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ACME: Wapak edges Coldwater

June 22, 2013

Wapakoneta ACME Keaton Metz fouls off a tough pitch against the Coldwater ACME team in a late game played in Coldwater on Friday. Staff photo/Michelle Frank

Sports Editor

COLDWATER — Kodi Morgan’s RBI double in the top of the seventh pushed Wapakoneta past Coldwater in a 7-5 win Friday in ACME summer baseball play at Memorial Field. The two teams played under the lights, with a scheduled start time of 7:30 p.m. and an actual start time of just after 8 p.m. due to a game on the field prior.

The game was knotted at 5-5 entering the seventh inning.

Morgan, the No. 8 hitter, plated the No. 7 hitter, Jordan Kaeck, who singled with one out in the seventh inning. A sacrifice bunt by Logan Martin, the No. 9 hitter, pushed Morgan to third, before leadoff hitter Quinn Lotridge drove in Morgan to give Wapak a two-run cushion.

Wapak coach Willie Sammetinger commented on the bot tom of his lineup being able get the go-ahead run across home plate in the seventh.

“That’s nice to see, with Jordan, Morgan and Martin coming through for us,” Sammetinger said. “We got the runs when we needed them.”

Wapak reliever Chandler Kaeck allowed a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh but retired two straight batters to end the game. He earned the win Friday.

Wapak’s victory put the team’s record at 8-4 now. Coldwater, meanwhile, dropped to 12-4 this summer.

“That’s a quality win,” Sammetinger said. “The kids played their hearts out. This team grew up tonight.”

Coldwater had early control of Friday’s game, as the hosts’ first four batters of the game scored in the bottom of the first off of Wapak starter Quinn Lotridge.

Coldwater tallied three hits in the first but only managed two the rest of the game against Lotridge and Kaeck.

Wapak’s Keaton Metz reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on an error in the second, cutting the deficit to 4-1.

Wapak’s Taylor Gonzalez led the fourth inning with an infield single deflected off of Coldwater starter Derek Thobe. Jordan Kaeck then reached on error, before Morgan moved both runners over with a sacrifice bunt.

Lotridge sent both runners home with an RBI double to make the score, 4-3.

Wapak scored twice more in the fifth inning to take the lead, 5-4.

Chandler Kaeck and Nate Keack each singled to lead the inning. An RBI single by Gonzalez scored Chandler, while Nate scored on a wild pitch.

Coldwater managed to tie the game with the help of two Wapak errors in the sixth.

Adam Klosterman reached third base with no outs after a Lotridge throwing error on a come backer. Blake Spangler then plated Klosterman on a single to tie the game at 5-5.

Lotridge’s outing last five innings. He allowed three hits and four walks with five strikeouts.

“Quinn did a hell of a job,” Sammetinger said of his pitchers. “Chandler is money.”

Lotridge notched two hits and three RBI. Chandler Kaeck and Gonzalez each had two hits. Jordan Kaeck led the team with two runs scored.

Sammetinger mentioned the offensive output for his team.

“We had 10 hits, and we hit a lot of balls hard that they caught, too,” Sammetinger said.

Wapakoneta will visit Bath today for a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. and then return to Lima on Monday for a game against Shawnee.

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