WAPAKONETA — The Wapakoneta ACME varsity team capped its summer season with a 6-1 victory against Shawnee on Wednesday at MercyHealth Baseball Field.
The Redskins went 8-2 overall this summer after completing an 8-16 campaign this spring.
Wapakoneta, which avenged its 6-2 loss at Shawnee on June 9 in Lima, led 2-1 after four innings before Landon Brandt’s RBI single in the sixth ignited a four-run frame.
“I have been trying to slow the ball down when it comes to the plate,” Logan Brandt said. “That time, I really envisioned it and I saw it clear. The pitcher was a little slower, I tried to wait back, and I just got it right over the first baseman.”
Logan Brandt hopes the Redskins can take their chemistry they formed this summer into the 2022 spring varsity season.
“We were a little on the short side this (spring) season after having some big goals,” Brandt said. “This summer, we hit the ball well all season long. That makes me think we can do the same thing next spring.”
The Indians led 1-0 through a half-inning after an error gave a Shawnee a baserunner and a two-out, RBI single plated its only run.
Wapakoneta tied the game 1-1 in the second as Kaden Siefring led off with a double and came home on a two-out RBI single from Grant Childress.
The Redskins received a leadoff double from Braeden Goulet in the fourth before Austin West’s one-out RBI single drove in the go-ahead run.
The score remained 2-1 Wapakoneta until the sixth, when the Redskins generated four runs with two outs. Will Campbell stood at second after a double while Landon Brandt’s RBI single to right field handed Wapakoneta a two-run cushion.
Consecutive walks to Goulet and Siefring loaded the bases before Austin West used a single into center field to score Brandt and Goulet. After Connor Guthrie went to first on a hit-by-pitch, Childress plated Siefring with an RBI single to shortstop.
The Redskins received dominant pitching from Guthrie and Taylor Echols. In three innings, Guthrie allowed an unearned run on three hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Echols worked four scoreless relief innings, yielding one hit with six strikeouts.
Shawnee threatened to extend its lead in the second, when it placed runners at first and second with one out. But a 4-6-3 double play turned by Wapakoneta ended the Indians’ scoring opportunity.
Guthrie pitched a 1-2-3 third before a single and a walk chased him from the mound in the top of the fourth. Echols relieved and retired the side by inducing a line-drive out to right field before striking out the final two hitters of the frame.
West and Childress each finished with two hits in the Redskins’ nine-hit attack.