Wapakoneta ACMEâ€™s Chace Culver leads off of first base Monday against Shawnee after one of his team-high two hits. (Staff photo/Michelle Frank)
SHAWNEE â€” Wapakoneta ACME did not have the type of start they wanted to have during an important week of baseball.
The Shawnee ACME team bested Wapakoneta, 9-2, on Monday, as they each prepare for tournament action this weekend.
Wapakoneta will host Minster at 6:30 p.m.Â today in a battle for the sectional tournamentâ€™s first seed, in the second of five straight games in as many days this week.
The loss on Monday drops Wapakoneta to 9-6 overall on the summer season, while the win moves Shawnee to 11-3 this summer.
Wapakoneta pitchers issued 11 walks to Shawnee batters in Mondayâ€™s game and the Indians also tallied 10 hits.
â€śWow, that was ugly,â€ť Wapakoneta ACME head coach Willie Sammetinger said. â€śWe knew we werenâ€™t going to throw any of our aces. All we wanted was somebody who could throw strikes. We walked 11 batters, and it showed.
â€śIt is what it is,â€ť he said. â€śWeâ€™ll be ready to go. Weâ€™ll get them tomorrow (Tuesday) night.â€ť
Wapak plays today against Minster, with a starting time of 6:30 p.m. Wapak will then host Lima Central Catholic at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Five of Shawneeâ€™s first six batters drew walks from Wapak starting pitcher Nate Kaeck, with the first two scoring to give Shawnee a 2-0 lead. Kaeck rebounded quickly to strike out two with the bases loaded to escape the jam.
Kaeck did not escape the second inning, however, as he was relieved by Jon Eaton after two hits and two more walks. Four more runs were charged to Kaeck, while Shawnee jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings.
Shawnee increased its lead to 8-0 in the fourth inning after the frameâ€™s first two batters, Trevor Anderson and William Kleffner, each tripled and scored.
Later in the fourth, Eaton was relieved by Taylor Gonzales, who finished the game on the mound.
Shawneeâ€™s final run came in the fifth. It was unearned.
Wapak posted one run each in the sixth and seventh innings, while five of the teamâ€™s seven hits coming in those final two innings.
In the sixth, Griffin Parrett singled with one out, advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Eaton.
Keaton Metz tripled to open the top of the seventh inning and scored on an RBI single by Gavin Hawk.
Nate Kaeck took the loss Monday. He allowed two hits, four earned runs and seven walks with two strikeouts.
Eaton pitched 2 â…“ innings, allowing six hits, two earned runs and two walks. Eaton struck out a pair. Gonzalez also pitched 2 â…“ innings. He allowed two hits and two walks with one strikeout.
Shawnee starting pitcher Justin Fullum threw six innings Monday against Wapak. He gave up seven hits, two earned runs and two walks with four strikeouts.
Chace Culver had two of Wapakâ€™s seven hits, while Chandler Kaeck added one hit in two at-bats.
Sammetinger commented on how his offense fared Monday.
â€śWe had four strikeouts,â€ť Sammetinger said. â€śWe hit a lot of balls hard and right at them. If we hit the ball right at them and theyâ€™re going to make plays. Every team has that occasionally.â€ť
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