Wapakoneta ACME, despite only three hits Thursday, managed an 8-2 win over Sidney ACME in summer baseball action at Wapakoneta High School.
Not until a Jordan Kaeck single in that fourth inning did Wapak record a hit Thursday. Before then, the team had 10 baserunners, all reaching either by error, walks or hits-by-pitch.
Wapak starting pitcher Keaton Metz allowed two runs and five hits after three innings but settled in to throw four scoreless innings with only two baserunners the rest of the game.
Metz allowed two runs, six hits, zero walks and struck out five batters Thursday.
Wapak head coach Willie Sammetinger commented on Metz’s pitching performance Thursday.
“Keaton did a great job tonight, and the defense played well behind him,” Sammetinger said Thursday. “They had six hits, but three of the six were infield hits. He didn’t walk anybody.
“He worked ahead in the count and threw strikes when he needed to. That’s all you can ask a pitcher to do,” Sammetinger said.
The Wapak offense had 17 baserunners Thursday despite just three hits.
Sammetinger was displeased with his offense.
“I’m not happy with our offense at all,” Sammetinger said. “We didn’t swing strong. Normally we hit the ball hard and put it in play. We just didn’t get done. A win is a win, though.”
Wapak broke open a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning with five runs to take a 7-2 lead.
In the fourth inning, with one out, Metz walked, Kodi Morgan was hit by a pitch, Logan Martin walked to load the bases and Quinn Lotridge walked to score Metz.
Sidney starting pitcher Caleb Roberts was then relieved by Austin Arnold, who allowed Wapak’s first hit of the game to Kaeck.
Kaeck’s two-run single scored Morgan and Martin and moved Lotridge to third base.
Chandler Kaeck was then hit-by-pitch to load the bases.
A wild pitch allowed Lotridge to score and the two Kaecks to each advance one base. Nate Kaeck then scored Jordan Kaeck on an RBI groundout to finish the rally.
In total, Wapak’s fourth inning included five runs scored despite only one hit without the help of any errors.
Sidney head coach Jonathan Lowe said he should have probably pulled Roberts sooner.
“Once his arm got tired, he gave up a lot more walks,” Lowe said. “I did a bad job of keeping him in there too long and got him in more trouble. He did well for the most part though.”
Sidney had the lead first in Thursday’s game, tallying one run in the second inning.
Wapak countered with two runs in the second inning.
Nate Kaeck opened the inning with a walk, moved to second on a wild pitch, reached third on a Metz walk and scored on a sacrifice fly caught by Sidney’s second baseman in short right field along the foul line.
Taylor Gonzales, who reached by error prior to the Metz walk, moved to third from second on the sacrifice fly before scoring on a wild pitch for Wapak’s second run of the inning.
Jon Eaton scored Wapak’s eighth run of the game in the sixth inning. He walked to lead off the frame, advanced to second on a Jordan Kaeck single, moved to third on a Griffin Parrett walk and scored on an RBI single by Chace Culver.
Wapak has now won three straight games, moving to 12-6 overall this summer.
Sidney ended its season Thursday, finishing with a record of 1-13.
Lowe provided thoughts on his team’s summer.
“We have a really young squad, a lot of incoming freshmen and sophomores,” Lowe said. “We had a lot of kids who needed a lot of work, and that’s what this summer was all about.”
Wapak will plays it fourth straight home game in as many days today against Celina.
Today’s game is Wapak’s last one before the sectional tournament begins Sunday, when Wapak is slated to face St. Marys at 3:30 p.m. in Minster.