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May 28th, 2013
BLUFFTON — Seven innings wasn’t enough to determine a district champion in the Division II Bluffton District Title game.
The Wapakoneta Redskins and the Lexington Minutemen found themselves tied at 2-2 heading into extra innings. The Redskins were able to load the bases three times in late innings, but the third time turned out to be the charm for the defending-state-runner ups from Wapakoneta.
BLUFFTON — After reinjuring an old football injury in the last week, it was unsure whether Johnny Crawford would play in the District Semifinal game against the Bellevue Redmen.
Four Wapakoneta Redskins made the Western Buckeye League first-team list, tied for most in the league with Shawnee.
In baseball, Johnny Crawford and Chandler Kaeck made the first team list.
Crawford is the No. 1 pitcher for the Redskins and the centerfielder on his off days. He is a dynamic southpaw that is a threat on the mound and at the plate. Crawford has committed to play college baseball at Bowling Green State University.
Wapakoneta has filled the vacant basketball coaching position with a young gun who has experience in rebuilding programs to title contenders.
Doug Selvey, who has coached the last four seasons at Danville High School, has been recommended to the board to fill the vacant position.
The board is expected to approve the hire on May 28.
WAYNESFIELD — The Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers varsity boys track team held off the Fairbanks Panthers in an exciting finish at the Northwest Central Conference track meet.
The Tigers had a team score of 172, while the second place Panthers posted a 167.
W-G’s Eli O’Leary and Drew Lament shared the meet MVP title.
BATH — The Wapakoneta varsity softball team has already advanced to the Miller City district and will play Maumee after defeating Celina Wednesday.
The Redskins were locked in third place in the Western Buckeye League.
Wapakoneta varsity coach Bill Sammons saw Friday’s WBL finale a great chance to give the team some looks of adversity and some situational softball.
The Wapakoneta Redskins varsity softball team found itself in a tough spot. It was the bottom of the third inning, and they were trailing the Celina Bulldogs by seven runs.
Add to that, the Redskins have only beaten the Bulldogs once in the last four years.
Add the added pressure that if the Redskins lose this game, their tournament life is over.
Not a problem.
With a 6-3 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, the Wapakoneta Redskins likely thought they could stamp their ticket to the next round of sectional play.
The Shawnee Indians had other plans.
After trailing the Redskins 4-3 at the end of the fifth inning and watching the Bill Sammons-led squad take a 6-3 lead in the sixth, the Indians scored three times in their last at-bat to tie the game at 6.
CELINA — With league play finished and the sectional tournament on the horizon, the Wapakoneta Redskins scheduled an extra game against the Celina Bulldogs Thursday to keep the team loose before playoffs begin.
Wapakoneta starting pitcher Johnny Crawford, who went 5-plus innings and allowed only two earned runs in the sixth inning, picked up the victory for the Redskins, 4-2.
The Wapakoneta Redskins’ bats came alive Tuesday as they cruised to a run-rule victory in five innings.
Solid pitching from junior starter Chace Culver and home runs from a couple of seniors lifted the Redskins over the visiting Van Wert Cougars.