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Four Wapakoneta Redskins made the Western Buckeye League first-team list, tied for most in the league with Shawnee.
In baseball, Johnny Crawford and Chandler Kaeck made the first team list.
Crawford is the No. 1 pitcher for the Redskins and the centerfielder on his off days. He is a dynamic southpaw that is a threat on the mound and at the plate. Crawford has committed to play college baseball at Bowling Green State University.
Kaeck is the other Redskin baseball player to make the first-team list.
Kaeck has been getting the job done all year with his bat, batting close to a .400 batting average. Kaeck plays first base, and despite what you may think, had the ability to make plays on with his feet. Although only one home run on the season, it was a grand slam against the Celina Bulldogs.
Carli Sammons made the all-WBL list for the softball team with her excellent play at second base and her role as the second pitcher for the Redskins. Sammons, time after time would make jaw-dropping plays the the second base gap, causing coaches headache after headache.
Renee Lovett, the starting pitcher for the Redskins, also earned first-team honors.
Lovett, all season, was tasked with facing the best teams in the league, and she almost always came through in pressure situations.
The Redskins knocked off two tough WBL teams on their way to the district semifinal, and Renee was pitching for both of those games.
Andrew Hines, a hard-hitting right fielder for the baseball team, grabbed second team honors.
Hines has a team-leading three home runs on the season.
Behind the plate for the softball team, Kati Sawmiller grabbed second-team all-league honors. With her solid defense and explosive bat, Sawmiller was a no-brainer for this list.
Senior shortstop Josh Apple and junior pitcher Chace Culver both earned third-team all-league honors.
Culver is the No. 2 pitcher for the Redskins and provided a strong second jab to the deadly Wapakoneta 1-2 punch.
Apple at the shortstop position made plays that could make most area highlight reels on almost a daily basis. Combined with his speed, Apple was a threat at the plate and an opposing coaches nightmare in the field.
Also earning third-team all-league was the softball shortstop, Amy Hume. Hume was a steady backbone for the Wapakoneta infield and came through with several timely hits at the plate.
Earning honorable mention honors was baseball’s Brandon Schreiber. Behind the plate, Schreiber was determined to make runners pay for trying to steal on him, but in the base path, his goal was to run against the opposing catcher.
Softball’s centerfielder, Kristi Bailey, earned honorable mention for her defense in the outfield and her patience and clutch hitting at the plate.View more articles in: