BASEBALL: Wapak wins fourth straight

Five days, four wins.

The Redskins are on a roll.

Wapakoneta won its fourth game in a row, topping the Triad Cardinals 5-1 in a lightning-shortened varsity baseball game Friday at Wapakoneta High School.

The winning streak gives the Redskins some much-needed momentum with their first tournament right around the corner.  Wapak will play the winner of today’s Elida-Kenton game at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Elida’s Ed Sandy Field.

The Redskins head into the postseason with an 18-4 record.

It was a good win for Wapak against a quality opponent.  Triad has won 96 games over the past four seasons.  

And the Cardinals started their No. 1 pitcher against the Redskins.  Sophomore left-hander Doug Lowe came into the game with a perfect 8-0 record.

“We knew they were a good team coming in,” Wapak coach Jason Brandt said.  “I had heard from some friends that they would probably throw their No. 1 tonight.  I was glad that we saw somebody like that because it would help get us ready for tournament.  

“We saw a lot of good things from him and we were able to put the bat on the ball.  I thought we had one of our best approaches of the year when we were up to bat tonight.”

The Redskins used a three-run third inning to snap a 1-1 tie and pull away for the win.

Junior Dom Campos earned the win on the mound.  He gave up just one earned run on three hits with five strikeouts and no walks.

Dom threw another good game for us and kept us right in there,” Brandt said.

Campos also led Wapak at the plate.  He was 2-for-3 with a two-out, two-run single in the pivotal third inning.

Designated hitter Chandler Kaeck got things started in the third when Lowe hit him with a full-count pitch.

A.J. Etzkorn and Andrew Hines then drew back-to-back two-out walks to load the bases, setting up Campos’ single to right to score Kaeck and Etzkorn.

Alex Koch then drove in Hines with a single up the middle.

Wapak added another run in the fourth.  Brandon Miller singled with two outs and stole second.  Kaeck then plated Miller with a single to right.

Kaeck finished with two RBIs.  Johnny Crawford doubled and scored in the first inning.

Dylan Knoch led off the bottom of the sixth with an infield single.  Before Johnny Crawford, the next batter, got to the plate, lightning was sighted, forcing a 30-minute delay.  After a while, the decision was made to call the game, which had already gone the official distance.