After falling behind 3-0 in the first game of a doubleheader, the Wapakoneta Redskins ACME dominated the Bath Wildcats ACME team with a sweep of the twin bill.
The Redskins beat the Wildcats 9-3 in the opening game behind an 11-strikeout, three-hit performance by starting pitcher Dom Campos, and Wapak used their batting eye and bats for a 15-5 win in the second game as the team collected 10 hits.
“We are really playing well right now and we are getting timely hits with runners in scoring position,” Wapak ACME assistant coach Nick Sammetinger said after the Redskins improved to 12-2 on the season with a game slated today at home against the New Bremen Cardinals ACME team. “We are always running the bases well with some key steals to get them into scoring position including a couple of steals of third base.
“The idea is when you get on base is to get into scoring position and when you can get into scoring position then a base hit will drive in a run,” he said. “At the high school, every run you can manufacture can mean a lot in the end.”
Leading off the game, Campos issued a walk, gave up a base hit that rolled just fair down the base line between home and third and issued another walk before first baseman Eric Jordan ripped a double into right-center field plating all three runs.
After throwing 22 pitches through the first four batters, Campos beared down and struck out the next three batters, two looking.
The Redskin bats answered with some timely hits and base running to overcome the three-run Bath lead in their at-bat.
Wapak second baseman Alex Koch led off with a single into right-center field, shortstop Josh Apple hit a shot past third and catcher Brandon Schreiber loaded the bases with a bunt single.
After Koch scored on a passed ball, Apple scored when first baseman Brandon Miller struck out but made it to first base when the catcher failed to catch the third strike and no one covered the bag.
In another strange play, designated hitter Chandler Kaeck drove the ball to rightfielder Iain Cain with Schreiber tagging up on the play.
Before the ball nestled in Cain’s glove, the homeplate umpire screamed catcher’s obstruction awarding Kaeck a single and an RBI. Miller scored on a drive by rightfielder Andrew Hines through the third baseman Blake McGue.
The damage could have been worse, but Kaeck was thrown out at the plate on Hines’ hit and third baseman Marshall Gerlach, who walked, was thrown out when Campos hit a one-hopper to the pitcher.
After issuing a lead-off walk to start the second, Campos found control of his fastball and curve and struck out the next two batters and induced a ground ball.
The Wildcats did not threaten the rest of the way as Campos struck out six batters over the next five innings. Of his 11 strikeouts, seven were Bath Wildcat hitters watching the third strike go by “like a house by the side of the road.”
“The key to Dom pitching is I think he had to get over some nerves of this being his first start of the season because he usually comes out of the bullpen,” Sammetinger said noting Campos threw 36 pitches in that first inning and then he had 65 over the next six. “Once he got his curveball working and he had some movement they couldn’t touch him.”
The Redskins stretched the lead with Koch, who went 2-for-4 in the game, hitting a triple in the second and scoring on a ground ball by Apple.
In the third, Kaeck and Gerlach scored on singles by Campos and Knoch to give the Redskins a 7-3 lead, while in the fourth Schreiber stole second and third base and scored on an errant throw while Miller doubled and scored on a single by Gerlach.
By the end of the game, every batter had driven in a run. Schreiber ended the game going 2-for-4 and Gerlach went 2-for-2. Koch, Schreiber and Miller each scored twice.
A 10-hit barrage in the second game and timely pitching by Caleb Zweibel and Keaton Zweibel sealed the deal in the second game.
Koch and Kaeck each had two hits with Apple, Schreiber, Hines and Chace Culver, Jordan Kaeck and Dylan Knoch contributing with one hit each.
Caleb and Keaton Zweibel helped rest the bullpen and starting rotation. Caleb Zweibel pitched the first three innings, long enough for the win, before Hines pitched one-third of an inning. Keaton Zweibel came in and pitched the final 1 2/3.
“Keaton Zweibel, all year long, has been giving us quality innings out of the bullpen — he has been very solid,” Wapak ACME head coach Willie Sammetinger said. “He does anything I ask of him — he plays centerfield, he plays the corner outfield positions, he plays third base and he pitches.”
Sammetinger also said Caleb Zweibel pitched “a nice game for a spot start.”