- Eyes On
ST. MARYS â€” It was a painful night Friday for the Wapakoneta ACME baseball team.
The insult? A 10-0 five-inning run rule loss to rival St. Marys at K.C. Geiger Park in St. Marys.
The injuries? Those belong to second baseman Alex Koch and shortstop Josh Apple.
A fired-up St. Marys squad placed the first blemish on Wapakâ€™s formerly perfect 9-0 record with a dominating performance, pounding out 10 hits and taking advantage of every Wapak miscue for the win.
â€śI know they were psyched to play,â€ť St. Marys coach Alan Huber said. â€śWe all knew that. We were definitely ready to play, excited for the opportunity. ... Any chance you get to come away with a win against Wapak, youâ€™ve gotta be pretty happy.â€ť
Wapak didnâ€™t just get beat up on the scoreboard. Apple suffered a deep cut on his throwing hand after getting spiked while defending on a pick-off play at second base in St. Marysâ€™ six-run fourth inning.
Then in the top of the fifth, St. Marys starting pitcher Brad Sawmiller hit Koch in the back of the head on a 2-0 pitch.
Koch needed a few moments to collect himself before Wapak coach Willie Sammetinger replaced him with pinch runner Keaton Zwiebel.
â€śI think it rung his bell a little bit,â€ť Sammetinger said. â€śBut heâ€™s fine. I wasnâ€™t taking any chances with a 9-0 lead. Get him out of there and get another kid in the lineup.â€ť
St. Marys took that 9-0 lead with three runs in the third and six more in the fourth as it sent 11 batters to the plate.
Kalobb Dodson had a two-run single in the fourth and Jarrett Taylor rounded out the inning with a two-run double.
Marshall Gerlach (2-1) started for Wapak and struggled to throw strikes. He was charged with eight runs, seven earned.
â€śIn fairness to Marshall, Marshall struggled with that mound,â€ť Sammetinger said. â€śThereâ€™s a big hole out there right where he stepped. And he just couldnâ€™t get comfortable landing. He was either wild high or in the dirt.â€ť
St. Marys added a run in the fifth to complete the run-rule win.
â€śTake nothing away from St. Marys. You hit the ball like that, you deserve to win,â€ť Sammetinger said. â€śWe made three errors, a walk and a hit-by-pitch. And all five of those guys scored. When you give them free passes like that, good things are not going to happen.
â€śWe were probably getting a little cocky, a little over-confident. This doesnâ€™t hurt us. Theyâ€™ve got to come to Wapak yet.â€ť
The two teams will meet again on June 27 at Wapakoneta High School.
Wapakâ€™s next game is today at noon at New Bremen.