(5-13-20) Mike Wiss and his Minster Wildcats have had an impressive run in Ohio High School baseball over the years, including Midwest Athletic Conference and OHSAA state championships. They have also had some individual highlight moments from outstanding players, on May 13th 2015 Josh Nixon would throw Minster’s first ever perfect game, according to the OHSAA Record Book, against Perry in a Sectional Tournament game.
Nixon would strike out 8 and get some great defensive support in the Wildcats 2-0 win over the Commodores.
After the game Nixon told the Evening Leader –
“I started thinking about it (perfect game) about the fifth inning. I looked up and realized there were zeroes on the board. I tried not to think about it, but especially in that last inning it kept creeping up.”
Veteran Coach Mike Wiss commented to the Daily Standard on the outstanding defensive plays that made it a perfect game-
“There were some big plays (J.R. Nixon, Bryce Schmiesing and J.R. King), and I told them ‘Sometimes in these games, somebody is going to have the chance to be the hero. In the third inning, you’re not going to know that’s the hero play.
Josh is going to get a lot of credit for what occurred tonight, and I’m going to flip him the game ball, and I’m going to say congratulations to our team because you just got off of our field and advanced to the next round.”
The win by no means was a ‘cake walk’ for Minster, Perry freshman Austin Money, allowed just two hits and one earned run in six innings.
Minster would score its only two runs early when lead-off hitter Peter Falk (not the actor) was hit by a pitch in the first inning and would score on a wild pitch. The Wildcats would score their final run in the second inning when Ben Stubbs’ two-out RBI scored Brett Hoelscher, who had advanced to third on two errors.
Nixon, a three sport star, was a top ranked QB at Minster –
- 2015 First Team All-Ohio, 2015 First Time All-MAC, 2015 Northwest District Offensive Player of the Year for football
- Minster All-Time leader in passing completions, yards, and touchdowns
- Three year letter winner and 2016 First Team All-MAC for basketball
- Four year letter winner for baseball
- First Team All-MAC for three years for baseball
Read from the Community Post how Nixon’s athletic career has taken a turn due to the pandemic –