ST. HENRY — Wapakoneta’s Josh Apple threw just one pitch during the entire varsity baseball season.
That pitch resulted in a long fly ball during a 19-3 loss to the Minster Wildcats in mid-April.
Monday, Apple threw 79 pitches in an ACME game at St. Henry.
Those pitches resulted in a complete-game, two-hit, shutout win over St. Henry.
Apple allowed a pair of doubles, one in the second and one in the seventh, and didn’t allow a runner past second base. He struck out four and walked just two.
“I was just throwing it across the plate,” Apple said. “That’s what I was doing. I was just letting them (the defense) work.”
“It’s a reflection on him,” said Wapak coach Willie Sammetinger of Apple.
“The kid works hard. He wants to play. He threw a nice game.”
Wapak struggled offensively but managed to produce just enough runs to win, plating one each in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
Dylan Knoch was hit by a pitch to lead off the third and stole his way to third before scoring on Keaton Zwiebel’s groundout to short.
Brandon Miller led off the fourth inning with a double and scored when St. Henry pitcher Kent Stammen hit Chase Culver with a pitch with the bases loaded.
Wapak’s final run came in the fifth when Brandon Schreiber hit a one-out triple and scored on Miller’s sacrifice fly to center.
But Wapak could only manage three hits for the game and hit a lot of fly balls.
“That is a reflection of our bats were slow tonight,” Sammetinger said. “Part of it is we didn’t have a good batting practice tonight. We kind of lolly-gagged a little bit. I’m a firm believer in you play how you practice.
Marshall Gerlach has a solid game at third base for Wapak, recording two put-outs and six assists at a busy third base.
“He was making some plays,” Apple said.
Said Sammentinger, “He’s a vacuum cleaner.”
Wapak improved to 6-0 on the season. But it faces a stiff challenge with 11 games in the next 13 days.
First up is a trip to Kenton tonight, then a home game against Kenton on Wednesday. Both games start at 6:30 p.m.