ST. HENRY â€” Wapakonetaâ€™s Josh Apple threw just one pitch during the entire varsity baseball season.
That pitch resulted in a long fly ball during a 19-3 loss to the Minster Wildcats in mid-April.
Monday, Apple threw 79 pitches in an ACME game at St. Henry.
Those pitches resulted in a complete-game, two-hit, shutout win over St. Henry.
Apple allowed a pair of doubles, one in the second and one in the seventh, and didnâ€™t allow a runner past second base. He struck out four and walked just two.
â€śI was just throwing it across the plate,â€ť Apple said. â€śThatâ€™s what I was doing. I was just letting them (the defense) work.â€ť
â€śItâ€™s a reflection on him,â€ť said Wapak coach Willie Sammetinger of Apple.
â€śThe kid works hard. He wants to play. He threw a nice game.â€ť
Wapak struggled offensively but managed to produce just enough runs to win, plating one each in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
Dylan Knoch was hit by a pitch to lead off the third and stole his way to third before scoring on Keaton Zwiebelâ€™s groundout to short.
Brandon Miller led off the fourth inning with a double and scored when St. Henry pitcher Kent Stammen hit Chase Culver with a pitch with the bases loaded.
Wapakâ€™s final run came in the fifth when Brandon Schreiber hit a one-out triple and scored on Millerâ€™s sacrifice fly to center.
But Wapak could only manage three hits for the game and hit a lot of fly balls.
â€śThat is a reflection of our bats were slow tonight,â€ť Sammetinger said. â€śPart of it is we didnâ€™t have a good batting practice tonight. We kind of lolly-gagged a little bit. Iâ€™m a firm believer in you play how you practice.
Marshall Gerlach has a solid game at third base for Wapak, recording two put-outs and six assists at a busy third base.
â€śHe was making some plays,â€ť Apple said.
Said Sammentinger, â€śHeâ€™s a vacuum cleaner.â€ť
Wapak improved to 6-0 on the season. But it faces a stiff challenge with 11 games in the next 13 days.
First up is a trip to Kenton tonight, then a home game against Kenton on Wednesday. Both games start at 6:30 p.m.