- Eyes On
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.
Wednesday nightâ€™s rally erased a 3-1 deficit after five innings. Wapak scored three times in the sixth to take a 4-3 lead and added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh.
It was the regular season finale for Wapak (15-2). Sectional tournament play begins Friday at Hanover Street Park in Minster. Wapak plays New Bremen at 6 p.m.
â€śAs I told the team tonight after the game, we now begin our second season and 15-2 means nothing,â€ť Sammetinger said. â€śWe must come ready to play all seven innings each game and keep focus. During the tournament, the best teams take advantage of other teams weaknesses.â€ť
Chandler Kaeck provided the fireworks with a two-run home run. Kaeck was 2-for-2 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Wapak mustered just six hits. Andrew Hines went 1 for 3 with two RBIs and scored once.
â€śWe continue to get behind in the count at the plate,â€ť Sammetinger said. â€śHowever, tonight we saw 75-percent off-speed stuff.â€ť
Alex Koch picked up the win. He threw the final 2 2/3 innings, shutting Crestview out. He gave up three hits while striking out two and walking one. Koch is 1-0 on the season.
Marshall Gerlach started on the mound and threw one inning, allowing two hits and one earned run.
Caleb Zweibel relieved Gerlach in the second and pitched 3 1/3 innings. He yielded two runs, both unearned, on just two hits.
â€śTonight was more of a tune-up again for two pitchers who have not thrown a lot,â€ť Sammetinger said. â€śAlso, we gave Marshall Gerlach 20 pitches to keep his arm in shape and ready for the weekend.â€ť
Either Gerlach or Brandon Miller is expected to start on Friday.