The fallacy of the five-inning “mercy” rule is the use of the word “mercy.”
The merciful thing to do would have been to end this one a lot sooner than five innings.
Wapakoneta thoroughly thrashed New Knoxville 21-1 in an ACME baseball game Tuesday night at Wapakoneta High School.
Wapak pounded out 19 hits. Every player on the roster reached base as least once. And all nine starters scored at least one run.
“I don’t think these guys understand it yet. But they’re young,” Wapak coach Willie Sammetinger said. “They can hit. They’ve got speed. And they’ve got the desire to win. They can be as good as they want to be. This is a team that could go a ways this summer.”
Wapak scored eight runs in the first inning as 12 batters came to the plate.
It added two in the second, three in the third, and eight more in the fourth, sending 14 hitters to the plate.
Second baseman Alex Koch had four of Wapak’s 15 hits. Koch was 4-for-4 with four singles, a walk, four runs scored and two RBIs.
Left fielder Brandon Schreiber went 3 for 3 with a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored.
First baseman Chandler Kaeck went 2 for 3 with a double, drove in three runs and scored three.
Third baseman Marshall Gerlach was 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and four RBIs.
Shortstop Josh Apple was hit by pitches twice and scored three runs.
“Right now we’re playing really well,” Sammetinger said. “These guys are hungry and they want to win, they want to play, and they looked good. ... It was a fun night.”
On the mound, Brandon Miller allowed one run on three hits in four innings of work. He struck out five and walked two.
Keaton Zweibel gave up two singles and a walk in one inning of relief. But he got a double play ball to get out of the inning without giving up a run.
“Brandon Miller did an excellent job in the 90-degree heat” Sammetinger said.
Wapak is now 3-0 on the season. Next up is an away game at Shawnee on Thursday and a home game Friday against. LCC.