Wapakoneta ACME starting pitcher Kodi Morgan delivers a pitch to home plate Friday against Celina ACME in summer baseball action at Wapakoneta High School. Morgan threw a four-hit shutout Friday. (Staff photo/Michelle Frank)
Wapakoneta ACME starting pitcher Kodi Morgan threw a four-hit shutout against Celina ACME in his teamâ€™s 2-0 victory Friday at Wapakoneta High School in the regular season finale for the summer baseball league.
Fridayâ€™s game was delayed in the bottom of the sixth inning due to lightning.
The first hit Morgan allowed came in the third inning but that runner was stranded. He gave up two hits in the fourth inning after one out, but retired two straight hitters to escape. His final hit allowed came in the fifth inning with two outs.
Morgan also made three putouts from his position Friday.
Wapak head coach Willie Sammetinger evaluated Morganâ€™s pitching and fielding Friday.
â€śHe was outstanding,â€ť Sammetinger said. â€śHe threw strikes and the defense played errorless ball behind him. Thatâ€™s what you hope for.
â€śA pitcher who fields his position is invaluable,â€ť he said. â€śKodi did a nice job all around.â€ť
Quinn Lotridge, Wapakâ€™s first batter of the game, singled and scored to give his team a 1-0 lead.
Lotridge stole second base, reached third on a groundout and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chandler Kaeck.
The two teams played three whole scoreless innings until Wapak added another run in the fifth inning.
Metz singled with one out, remained at second base on a botched double play ball, advanced to third on another error by Celina and scored via an RBI single by Jordan Kaeck.
Metz had two of Wapakâ€™s four hits Friday. He also made seven putouts from the shortstop position.
Sammetinger commented on Metzâ€™s performance Friday.â€™
â€śThat was Keaton Metzâ€™ best game of the year. He had a good night pitching last night,â€ť Sammetinger said Friday. â€śTonight he had a good all the way around, both offensively and defensively.â€ť
Wapak managed only four hits Friday after tallying just three Thursday.
Sammetinger expressed concern about his offense entering Sundayâ€™s tournament.
â€śWeâ€™re not aggressive. The top hand is not coming over, and our weight is out front. Weâ€™re just slapping the ball,â€ť Sammetinger said. â€śWeâ€™ve got to improve that. Weâ€™re going over early Sunday, taking early batting practice and seeing if we can get it going.â€ť
Metz will miss Sunday having left for vacation.
Wapak will face St. Marys in the opening game of the sectional tournament at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Minster.
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