After their game against the Ben Logan Raiders was called off, the Wapakoneta Redskins softball team scheduled a pick-up game against the Minster Wildcats.
Redskin varsity coach Bill Sammons used the unexpected match-up to get his younger girls and other non-starters some playing time before tournament and the end of the season.
“I decided to put some young players in,” Sammons said after the 13-3 loss to their Auglaize County foe. “We’re going to be missing eight ball players next year so I wanted to give some non-starters some opportunities.”
The altered offensive line-up did not take long to put some runs on the board for Wapakoneta.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the second, Taylor Sutton reached first with one out, off of a rare error on the Minster shortstop. The courtesy runner for Sutton came across home plate two batters later when Maddie Stiles hit an RBI single down the first base line.
Stiles was able to score a run herself when Sierra Sammons hit a single to center field. Sammons was thrown out trying to stretch her single into a double for the third out of the inning. After two innings the score was tied at 2.
The inexperienced batters hit well against Minster’s pitcher K. Richland and Bill Sammons believed the experience at the plate Wednesday evening will be beneficial to his team in the future.
“I really think they understand the play now and type of ball we’re playing a little better,” he said. “They see the pitchers are different and they can’t do the same things they did down in JV.”
Minster added to its lead in the top of the fourth to gain a narrow 3-2 lead before the home half of the inning.
Clean-up hitter Alexis Schwartz stretched a long at bat for Wapakoneta with several fouled off pitches before watching ball four go past her. She crossed the dish later in the inning to tie the game back up at 3.
The Wapakoneta defense escaped a long fifth inning, allowing just one run to score despite Minster’s single, double, walk and fielder’s choice. In the bottom of the inning the Redskins put the first two runners on board with a hit batter and a single, but the lead-off running got caught in a pickle between second and third for the first out. The final two batters of the inning went down in order, stranding Renee Lovett on second base.
Minster’s bats heated back up in the top of the sixth with two singles and an error on the first baseman to tack on two runs, doubling up the Redskins 6-3.
Then the Wildcats blew the game open in the top of the seventh in an extended inning. The wildcats batted around to add seven runs to their already comfortable lead and with three outs left for the Wapakoneta offense Minster was on top 13-3.
Stiles started the game off strong with a single to centerfield, but was later forced out on a fielder’s choice. The last two batters of the game went down in just a few pitches, stranding a runner at first and ending the game with a Wildcat win 13-3.
Despite the loss Sammons is happy with his team’s performance, especially the girls who don’t get to play as often.
“The great thing about this team is we’re all unselfish,” Sammons said. “No girls are complaining about playing time and every girl wants to do what is asked of them.”
Wapakoneta will host the St. Marys Roughriders in Western Buckeye League play on Friday at 5 p.m. for its next game. Minster travels to face Midwest Athletic Conference foe the Parkway. Panthers on Thursday at 5 p.m.
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