LIMA — The Wapakoneta ACME team flexed its muscles in the first game of a doubleheader as they run-ruled the Bath ACME team, but a seventh-inning rally in the second game fell short as the two teams split a doubleheader on Saturday.
The split left Wapak with a 9-5 record on the season, while the Wildcats moved to 8-2 on the summer schedule.
The Redskins wasted no time in taking control of the first game, sending 14 batters to the plate and scoring nine runs in the top of first inning.
Quinn Lotridge led off with a single, Jake Bruns walked and with one out Nate Kaeck singled in the first run of the game.
Keaton Metz rapped an RBI single, a misplayed Taylor Gonzales groundball scored a run and a catcher’s obstruction call with Jordan Kaeck at the plate loaded the bases.
Kodi Morgan and Jon Eaton both worked bases loaded walks to score runs followed by the second single of the inning by Lotridge to score another run. After a wild pitch plated the Redskins’ seventh run of the inning, Bruns ripped a two-run double and the ‘Skins led 9-0 before Bath picked up a bat.
Bath answered with one run on two hits in the bottom of the first, but Wapak came right back with five more runs in the second inning to stretch the lead to 14-1.
Gonzales led off with a double, advanced to third on a Jordan Kaeck single and scored on a Morgans RBI single. Eaton plated Jordan Kaeck with a ground-out with Bruns, Chandler Kaeck and Nate Kaeck all following with RBI singles.
Morgan, who toed the rubber in the opening game, received all the run support he needed by this point and kept Bath in check the entire game by keeping the ball around the plate.
He did not issue a walk and collected four strikeouts in the effort. He surrendered eight hits in the five-inning complete game win.
“Kodi threw a smart, well-pitched game,” Wapakoneta coach Willie Sammetinger said. “With a big lead, we wanted him to throw strikes and not to give up anything for free and he did just that.”
Morgan allowed five runs (four earned).
Bruns led the offense with four hits and four RBI, with Lotridge adding three hits and Nate Kaeck and Jordan Kaeck each contributing two hits. Jordan Kaeck and Morgan each scored three times.
The second game went the opposite of the first game with Bath jumping out to a big early lead before Wapak battled back late before falling 9-8.
After holding Wapak scoreless in the top of the first Bath scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the inning against Metz, who was the ‘Skins’ starting pitcher.
With two on base and two outs, a potential inning ending ground ball ended up getting through and allowing Bath to take the lead.
Wapak evened the score at 2-2 in the top of the second with Taylor Gonzales leading off with a single, Jordan Kaeck forcing Gonzales at second, but Morgan walked, and a double steal putting runners at second and third. Jordan Kaeck scored on a wild pitch and Morgan scored on an RBI single by Lotridge.
At that point the Bath offense started clicking and they added four runs in the second, one in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth inning to take a seemingly comfortable 9-2 lead going into the sixth inning.
The Wapak offense finally got things rolling in the sixth and scored four times to cut the lead to 9-6.
A pair of walks to Jordan Kaeck and Logan Martin sandwiched around a Bath error loaded the bases. Bruns picked up an RBI the hard way by getting hit by a pitch, a wild pitch scored the second run and RBI singles by Chandler Kaeck and Nate Kaeck brought Wapak to within striking distance.
Eaton pitched three innings in relief of Metz, but after the first two Bath hitters singled in the sixth, Sammetinger again went to the bullpen and brought in Gonzales. He retired all three hitters he faced and stranded the two inherited runners to keep the Skins with striking range going to the seventh inning.
Gonzales led off the seventh inning with a single, Jordan Kaeck walked and a Morgan single scored a run.
Martin walked to load the bases with nobody out and push the tying run to second base, but the Bath bullpen came through and recorded three straight outs with an eighth run scoring on a wild pitch.
“I was obviously pleased with the offensive output, and the defense is starting to play better as well,” Sammetinger said. “We committed just one error in each game, and we need to be sharp with tournament play just a week away.”
Metz went 1 1/3 innings giving up six runs, four earned on four hits and two walks. Eaton pitched 3 2/3 inning giving up three runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out four.
Wapakoneta return to action Monday at Shawnee, before returning home to play Minster at home on Tuesday and Lima Central Catholic on Wednesday night.