Six combine to shut down Crestview

Wapakoneta sent six different pitchers to the mound, and, collectively, they shut down Crestview in a 4-1 win Thursday in ACME baseball action at Wapakoneta High School.

The hosts’ pitchers allowed three hits and five baserunners in Crestview’s seven at-bats, and Wapakoneta relied on a four-run third for its offense.

Wapakoneta was needing to get certain pitchers some work heading into its tournament in Defiance starting Saturday.

“The competition is going to be good, with Perrysburg, Bryan, Defiance … teams like that,” Wapakoneta ACME coach Willie Sammetinger said. “Some of these kids hadn’t thrown in a couple weeks. I wanted them all to get an inning tonight so we’re ready for the weekend."

Quinn Lotridge pitched a perfect first inning.

Rob Laney saw three batters in the second. After allowing a one-out walk, the runner was caught stealing second base by catcher Nick Bruns.

Maddux Liles pitched the third and allowed two walks, escaping without allowing a run.

In the fourth, Kodi Morgan allowed two singles and Crestview’s lone run.

Keaton Metz pitched a perfect fifth with two strikeouts.

Throwing the final two innings, Mike Burton retired six of seven batters, allowing a leadoff double in the seventh.

“Pitching-wise they did a nice job,” Sammetinger said. “They did a real good job.”

Liles was credited with the win.

Wapakoneta had chances to score in the first two innings but came away empty as Crestview converted a double play in each inning to end the threats.

Wapakoneta broke through in the bottom of the third.

Gavin Hawk and Lotridge each walked with one out, and Metz loaded the bases with a bunt single.

Bruns brought home all three runners with a double to the gap in right-center field, giving Wapakoneta a 3-0 lead.

After a flyout Bruns could not advance on, Morgan singled home Bruns to put Wapakoneta up 4-0.

Jarrett Koch walked to put two aboard but he and Morgan were stranded on an inning-ending strikeout.

Liles and Nate Schroer singled to open the fourth but were stranded by three straight strikeouts.

Nate Kaeck singled with one out in the fifth but Crestview again managed to end the inning with a double play.

Koch added a single in the sixth.

Wapakoneta left eight runners on base in the game Thursday.

“Hitting-wise we struck out eight times and left runners in scoring position,” Sammetinger said. “We had football this morning and seven kids in basketball this afternoon, so overall I’m pleased with the win. We’ll practice (today) and, hopefully, we’ll go get ‘em Saturday.”

The win put Wapakoneta at 3-0 overall this season.

Wapakoneta will play three games between Saturday and Sunday in a tournament at Defiance.