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.
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.
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.