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Wapak tops Kenton; showdown with Defiance today

April 29, 2014

Wapakoneta Redskins freshman Nate Schroer fields a ground ball to the right of the pitcher’s mound Monday in a Western Buckeye League varsity baseball game against the Kenton Wildcats at Wapakoneta High School. (Staff photo/Michelle Frank)

From staff reports

The Wapakoneta Redskins held on for a 5-4 win Monday against the Kenton Wildcats in a Western Buckeye League varsity baseball game at Wapakoneta High School.

Since a loss in the league opener to Van Wert, the Redskins have won five straight WBL games and are currently tied for second place.

Wapakoneta’s win Monday set up a showdown scheduled for this afternoon between Wapakoneta (12-4, 5-1) and unbeaten Defiance, which is alone in first place in the WBL standings.

Wapak never trailed in the game Monday. All four of Kenton’s runs were unearned, as Wapak committed four errors in the game Monday.

The Redskins established a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Quinn Lotridge singled, reached second on an error and scored on a single by the next hitter, Adam Henderson.

Kenton tied the game with a single run in the third inning.

Lotridge and Henderson led Wapak’s next scoring effort, in the bottom of the third inning.

The duo each singled with one out. Chandler Kaeck singled home Lotridge, while Henderson scored on a RBI groundout by Chace Culver, as the Redskins led 3-1.

Wapak added two more in the fifth.

Henderson singled in his third straight plate appearance, while Kaeck reached on a fielder’s choice. Nate Keack reached on catcher’s interference to load the bases, then Kodi Morgan batted in two to push Wapak’s lead to 5-1.

Kenton answered with three runs in the sixth inning and put the tying run at second and the go-ahead run on first in the top of the seventh inning.

Nate Schroer earned the win for Wapak. He pitched five innings, allowed one (unearned) run on five hits and two walks and struck out five.

Jake Bruns pitched the sixth inning for Wapak. He allowed three unearned runs and one hit.

Zach Golliday picked up a save after throwing the seventh inning. He allowed one hit and one walk, striking out one.

Keaton Metz had two hits for the Redskins.

Wapak has won four straight games.

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