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BASEBALL: Redskins open with sweep of Tigers

March 26, 2012

After rolling out to a 20-0 win in the first game, the Wapakoneta Redskins varsity baseball team appeared poised to make quick work of the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers in Game 2 of a season-opening doubleheader Saturday at Wapakoneta High School.

The Tigers would have none of it.

W-G fought valiantly and had the tying run at the plate in the top of the seventh inning but fell just short in a 5-2 loss.

“First game, those things happen,” Tigers coach Rod Miller said.  “Things get out of hand sometimes. ... We have a lot of kids who didn’t plays last year, seniors that haven’t played for a couple years.  So it’s very encouraging.  I’m very pleased with the effort of the kids.”

Wapak jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the second game.  But W-G pitcher Jacob Frank settled down and held the Redskins scoreless over the next three innings.

“I felt like we took the rest of the innings off,” Wapak coach Jason Brandt said.  “We weren’t as aggressive as the game wore on.  Those are the things we have to do.”

For the Redskins, junior Brandon Miller had five hits in seven at bats for the day.  He doubled twice, drove in five runs and scored three.

A.J. Etzkorn picked up the win in the first game, striking out nine in a two-hit shutout.

Marshall Gerlach won the second game, pitching an efficient complete-game four-hitter.

Garret Miller and Frank took the losses.

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