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June 11th, 2012
Just like their senior counterparts, the Wapakoneta Junior ACME team has started the season with a perfect 3-0 record.
The team has been dominant, winning all three games by 10-run run-rules including a pair of 12-1 wins.
Wapakoneta High School sophomore pitcher Quinn Lotridge combined with classmate Kodi Morgan on a three-hitter on Monday as the Redskins beat the Celina Bulldogs 12-1. The tandem struck out 10 batters as they limited the Bulldogs to one run in six innings.
BOTKINS — Botkins cross country and track standout, Brittany Bailey, has signed a letter of intent to attend Wright State University in the fall.
Bailey will compete on both the cross country and track teams at Wright State.
She is coming off a sixth-place finish in the 800-meter run at the Division II state track and field meet.
NEW BREMEN — The Wapakoneta ACME baseball team scored nine runs in the first two innings and scored 17 runs for the second straight night in a 17-5 win over New Bremen in six innings on Friday night.
“They did a nice job of pounding the ball tonight,” Wapakoneta coach Willie Sammetinger said. “They made some mistakes early and our guys took advantage.”
ST. MARYS — Aside from an early season wooden bat experiment, Wapakoneta has continued its success into the summer.
“They tried them in batting practice in the spring and they thought they might want to try them in the game,” Wapakoneta ACME coach Willie Sammetinger said, with a chuckle. “Well, they broke $200 worth of bats last night in Elida. They just fractured them. So we’re slowly but surely starting to go back to metal.”
The Redskins are showing theirs early in the ACME season.
By LANCE MIHM
It was a true David versus Goliath story.
While twin sisters Ivy and Morgan Horn fell just short of their goal of bringing home a state girls track Division III champion, they undoubtedly impressed onlookers with a strong performance over the weekend.
The pair guided Waynesfield-Goshen to a runner-up finish by scoring 34 points as the only two qualifiers for the team. The pair knew they had a shot at a title against a strong Versailles team, which had 11 runners competing. Versailles nipped the Tigers for the title with 39 points.
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.