Van Wert holds off Wapakoneta baseball

Mike Frank
Sports Editor

The drama was there, but not the result.
The Wapakoneta baseball team played its third Western Buckeye League game of the year Tuesday, with a rally in the final at-bat falling just short in a 3-2 loss to visiting Van Wert.
The Cougars got a pair of runs early, using defensive miscues by the Redskins to take a lead in th second inning.
It stayed that way until the seventh, when Van Wert tacked on an insurance run that wound up proving vital. Wapakoneta scored twice in the bottom half, but a strikeout ended the contest.
Coach Jason Brandt of Wapakoneta said, "We beat ourselves tonight. Van Wert is a good team, and we outplayed them except defensively. We can't make four or five errors and win a WBL game."
He praised the work of starter Brady Erb as well as the production from the bottom of the order. He added that the team has a number of younger players, and they need to begin believing in themselves more.
Erb pitched five innings for the Redskins, allowing two runs on seven hits. He walked five and struck out six. Tim Bruns came on for the final two innings, allowing one run on one hit, and struck out two batters.

For more details, see Wednesday's Wapakoneta Daily News.