The pitching just doesn’t seem to run out for the Wapakoneta Redskins ACME team.
This time, it was starting pitcher Marshall Gerlach’s turn to baffle opposing hitters.
Gerlach limited a solid Coldwater Cavaliers ACME team to three hits and never allowed a runner to reach third base as the Redskins nailed down a 5-0 win Wednesday.
“He continually worked ahead in the count tonight,” Wapakoneta ACME head coach Willie Sammetinger said. “He is tough to score on when he is getting ahead in the count.”
Gerlach needed only 75 pitches to get through the game, throwing 53 for strikes. He struck out six.
In the other dugout, Coldwater starting pitcher Matt Selhorst was doing a pretty good job himself keeping hitters guessing. He had limited Wapakoneta to two hits and faced the minimum 12 batters before the Redskins finally got to him in the fifth inning.
Redskins designated hitter Chandler Kaeck got the inning started with a one-out walk and went to second on a passed ball. The extra base wasn’t needed, as Gerlach plated the game’s first run with a triple passed the right fielder’s extended glove on a 3-2 pitch. Wapakoneta right fielder Andrew Hines followed it up with a single to left for a second run.
The Redskins added three insurance runs in the sixth inning when shortstop Josh Apple starting things with an impressive bunt towards third for an infield hit. He scored on catcher’s Brandon Schreiber’s single and a throwing error by the catcher that left Schreiber standing on third base. First baseman Brandon Miller drew a walk, and back-to-back hits by Kaeck and Gerlach plated two more runs.
While the Redskins had a mediocre eight hits, they did again what has become common for the team. They were able to string them together. Of the eight, six came in the fifth and sixth innings. The hits again were back-to-back in the fifth and hits were back-to-back twice in the sixth, sandwiched around a walk.
Sammetinger said it is as much the tough pitching available in the area as it is anything.
“We only had two strikeouts so we were putting the ball in play,” Sammetinger said. “There is some pretty good baseball around here. Just about everybody you see pitches pretty well.
“I believe hitting is contagious,” he said. “You can have 10 to 12 hits in a game but if you don’t string them together it is hard to score runs. We are stringing them together.”
Selhorst was outpitching his counterpart for the first four innings, throwing 31 of 40 pitches for strikes. However, he slowly began to fizzle as the game went on and the Redskins took advantage. However, his performance was still noteworthy.
“He kept us in the game,” Coldwater ACME head coach Tom Brunswick said. “He threw a good game too. He is used to only going one or two innings at a time so he got a little tired.”
Brunswick said it was a lack of hitting and baserunning miscues that costs his team the most.
“We need to start hitting,” Brunswick said. “Hitting is contagious and we need to have someone get it started. We scored one last night and were shutout out here tonight. It’s hard to win games with that.”
Wapakoneta is now 15-2 on the year while Coldwater falls to 16-5. Wapakoneta travels to Marion Local tonight, while Coldwater plays Parkway.