CRESTVIEW — A rain delay failed to derail the Wapakoneta Redskins Junior ACME team from winning a pivotal game against the Parkway Panthers Junior ACME team in the opening round of the state tournament.
Needing a win to stay alive, the Redskins, now 14-6, jumped out to a 6-2 lead after five innings, before a 90-minute rain delay halted to play.
As storms and lightning hit Crestview and the surrounding area, the players waited, and waited — and didn’t miss a beat as they scored six times in the bottom of the sixth for a 12-2 win and another chance to defeat the Crestview Knights Junior ACME team today at 4:30 p.m. If they win, they play the Knights a second time at 6:30 p.m.
Regardless of the outcome of either game, Wapak is assured to move on to the next round of the state tournament to be played at Parkway in Rockford.
Wapakoneta sophomore pitcher Kodi Morgan was in total control as he went five innings before the rain drove him from the mound.
He pitched struck out seven as he mixed fastballs and curves to keep the Parkway hitters off-balance.
He surrendered only three hits and two runs, while walking no one. He gave up single runs in the top of the second and the top of the fourth.
The Redskins supported the hurler with the leather and wood.
Wapakoneta started off scoring three times in the first when freshman Jarrett Koch singled and was moved to second on a sacrifice by junior Logan Martin. After a single by sophomore Quinn Lotridge, the Parkway pitcher walked sophomore Adam Henderson to load the bases and sophomore Keaton Metz to force in a run. Sophomore Jon Eaton drove in two runs with a single.
Lotridge hit a two RBI single to plate Koch and Martin in the bottom of the second to give the Redskins a 5-1 lead.
Lotridge drove in Koch in the bottom of the fourth to give Morgan a 6-2 lead before high winds, lightning and rain delayed the game.
With the long layoff, Junior ACME head coach Drew Golden went to Metz on the mound. He threw one inning, striking out a batter and stranding a runner at second. Martin made a nice catch on a ball hit to deep left field.
The team run-ruled the Panthers when Koch singled in sophomore Nate Kaeck, who started off the inning with a single. Martin drove in junior Alex Rasche, who also singled.
Morgan drove in two runs with a base hit and Eaton drove in two when he drove a ball past the first baseman for an error and the win.