SOFTBALL: Redskins blast Bulldogs


ELIDA — Back-to-back home runs in high school softball are a rarity.

Back-to-back home runs by twin sisters?

The words “blue moon” come to mind.

But Wapakoneta Redskins seniors Courtney and Ashley Knippen did just that Tuesday night, capping a seven-run second inning as Wapak rolled to a 16-7 win over the Elida Bulldogs at Dorothy Edwards Field.

“We talk about how winning is important and winning the league is important,” Wapak varsity coach Bill Sammons said.  “But it’s also about making memories.  And they made a nice memory today.”

The home runs highlighted an offensive outburst that saw the Redskins score seven runs in the second inning and six in the third as they cruised to the win on a cold and blustery day that saw snow flurries fall off-and-on throughout the game..

It was much needed medicine after the Celina Bulldogs run-ruled Wapak twice — 14-4 and 10-1 — in a doubleheader on Saturday.

“Elida is a great team,” Sammons said.  “They played Defiance to extra innings [a 2-1 loss on Thursday].  The lost to Celina, 5-3.  So this is a good team.  They have a lot of talent.

“It was nice to see our bats continue to hit and to score runs.”

The Redskins had a chance to put this one away early, leading 15-1 after three and a half innings.  But Elida rallied for six runs on three hits, a walk and three errors in the bottom half of the fourth to close it to 15-7.

“That’s the thing we can’t do.  We let teams creep back in by maybe taking a break here and there,” Sammons said.  “We’re starting to see the killer instinct I like to see in Wapak teams.  But we have to see it all the way.”

Catcher Kati Sawmiller had a big day at the plate.  She went 3 for 5 with a two-run double in the third.

Courtney Knippen was 2-for-5 with three RBIs and scored three times.  Second baseman Carli Sammons went 2 for 4 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored.

Stacy Miller and Kristi Bailey each scored three times.

Sophomore Renee Lovett picked up the win on the mound.  She threw all seven innings, allowing seven hits while striking out seven and walking two.

“Renee’s starting to get her pitch count lower, which is good,” Bill Sammons said.

Wapak returns to action at 5 tonight at Lima Central Catholic.