Handling the tag: Wapak deals with being sectional top seed

MINSTER — The Wapakoneta Redskins ACME baseball team put together enough key hits at the right time Sunday afternoon the top-seeded Redskins opened the 2012 Auglaize County ACME sectional tournament with a 5-0 victory over New Bremen.

“Brandon Miller did a good job and only had to throw about 85 pitches,” Wapakoneta ACME head coach Willie Sammetinger said. “After the first inning you could tell he was in command.”

Wapakoneta got on the board with a run in the bottom of the first inning. second baseman Alex Koch led off with a single and he promptly stole second. Following a fly out, Koch went to third when catcher Brandon Schreiber reached on an error. Starting pitcher Brandon Miller reached on a fielder’s choice hit to load the bases and Koch scored on a single to right by designated hitter Chandler Kaeck.

“The game should have been 0-0 into the fifth inning,” New Bremen ACME head coach Jack Gilberg said. “All three of the runs that they scored came with two outs. We have a young team and it comes down to the little things.”

In the second inning Wapakoneta increased their lead to 2-0. Third baseman Chace Culver led off with a single and he stole second. With two outs he scored on a single to left by Koch.

“You could tell we hadn’t played in four days,” Sammetinger said. “Today we got the hits at the right time. Lately we have been able to string hits together.”

It became 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out, center fielder Keaton Zwiebel reached on an error and stole second. Following a strikeout, Zwiebel scored on a single by Koch. In the game Koch was 3-3 with a walk. He scored twice and drove in two runs.

Wapakoneta concluded the scoring with a pair of runs in the sixth inning. With one out, right fielder Dylan Knoch drew a walk and stole second. Koch drew

a walk and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Left fielder Dominic Campos lined out and Knoch scored on an error. Koch scored the final run on a wild pitch for the 5-0 victory.

“New Bremen was at a little disadvantage because of a lack of pitchers,” Sammetinger said. “They have a couple of sore arms and we were able to take advantage.”

Wapakoneta moves into the winner’s bracket and will play the winner of Monday’s 5:30 p.m. between St. Marys and Minster.

The Wildcats’ and Roughriders’ game was rained out on Sunday and will start at 5:30 p.m. tonight. New Bremen will play the loser of the St. Marys-Minster game on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.