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Sometime around the middle of Wapakonetaâ€™s ACME baseball game against LCC on Friday night, a brisk breeze kicked up.
One could be forgiven for having a difficult time telling if the breeze came from the storm front that blew into the area or from LCCâ€™s flailing bats.
Pitcher Chase Culver had LCC twisted in knots as he struck out 15 of the 29 batters he faced to lead Wapak to a 4-0 win at Wapakoneta High School.
â€śWhen he stays on top of his curve ball, ... itâ€™s unhittable,â€ť Wapak coach Willie Sammetinger said. â€śHe has a huge break on his breaking ball.â€ť
Culver went the distance for the complete-game shutout, picking up his second win in as many starts.
â€śMy curve ball was working every now and then,â€ť Culver said. â€śI could spot my fast ball and my change up.
â€śEarly in the game the curve ball wasnâ€™t working. But towards the late-third, early fourth inning, I could spot it wherever.â€ť
Culver threw 117 pitches, 77 for strikes. He walked just three and scattered four hits.
â€śHeâ€™s a bulldog,â€ť Sammetinger said. â€śHe wants the ball. ... You strike out a lot of batters, youâ€™re going to throw a lot of pitches.â€ť
Second baseman Alex Koch had a big night at the plate. Koch was 3-for-4 with a single, double, triple and three RBIs.
He scored what would turn out to be the game-winning run in the home half of the first inning. After leading off with a triple off the wall in right-center, Koch scored on catcher Brandon Schreiberâ€™s sacrifice fly to center field.
Koch then connected on a two-out, two-run double â€” scoring Marshall Gerlach and Josh Carder â€” in the second inning to put Wapak up 3-0.
Koch drove in Wapakâ€™s fourth and final run in the sixth inning, scoring Keaton Zweibel on a two-out infield single.
Wapak improved to 5-0 on the season. Next up is a game Monday night at 6:30 at St. Henry.