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The fallacy of the five-inning âmercyâ rule is the use of the word âmercy.â
The merciful thing to do would have been to end this one a lot sooner than five innings.
Wapakoneta thoroughly thrashed New Knoxville 21-1 in an ACME baseball game Tuesday night at Wapakoneta High School.
Wapak pounded out 19 hits. Every player on the roster reached base as least once. And all nine starters scored at least one run.
âI donât think these guys understand it yet. But theyâre young,â Wapak coach Willie Sammetinger said. âThey can hit. Theyâve got speed. And theyâve got the desire to win. They can be as good as they want to be. This is a team that could go a ways this summer.â
Wapak scored eight runs in the first inning as 12 batters came to the plate.
It added two in the second, three in the third, and eight more in the fourth, sending 14 hitters to the plate.
Second baseman Alex Koch had four of Wapakâs 15 hits. Koch was 4-for-4 with four singles, a walk, four runs scored and two RBIs.
Left fielder Brandon Schreiber went 3 for 3 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored.
First baseman Chandler Kaeck went 2 for 3 with a double, drove in three runs and scored three.
Third baseman Marshall Gerlach was 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and four RBIs.
Shortstop Josh Apple was hit by pitches twice and scored three runs.
âRight now weâre playing really well,â Sammetinger said. âThese guys are hungry and they want to win, they want to play, and they looked good. ... It was a fun night.â
On the mound, Brandon Miller allowed one run on three hits in four innings of work. He struck out five and walked two.
Keaton Zweibel gave up two singles and a walk in one inning of relief. But he got a double play ball to get out of the inning without giving up a run.
âBrandon Miller did an excellent job in the 90-degree heatâ Sammetinger said.
Wapak is now 3-0 on the season. Next up is an away game at Shawnee on Thursday and a home game Friday against. LCC.