Sometime around the middle of Wapakoneta’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 LCC’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.
“When he stays on top of his curve ball, ... it’s unhittable,” Wapak coach Willie Sammetinger said. “He has a huge break on his breaking ball.”
Culver went the distance for the complete-game shutout, picking up his second win in as many starts.
“My curve ball was working every now and then,” Culver said. “I could spot my fast ball and my change up.
“Early in the game the curve ball wasn’t working. But towards the late-third, early fourth inning, I could spot it wherever.”
Culver threw 117 pitches, 77 for strikes. He walked just three and scattered four hits.
“He’s a bulldog,” Sammetinger said. “He wants the ball. ... You strike out a lot of batters, you’re going to throw a lot of pitches.”
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 Schreiber’s sacrifice fly to center field.
Koch then connected on a two-out, two-run double — scoring Marshall Gerlach and Josh Carder — in the second inning to put Wapak up 3-0.
Koch drove in Wapak’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.