NEW BREMEN — The Wapakoneta ACME baseball team scored nine runs in the first two innings and scored 17 runs for the second straight night in a 17-5 win over New Bremen in six innings on Friday night.
“They did a nice job of pounding the ball tonight,” Wapakoneta coach Willie Sammetinger said. “They made some mistakes early and our guys took advantage.”
“Those first two innings killed us,” New Bremen coach Logan O’Neill said. “Good teams take advantage of mistakes and that is what Wapakoneta did tonight.”
Wapakoneta got the scoring underway quickly in the first inning. With one out, Josh Apple reached on a bunt single and went to Kaeck on a wild pitch. Brandon Schreiber reached on an error and Brandon Miller loaded the bases with a walk. Chandler Kaeck laced a double to right that brought home two runs. Following a pop up, Miller and Kaeck scored when Chace Culver reached on an error for a 4-0 lead.
In the second inning things got worse for New Bremen as Wapakoneta batted around scoring five more runs. Dylan Knoch led off and reached on an error and scored on a double to right by Alex Koch.
Apple reached on a hit batter and both runners advanced on a balk. Schreiber walked to load the bases. A fly out to center by Miller scored Koch. Apple came home on a wild pitch. Schreiber came home on a double by Kaeck and Kaeck scored with two outs on a single by Culver.
Wapakoneta got over the run limit with a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Culver got a one out single and Knoch walked with two outs. Both runners scored on a single by Koch and Apple reached on an error and scored on a single by Schreiber to give Wapakoneta a 12-0 lead.
New Bremen finally got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the score 12-2.
In the bottom of the fifth inning New Bremen avoided the run rule when they scored three times, making the score 12-5.
Wapakoneta put the game away in the top of the sixth as they batted around for the second time and scored five runs. Dom Campos came on in the sixth and retired the side for the victory. Marshall Gerlach pitched the first five innings for the victory.
“We got some gifts tonight, but a win is a win,” Sammetinger said. “Gerlach tired a little in the fifth and Campos came on to finish the game.”