Archive - 2012 - Sports Article
It has been two months since the Wapakoneta Redskins scrimmaged the Tiffin Columbian Tornadoes.
A lot has changed since then. Thursday, both teams will find out just how much when they meet in a Division II district semifinal at 2 p.m. at Bluffton University.
Monday, the Redskins rolled in their final tuneup before that game, defeating the Riverside Pirates 10-0 in six innings in a game added to the schedule at the last minute.
ANNA — The Botkins Trojans varsity girls track team finished third at the Shelby County League meet Friday at Anna.
Botkins scored 112 points, eight points back of a runner-up finish.
Russia won the county title with 174 points. Fort-Loramie was second with 120.
For Botkins, Brittany Bailey was the SCL champion in the 400 run with a time of 1:01.25.
Bailey also placed second in the 800 run at 2:21.73 and fourth in the 1,600 run at 5:23.8.
ELIDA — Elida varsity coach Todd Grapner frankly has seen enough of Johnny Crawford.
The Wapakoneta Redskins left-hander threw 12 innings of shutout baseball in two games against the Bulldogs this season.
Tuesday night, he tossed a two-hit, complete-game shutout to lead Wapak to a 2-0 win on a Division II sectional final at Ed Sandy Field in Elida.
It was his sixth straight shutout.
BATH TOWNSHIP — The momentum was gone but the lead wasn’t.
In the end, that was all that mattered.
The Wapakoneta Redskins completed their Division II softball sectional semifinal game Tuesday by blanking the Van Wert Cougars 3-0.
Wapakoneta scored two quick runs in the first inning Monday before lightning and rain ended play in the second inning.
The Redskins wouldn’t score again until the top of the seventh on Tuesday.
BOTKINS — The Botkins Trojans came up just short in their Division IV baseball first-round tournament game, falling by a 4-3 score to the Fairlawn Jets on Tuesday at Botkins Community Park.
Fairlawn took a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first inning and never trailed. The Jets made it a 3-0 game in the second before Botkins scored once in the bottom half of the second and once more in the third to close the gap to 3-2.
Five days, four wins.
The Redskins are on a roll.
Wapakoneta won its fourth game in a row, topping the Triad Cardinals 5-1 in a lightning-shortened varsity baseball game Friday at Wapakoneta High School.
The winning streak gives the Redskins some much-needed momentum with their first tournament right around the corner. Wapak will play the winner of today’s Elida-Kenton game at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Elida’s Ed Sandy Field.
The Redskins head into the postseason with an 18-4 record.
Sometimes it’s not the team that makes the most plays that comes out on top. Sometimes it’s the one that makes the fewest mistakes.
Friday night, that team was the St. Marys Roughriders.
St. Marys took advantage of a slew of miscues in the first three innings to post a 5-1 win over the rival Wapakoneta Redskins in a Western Buckeye League varsity baseball game at Wapakoneta High School.
ST. MARYS — Courtney Knippen and the Wapakoneta softball team pounced on St. Marys pitching from the start to take any drama out of the game against its Auglaize County rivals.
The Redskins sent 15 batters to the plate and scored 10 runs in the top of the first inning en route to a 15-1 run-rule victory in five innings at K.C. Geiger Park on Friday.
Knippen started and finished the scoring outburst with a pair of extra-base hits.
BOTKINS — The Riverside Pirates rolled to an 8-1 win over the Botkins Trojans in a non-league varsity baseball game Friday at Botkins Community Park.
Riverside held the Trojans to just three hits while knocking out 12 of its own.
Botkins’ lone run came in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Pirates scored one in the first, two in the fourth, three in the sixth and two in the seventh.
Evan Dietz was 1-for-3 with a double for the Trojans.
Seth Hoying was tabbed with the loss.
Megan Hayzlett was just a little disappointed.
Who could blame her?
Two years ago, as a freshman, the advanced all the way to the Division I state track and field meet in the high jump.
Then, as a sophomore, she made it to regionals but to qualify for the state meet.
So the goal this year for the Wapakoneta Redskins junior was a simple one.