ACME: Wapak handles 'Riders

Sports Editor

ST. MARYS — The Wapakoneta ACME team piled up 14 hits resulting in 11 runs over their final four at-bats to keep distance from the St. Marys ACME in a 16-8 win Thursday in summer baseball action at Geiger Park.

The win moved Wapak’s record to 7-4 overall this summer.

St. Marys opened the scoring with a single run in the bottom of the second.

The Redskins then manufactured at least two runs in each of their next five at-bats.

After three times at bats, Wapak had 10 baserunners, none of whom reached on a base hit.

The Redskins posted three runs in the third inning to lead 3-1, as Jordan Kaeck, Quinn Lotridge and Jake Bruns each walked and scored in the inning.

Wapak combined for seven runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Lotridge and Bruns each had RBI base hits in both innings.

St. Marys posted three runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Wapak led 10-7 after the scoring barrage through five innings.

The Redskins added three more in the sixth and seventh innings

Lotridge notched a two-run double in the sixth, while Wapak’s Keaton Metz tallied a two-run single in the seventh.

With the bases loaded, the game ended when an errant pickoff attempt at first base sailed to the outfield, while after one run had scored, St. Marys’ runner from second base tried to score and was thrown out at home plate.

Wapak coach Willie Sammetinger described the key for his offense Thursday.

“Once we figured out that we had to hit the ball to score runs, from about the third inning on, we did that,” Sammetinger said.

Bruns was removed after 4 2/3 innings pitched Thursday and relieved by Jon Eaton, who escaped a one-out bases loaded jam with a double play to end the fifth inning. St. Marys had brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the inning, which ended with Wapak leading 10-7.

Sammetinger commented on his two pitchers Thursday.

“Jake Bruns gave me everything he could for five innings. He just wore out,” Sammetinger said. “Eaton hadn’t pitched for four or five days. He came in and did a nice job.”

Jordan Kaeck reached base in his first four plate appearances and scored all four times.

Lotridge tallied three hits and four RBIs for the Redskins.

Bruns notched three singles.

Also for Wapak, Taylor Gonzalez had two hits and two runs scored, while Chandler Kaeck had a single and an RBI sacrifice fly.

The Redskins committed three errors Thursday, including two in the seventh inning.

Sammetinger touched on his team’s defensive effort.

“I’m still not happy with our fielding. We made a couple stupid errors,” Sammetinger said. “When you’re up nine
with the bases loaded, there’s no need to throw the ball away.”

Wapakoneta will visit Coldwater at 7:30 p.m. tonight for its next game.