ST. MARYS — Aside from an early season wooden bat experiment, Wapakoneta has continued its success into the summer.
“They tried them in batting practice in the spring and they thought they might want to try them in the game,” Wapakoneta ACME coach Willie Sammetinger said, with a chuckle. “Well, they broke $200 worth of bats last night in Elida. They just fractured them. So we’re slowly but surely starting to go back to metal.”
The Redskins are showing theirs early in the ACME season.
The Redskins scored five runs in the second and seven runs in the third and Wapak starting pitcher Chace Culver threw five innings of one-hit, shutout baseball en route to a 17-0 win over St. Marys on Thursday night at K.C. Geiger Park.
Exactly a week after they were playing in a Division II state semifinal game in Columbus, most of the same players were back on the diamond piling up runs for the Wapakoneta ACME baseball team to move to 2-0.
“It’s a big comedown from the state tournament to starting all over again,” Sammetinger said. “But they’ve got an agenda and they’re working towards it. “
Culver, who was one-half of Wapak’s dominating pitching staff that put the Redskins a run short from a state title allowed only a Mason Gross first-inning hit. He struck out two in the win.
A bases-loaded error opened the floodgates to a five-run second inning.
A bases-loaded hit-by-pitch and walk made it 7-0 before Brandon Miller singled home two runs to make it 9-0.
Chandler Kaeck’s double drove in the 10th run.
Another St. Marys fielding error drove in two more for a 12-0.
“They made some crucial mistakes and we took advantage,” Sammetinger said.
Miller drove home two more with a single in the fourth.
Alex Koch’s two-run double in the fifth brought home Marshall Gerlach and Dom Campos.
Brandon Schreiber added an RBI single for the 17-0 final score.