Wapakoneta Redskins freshman Nate Schroer looks to home plate for a sign from catcher Nate Kaeck prior to a pitch in a non-league varsity baseball game Monday against the Perry Commodores at Wapakoneta High School. (Staff photo/Brad Frank)
Zach Golliday led the charge on the mound as the Wapakoneta Redskins rallied to defeat the Perry Commodores, 10-4, in a non-league varsity baseball contest at Wapakoneta High School.
Wapak trailed 4-1 after Perry’s at-bat in the third inning, during which Golliday entered the game. Nate Schroer started on the mound for the Redskins, but the Commodores were able to figure him out quickly.
Golliday and the Redskins held Perry scoreless the rest of the game while the offense steadied itself.
Golliday finished with an excellent stat line, 4 1/3 innings pitched, allowing just three hits and no runs.
“Zach’s gotten better each game out, and we still expect a lot of big things,” Wapak varsity coach Jason Brandt said. “He’s had a good outing every time he has come out.”
Baylor Buettner singled and scored to give Perry the early 1-0 lead.
Wapakoneta answered in the bottom half of the inning, however.
Adam Henderson was walked by Commodore pitcher Alan Ogle and then Chandler Kaeck hit an RBI double to bring Henderson home, tying the game at 1-1.
Perry countered in the second inning, when Ogle led with single and eventually made it home, giving the Commodores a 2-1 lead.
In the third, Perry added a few more runs.
Corey Smith had a single to lead off and Chad Henson was walked before an Ogle double brought home Smith. Kavion Milligan then had a sacrifice hit to bring Henson home, pushing the Perry lead to 4-1.
Golliday then came in to grab the final out of the inning, ending Schroer’s day with after 2 2/3 innings pitched, five hits and two earned runs.
The Redskins came alive offensively to answer the Perry lead.
Quinn Lotridge had a leadoff single before Chace Culver brought him home on a double. Nate Kaeck singled to bring home Culver, cutting the deficit to 4-3.
“Offensively, we came back; we attacked the baseball,” Brandt said. “We were patient with our pitch, but then attacked it and we had some good at-bats.”
Golliday continued his form on the mound, and, in the bottom of the fourth, the Redskins kept up their offense.
Nick Bruns walked, and Keaton Metz singled to start. Jarrett Koch reached first base on a throwing error, which allowed Bruns to tie the game.
Lotridge hit a sacrifice fly to score Metz, giving the Redskins the lead. Adam Henderson hit a double to bring home Koch, followed by a Chandler Kaeck single to bring home Henderson. Four runs in the fourth put Wapakoneta up for good, as they led 7-4.
“Adam Henderson had a great at-bat, when he fouled off four or five pitches then laced a double,” Brandt said.
Wapakoneta tallied another run in the fifth inning, as Kodi Morgan scored on an Ogle wild pitch.
The Redskins added another two runs in the sixth, as Morgan brought Henderson home with a single, and Taylor Gonzalez stole home to give the Redskins the final score line of 10-4.
Wapakoneta will play today in a Western Buckeye League contest with the St. Marys Roughriders that has huge implications for the league crown.
“Not only is it a big rivalry game, it’s still a shot for us...we have a chance to win the league,” Brandt said.
To win a share of the WBL title, the Redskins will have to defeat St. Marys today and Ottawa-Glandorf would need to lose to Elida.
Today’s rivalry game between the Redskins and Roughriders is also a matchup between the top two seeds in the Bluffton district in the upcoming Ohio High School Athletic Association state tournament.
“It’s a chance for us to see what the No. 1 seed [St. Marys] in the upcoming tournament is,” Brandt said. “We were both right there, one and two together.”
Today is the final league game for the Redskins.
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