ACME: Wapak 'walks' past Van Wert
It was a wild night Thursday at Wapakoneta High School.
Well, at least for the Van Wert pitching staff.
Wapakoneta took advantage of 10 walks, four wild pitches and three hit batsmen to cruise to a 15-5 five-inning run rule win in an ACME baseball game.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Wapak, which is now 10-2.
“After last night (a 7-2 loss to Celina) I wondered if we’d forgot how to play,” Wapak coach Willie Sammetinger said.
Wapak scored its 15 runs on just eight hits and even left eight men on base for the game.
Van Wert pitchers Lucas Sullivan and Tyler Williams combined for 139 pitches in the five innings, throwing 80 of those (58 percent) for balls.
After giving up five runs on four hits in the first two innings, Wapak pitcher Josh Apple settled down to allow just two hits and a walk in the final three innings to pick up his second win in as many starts.
“Once he got it turned around and started throwing strikes, we were fine,” Sammetinger said.
Wapak answered a two-run first inning by Van Wert with five runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning.
Brandon Schreiber and Marshall Gerlach walked before Chandler Kaeck was hit square in the back with a pitch to load the bases. Schreiber and Gerlach scored on Andrew Hines’ single to left field.
Hines moved to third on a wild pitch and Jake Bruns drew a two-out walk. Hines then scored and Bruns advanced all the way to third on another wild pitch.
Fittingly, the final run of the inning came on a throwing error by Sullivan on Keaton Zwiebel’s grounder back to the mound.
Van Wert tied it back up at 5-5 with three runs in the top of the second.
But again Wapak answered with five runs in the bottom half.
Schreiber drew the second of three walks for him on the night. Gerlach was hit by a pitch. And Kaeck drew a walk to load the bases for Hines, who delivered a bases-clearing double into the gap in right-center.
Hines finished the night 2-for-2 with five RBIs and two runs scored.
Chase Culver was hit by a pitch and Bruns loaded the bases with a single. Zwiebel drew a walk to score Hines and Alex Koch drove in Bruns with a grounder to short.
Wapak added one run in the fourth as Schreiber walked — again, Gerlach got hit by a pitch — again, Hines walked, and Culver singled up the middle.
The final four runs all came in the fifth.
Kaeck led off with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Josh Carder drew a walk. Culver then singled up the middle to score Kaeck from second before Bruns walked to load the bases.
Domimic Campos — who was making his first plate appearance for the ACME team after moving up from Junior ACME — then delivered a bases-clearing walk-off double into the gap in left-center to end the game.
Wapak returns to action Saturday at Indian Lake. It plays Indian Lake at 10 a.m. and Troy at 1 p.m.