Archive - Jun 2011 - Sports Article
Sometime around the middle of Wapakonetaâs ACME baseball game against LCC on Friday night, a brisk breeze kicked up.
One could be forgiven for having a difficult time telling if the breeze came from the storm front that blew into the area or from LCCâs flailing bats.
Pitcher Chase Culver had LCC twisted in knots as he struck out 15 of the 29 batters he faced to lead Wapak to a 4-0 win at Wapakoneta High School.
âWhen he stays on top of his curve ball, ... itâs unhittable,â Wapak coach Willie Sammetinger said. âHe has a huge break on his breaking ball.â
SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP â Wapakoneta pitcher Marshall Gerlach said he knew Trey Runnealsâ line shot was gone the second it left the bat.
What he didnât know in that instant was that it would curl just outside the left-field foul pole.
Gerlach took advantage of his second chance and blew a two-strike fastball by Runneals to secure a 4-3 comeback win over Shawnee in a nail-biter ACME baseball game Thursday at Shawnee High School.
âI had a lot of adrenaline going on that last pitch, just trying to get one by him,â Gerlach said.
ROSSBURG â Ron Capps looked around from his director style folding chair with a horde of media members surrounding him, logos splashed behind him and a growing crowd filling in Eldora Speedwayâs stands and marveled at the growth of the Prelude to the Dream.
Capps has driven in all seven Prelude events at the Rossburg track. When it started Capps simply hopped in another driverâs Dirt Late Model ride without much training, set-up or testing.
The fallacy of the five-inning âmercyâ rule is the use of the word âmercy.â
The merciful thing to do would have been to end this one a lot sooner than five innings.
Wapakoneta thoroughly thrashed New Knoxville 21-1 in an ACME baseball game Tuesday night at Wapakoneta High School.
Wapak pounded out 19 hits. Every player on the roster reached base as least once. And all nine starters scored at least one run.
ST. MARYS â The St. Marys Post 323 American Legion baseball team puts its trio of Wapakoneta grads right in the heart of its order and at the center of its hopes for success this summer.
As it opens the 2011 season, the trio of Greg Stoll, Dustin Gerlach and Kaleb Coil anchors Bill Shoffnerâs team.
âWe really donât know all of our teammates yet, so itâs nice to have some teammates around,â Coil said. âHaving two other guys who have big-game experience who played in a regional finals a couple years ago helps, too.â
COLUMBUS â It was almost over before it had barely begun.
Now it is over.
And the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers girls 400-meter relay team is the fastest in the land.
The Tigers erased the memory of an almost disastrous district preliminary race that could have ended their tournament run with a dominant performance in the Division III state final Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
W-Gâs foursome of senior Abbey Gray, junior Morgan Horn, senior Frankie James and junior Ivy Horn was virtually flawless.
âOur handoffs were probably the best theyâve ever been,â Gray said.
COLUMBUS â Waynesfield-Goshen junior Ivy Horn is used to being at the front of the pack.
And after three straight trips to the Division III state track meet, sheâs used to sharing the front with some familiar faces â Rittmanâs Crystal Barber and Sidney Lehmanâs Gretchen Walter.
Horn finished second in the 100 dash on Saturday with a time of 12.48, just .06 behind Walter and .01 ahead of Barber.
Then in the 200, she finished third with a 25.81 behind Barber (25.44) and Walter (25.64).
âI knew it was going to be me, Gretchen and Crystal up there,â Horn said.
ROCKFORD â The Wapakoneta ACME team cruised to 10-0, five-inning run-rule win over Parkway on Friday in Rockford.
Chase Culver picked up the win, throwing five shutout innings with four strikeouts, three walks and just two hits.
Wapakâs Alex Koch went 3 for 4 with a double, two runs, two RBIs and a stolen base.
Catcher Brandon Schreiber was 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored, one RBI and one stolen base. He also threw out three runners and allowed no stolen bases.
Brandon Miller went 2 for 3 with a home run and a double. He drove in four runs and scored one.
COLUMBUS â The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers track team had a solid day on the first day of the Division III state track meet Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
The girls team scored its first points of the meet in the field-event finals thanks to a strong performance by senior Abbey Gray in the long jump.
Junior Ivy Horn advanced to the finals in three events but suffered a disappointing result in her fourth event.
And the boys team exceeded expectations, but came up short of placing in the finals of its two events.
In this Oct. 22, 2010 file photo, Wapakoneta Redskins linebacker Zach Ferenbaugh (33) tackles Kenton Wildcatsâ Kieran Fetter (11) as Wapakâs Royce Kantner (29) comes up on the play. Ferenbaugh and Kantner are two of seven Redskins players selected to play in the WBL vs. MAC/NWC All-Star Game on June 10 at Van Wert High School. They will be joined by Maverick Liles, Logan Erb, Cale Tabler, Alex Parker and Trevor Raines. Wapak and Kenton tied for the most players selected for the game.