NEW KNOXVILLE — Wapakoneta ACME coach Willie Sammetinger shook his head and smiled.
“I’ve never seen anybody have three,” he said.
“That” would be three triples in a game.
Wapak first baseman Brandon Miller did just that in a 14-6 win Thursday at New Knoxville, setting a new Wapak ACME record.
Wapak remained perfect on the season at 9-0.
How rare is three triples in a game? Consider this: in Major League history it has only happened 48 times. Compare that to hitting for the cycle, which has happened 291 times.
“The first one was a fastball early in the count,” Miller said. “The next couple at-bats he threw me a couple curve balls and got behind in the count. So I got a fastball at 2-0 and drove it.”
Miller’s performance was the highlight of a Wapak offensive outburst that produced 16 hits. Wapak scored at least two runs in every inning except the sixth.
Miller finished the game 4 for 5 with four runs scored and two RBIs.
“I guess it’s just a reflection of spending time in the cages and doing the work and being focused and ready to play,” Miller said.
Designated hitter Chandler Kaeck continued to hit the ball well, knocking out five singles in five trips to the plate. He scored three runs and drove in two.
Center fielder Josh Carder, batting in the nine hole, went 3 for 5 with two RBIs.
Shortstop Josh Apple was 1-for-5, but reached twice on errors and drove in three runs.
“The past two nights we’ve had pretty good batting practice,” Sammetinger said. “And like I’ve said before, you play like you practice.”
Keaton Zweibel picked up the win on the mound.
Wapak will play at St. Marys tonight at 6:30.