FRIDAY ROUNDUP: Rain's a pain


Rain forced the postponement of the Wapakoneta Redskins’ Western Buckeye League varsity boys tennis opener Friday against the Van Wert Cougars.

It was also the first match for the boys team at the new Rotary Club courts at the high school.

Play was suspended in the middle of the first sets and will be resumed Monday.

The Redskins were coming off a 4-1 loss in their season opener Thursday at Sidney Lehman.

Seniors Rex Azbell and Anthony Kennard posted the only win of the day for Wapak, topping Lehman seniors Matt Ulrich and Davis Freytag in three sets — 0-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 — in first doubles.

Senior Joey Jose played first singles for the Redskins and suffered a 6-1, 6-1 loss to junior Pierce Bennett.

In second singles, Lehman senior Dan Selhorst swept senior Andy Faller 6-0, 6-0.

Sophomore Mitchell Shroyer edged Wapak’s Zach Holtzapple 6-1, 6-3 in third singles.

And Lehman juniors Riley Pickrel and Louis Gaier defeated David Gerstner and Josh Moots 6-0, 6-3 in second doubles.

Wapak’s next scheduled match is at 4:30 Tuesday at home against the league-favorite Shawnee Indians.

Wapakoneta 1, Ben Logan 1 (susp)

BELLEFONTAINE — Rain forced the suspension of play with the score tied in the bottom of the third inning at Benjamin Logan High School.

Junior Johnny Crawford scored Wapak’s lone run on a two-out double by junior Brandon Miller. in the first inning.

Ben Logan tied the game in the home half of the third before the rain halted play.

No completion date was available.

The Redskins will play in the Redskins Classic today at Wapakoneta High School.  Wapak will play the St. Henry Redskins at 11 a.m. and the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds at 3 p.m.  St. Henry and LCC will play the second game at 1 p.m.

Houston 12, Botkins 7

BOTKINS —  Houston used a big third inning to roll past the Trojans on Thursday.

The Wildcats scored seven runs in the top of the third inning to erase a 2-0 deficit.

Botkins scored once in the bottom half of the inning to make it a 7-3 game.  But Houston added two more in the fifth and three in the seventh.

The Trojans crossed the plate four times in the bottom of the seventh.  But the 12-3 lead was too much to overcome.

Evan Dietz was 3-for-3 with a single, double, triple and four RBI’s for Botkins.

Tyler Davis earned the win for Houston.  Roger Miller took the loss.

Botkins fell to 1-2 on the season.  Houston improved to 1-2.

The Trojans will be at Waynesfield-Goshen for a doubleheader today at 11 a.m.

Wapakoneta 8, Marion Local 2

MARIA STEIN —  The Wapakoneta Redskins upped their record to 2-0 with a win over the Flyers on Thursday.

Redskins junior Carli Sammons made her first start of the season on the mound and picked up the win.

Marion Local’s Mindi Putoff was tagged with the loss.

Houston 15, Botkins 1

BOTKINS —  Houston scored early and often in a five-inning run-rule win over the Trojans on Thursday.

The Wildcats scored four times in the first, three in the second, and four in the third and fourth innings.

Houston pounded out 15 hits while the Trojans committed five errors.

Emily Brown was 3-for-3 for Botkins, which had eight hits.  Jill Snider went 2 for 3 and drove in the only run.

The Trojans (1-2 overall, 0-1 Shelby County League) will be at Waynesfield-Goshen for a doubleheader today at 11 a.m.