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July 7th, 2011
MINSTER â€” The Wapakoneta ACME baseball team showed it could make things interesting late â€” in both the best and worst sense Â â€” during the Auglaize County sectional tournament this week.
But above all the Redskins revealed that they were the countyâ€™s best summer baseball team.
Wapakoneta held off a late Minster charge for a 6-5 win in the sectional title game on Wednesday night to finish the tournament unscathed with a 3-0 record with comebacks and close calls throughout.
MINSTER â€” A rough start to Tuesday nightâ€™s game didnâ€™t deter the Minster ACME baseball team from assuring itself of a trip to the district tournament.
Minster pushed a run across in the bottom of the sixth inning and advanced to the title game of the Auglaize County sectional tournament with a 5-4 win over top-seeded St. Marys at Hanover Street Park.
Wapak, the No. 2 seed, and Minster will battle for the sectional crown tonight at 6. Since the tournament is double-elimination, if Minster wins that game the two teams will play again at 8:15.
MINSTER â€” Regardless of what happens Wednesday, the Wapakoneta ACME baseball team is headed to the district tournament.
Wapak earned that honor with yet another thrilling, come-from-behind win.
Wapak scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to rally to a 6-4 win over St. Marys in a sectional semifinal Sunday at Hanover Park in Minster.
â€śItâ€™s a huge, huge win,â€ť Wapak coach Willie Sammetinger said. â€śI canâ€™t say enough.â€ť
MINSTER â€” Two errors is human.
Nine is just ridiculous.
Even when you win.
Wapakoneta almost ruined Brandon Millerâ€™s nearly pristine pitching performance with nine errors but pulled out a 7-6 win over New Bremen in the opening round of the ACME baseball sectional tournament Friday at Hanover Park in Minster.
Miller drove in Josh Apple with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Wapak the win.
Despite four innings of no-hit baseball, Miller and Wapakoneta trailed 5-4 after four innings.
MINSTER â€” The Minster ACME baseball team continued its winning ways Friday night as it defeated New Knoxville 23-0 in five innings in the second game of the sectional ACME Tournament held at Minster.
Minster began the game with four runs in the first inning including a two-run home run to left field by Rob Wente. It scored four runs on four hits. Devon Poeppelman and Ryan Hoying also had doubles in the inning.
In the second inning, Minster scored two runs on a wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk to Doug Huber.
The Indiansâ€™ performance against the Giants in San Francisco didnâ€™t raise the optimism level among Tribe fans. It probably didnâ€™t do much to encourage the guys who play, either.
After scoring four runs and being swept in the three-game series at AT&T Park, despite good pitching, it was important to demonstrate a pulse at Chase Field.
And the Indians came through, winning two out of three before heading for Cincinnati to play the last three of this yearâ€™s interleague games.
CONVOY â€” Wapakoneta is beginning to master the art of the sixth-inning rally.
And while that may not be good for coach Nick Sammetingerâ€™s blood pressure, itâ€™s good for the win column.
For the second night in a row, Wapak had to come from behind to win, scoring a pair of runs in the sixth inning on its way to a 6-3 win over Crestview in an ACME baseball game Wednesday in Convoy.
On Tuesday, Wapak scored three times in the sixth in a comeback win over New Bremen.
If Tuesday night was any indication, Wapakonetaâ€™s ACME tournament opener on Friday should be a good one.
Wapak rallied from a three-run deficit to post a 7-5 win over New Bremen at Wapakoneta High School. The two teams are set to face each other when tournament play begins Friday night at 6 at Hanover Street Park in Minster.
Trailing 5-2 after 4 1/2 innings, Wapak scored twice in the bottom of the fifth and three times in the sixth for the come-from-behind win.
ACME Sectional Tournament Pairings
At Hanover Street Park
Game 1: (3) New Bremen vs. (2) WAPAKONETA, 6 p.m.
Game 2: (5) New Knoxville vs. (4) Minster, 8:15 p.m.
Game 3: Game 2 winner vs. (1) St. Marys, noon
Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 2:15 p.m.
Game 5: Game 4 loser vs. Game 3 loser, 1 p.m.
Game 6: Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 3:15 p.m.
Game 7: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 6 p.m.
Game 8 (championship): Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 6 p.m.
Dylan Knoch didnâ€™t take over as Wapakonetaâ€™s lead-off hitter until midseason.
Monday night he looked more like a cleanup hitter.
Knoch hit a lead-off home run in the first inning that proved to be the only offense Wapak would need in a 3-0 win over rival St. Marys in an ACME baseball game at Wapakoneta High School.
â€śIt was a curve ball that came down-in and I hit it before it broke over the plate,â€ť Knoch said. â€śI thought I leaned into it good enough and I just pulled it. It felt real good off the bat.â€ť