Archive - Sports Article
May 24th, 2012
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.
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.