ACME: Lightning suspends Wapak-Van Wert game
ST. HENRY — Wapakoneta and Van Wert will try again tonight.
After three lightning delays and the threat of ever-intensifying lightning, the decision was made just before 10 to suspend the loser’s bracket final of the ACME baseball district tournament Monday night at the Wally Post Athletic Complex in St. Henry.
The game will resume tonight at 6 with the scored tied 6-6 in the top of the fifth inning. Wapak has runners on second and third with two outs.
The winner will face Minster in the title game tonight 20 minutes after the conclusion of this game. Should the winner then defeat Minster, the two teams will play again on Wednesday.
The third and final lightning delay came in the middle of a Wapak rally. Down 6-4 heading into the fifth, Wapak scored two runs with two outs to tie the game.
Brandon Schreiber reached on a one-out error and moved to second on Brandon Miller’s groundout. Chandler Kaeck was awarded first base on a catcher interference call.
Schreiber went to third on a wild pitch and Kaeck took second on a defensive indifference before Marshall Gerlach ripped a single into the gap in left-center to score both of them. Andrew Hines singled to left and Gerlach raced to third, allowing Hines to go to second on the throw.
That was were the game was called.
Pitcher Chase Culver was pressed into action in the fourth inning after Caleb Zwiebel, Dominic Campos and Josh Carder all struggled on the mound.
The Wapak coaching staff had hoped to get by Van Wert without using Culver in order to save him for the championship game against Minster. In fact, he wasn’t even in uniform to start the game.
But with Van Wert runners on second and third and no outs in the fourth, Culver entered the game and promptly struck out the side to end the threat.
If Wapak wins, he could still be used against Minster, depending on his pitch count after Van Wert.