MINSTER — The Wapakoneta ACME baseball team spit on the knuckleballs dancing out of the strike zone and waited on the fastball.
The Redskins know what to do with fastballs over the plate.
Wapakoneta had 13 hits and scored in every inning to run-rule Minster 12-2 on Tuesday in ACME district action at Hanover Street Park.
“We challenged the kids to step it up to the next level and attack the baseball,” Sammetinger said. “When (Devon) Poeppelman couldn’t get that breaking ball over, we sat on the fastball and it was right there for us.”
Wapak’s Marshall Gerlach went 4 for 4 with two runs scored and a run batted in. Brandon Schreiber was 3 for 4 with three runs batted in, and Alex Koch went 2 for 4 with three runs scored and an RBI.
Wapakoneta advances to Friday’s game against the winner of the teams left in the bottom of the bracket with one loss.
Wapakoneta junior to-be Chace Culver earned his second win in his second start of the ACME postseason. Culver pitched five innings, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out six and walking three.
Minster’s Devon Poeppelman never got his knuckleball working. The senior to-be threw four innings, giving up 10 runs on 10 hits. Matthew Trushaw worked an inning of relief, giving up one run on three hits.
Minster will play the winner of Wednesday’s Anna-Fort Loramie game on Thursday. The winner of that Thursday game will play Wapakoneta, needing to beat the Redskins twice to advance to the best-of-three series against the team that emerges from the Mercer-Van Wert Counties district tournament being played at Coldwater this week.
Wapak scored three runs in the first inning on a Chandler Kaeck fielder’s choice grounder and a wild pitch.
Minster responded with a run in the bottom of the first. Andrew Knapke singled, Devon Poeppelman doubled and Knapke came home on J.R. Nixon’s RBI groundout to shortstop.
Wapakoneta answered back with a run in the second inning on a Brandon Schreiber single to score Koch.
The Redskins scored four in the third, with an RBI fielder’s choice by Koch and a two-run single by Schreiber.
Clay Brown walked with the bases loaded to bring Minster to within 8-2, but Culver got out the inning without any more damage by getting a flyball to right field to end the threat.
Andrew Hines’ RBI single and a Minster error brought home two in the fourth to make it 10-2.
Wapakoneta scored two more in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Gerlach and an RBI double by Culver.
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