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By JOHN S. HULLINGER
COLUMBUS â€” It wasnâ€™t supposed to happen this year.
But that didnâ€™t make it any easier when it didnâ€™t.
Conventional wisdom from the beginning was that the junior-laden Wapakoneta Redskins were getting primed at a run for the state baseball title in 2013.
Then 2012 happened.
Defending Division II state champions Columbus St. Francis DeSales handed the Redskins a 3-2 defeat and claimed a repeat state championship Saturday at Huntington Park in Columbus.
COLUMBUS — The conditions weren’t pretty. And the height wasn’t what she wanted. But Wapakoneta’s Megan Hayzlett had to be pleased with the result.
The Redskins junior earned a spot on the medal stand, finishing fourth in the high jump during Day 1 of the Division II state track and field meet Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Hayzlett cleared 5-foot-2, three inches below her seed height and personal record of 5-5.
Wapakoneta baseball coach Jason Brandt knew pitching wasn’t going to be a problem in the leadup to the 2012 season.
Hitting? Now that was a question mark.
The Redskins returned just three players with a combined 100 varsity at bats. The new bat standards only added to the suspense.
As Wapakoneta (24-5) prepares for its first trip to the state baseball tournament, that question has been answered.
The Redskins are batting .320 as a team and have scored 29 runs in five tournament games.
Every championship boxer needs a good 1-2 combination — that right-left combo that leaves opponents staggering.
As the Wapakoneta Redskins head to the state baseball final four on Thursday, junior Johnny Crawford and sophomore Chace Culver have proven to be that combination.
Through five tournament games, Crawford’s left arm and Culver’s right have held opponents to just three runs.
TIFFIN — For the past six years, the Defiance Bulldogs have been the unquestioned kings of the Western Buckeye League.
But not on Friday.
Not with the way Chace Culver pitched. Not with the way Johnny Crawford, Alex Koch, Dom Campos and Marshall Gerlach played defense. And not with the way everyone in lineup slots 1 through 9 hit the ball and ran the bases.
It was a virtually flawless performance.
LEXINGTON — Megan Hayzlett is heading back to state.
The Wapakoneta Redskins junior won the Division II regional high jump title on Thursday at Lexington High School, earning her second berth to the state meet.
Hayzlett qualified as a freshman before missing the cut her junior year,
Hayzlett cleared 5-5 to edge a familiar foe, Celina Bulldogs’s Lizz Carr for the top spot.
Senior Mallory McDevitt is schedule to compete in the pole vault at 11:30 this morning.
From staff reports
TIFFIN — One streak ended, but another streak continues.
Wapakoneta Redskin junior pitcher Johnny Crawford watched his consecutive scoreless streak end when he surrendered his first run in 45 innings when the Padua Franciscan Bruins scored in the bottom of the second inning, but the Redskins continued their winning streak in the state playoffs with a 7-1 win.
When you’ve thrown 44 straight scoreless innings, people start to notice.
Wapakoneta Redskins southpaw Johnny Crawford received that notice when the All-Western Buckeye League baseball and softball honors were released Tuesday.
Crawford was the lone Redskins baseball player to be selected to the first team. The junior pitcher has not given up a run since a 7-2 win over Greenville on Tuesday, March 27.
Only one meet separates a select group from a trip to Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
More than a dozen area athletes secured their places in the regional track and field meets based on their performances in the district meets last week.
The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers lead the way with six athletes in 12 events qualifying.
The Botkins Trojans qualified four individuals in five events and one relay team.
And the Wapakoneta Redskins are sending two athletes in two events.
BLUFFTON — Of all the strikes thrown Saturday, Andrew Hines’ might have been the biggest.
Wapakoneta’s junior right fielder slammed the door on an early Bellevue scoring threat with a perfect throw to the plate.
Chace Culver took over from there and silenced the Redmen over the final six innings as the Redskins pulled away for a 4-1 win in a Division II district final at Bluffton University.