ACME Baseball: Celina sweeps twin bill against St. Marys

The St. Marys’ ACME baseball team’s early lead was short-lived in the second game of a twi-night doubleheader against Celina.

Southpaw reliever Cody Vogel made sure the Bulldogs’ rally stood up and the Bulldogs’ early-summer success against their rivals continued.

Celina came back from an early three-run deficit to beat St. Marys, 5-4, and secured the twin bill sweep on Tuesday night at K.C. Geiger Park.

It’s the third win for Celina over St. Marys in the last four days. The Bulldogs beat the Riders 4-2 in a game on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs pulled out all stops to get that third win.

Celina ACME coach Todd Steinbrunner had a quick hook in the bottom of the second inning when Celina fell behind early.

He turned to Vogel and the left-hander responded with five and 2-3 innings in which he gave up just one run on three hits while striking out five. He retired the last nine Rider batters he faced.

“I was trying not to pitch Cody Vogel in the second game and Kaleb Kuhn had a little trouble finding the plate,” Steinbrunner said. “I don’t like to lose, so I went to Cody and he knew he had a chance to pitch today. He came in and did a great job.”

The way the game started, St. Marys was poised to break the game open early.

St. Marys grabbed an early 3-0 lead through two innings in the second game after Celina dominated the Roughriders in the first game in run-rule fashion.

St. Marys’ Dirk Fenwick scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first inning.

St. Marys added to that lead with two runs in the bottom of the second. Alex Knous led off the inning with a swinging bunt single down the third base line.

C.J. Lore followed with a sacrifice bunt to move Knous over and Tyler McMurray slapped an opposite field single into right field, chasing Celina starter Kuhn from the game. Celina brought in left-hander Vogel.

Two batters later Fenwick delivered a two-out, two-run single that scored Knous and McMurray and gave St. Marys the 3-0 lead.

Celina cracked the scoreboard on a wild pitch and Aric Fickert delivered a two-run single to tie the game, 3-3 in the third.

Celina took a 4-3 lead with a rally in the fourth that started after two men were out. Riley Luebke was hit by a pitch with two outs and  came around to score after a Jimmy Luebke single and an RBI single by  Cody Vogel.

Kyle Berry scored Celina’s fifth run in the fifth after starting off the frame with a double, moving to third on a wild pitch and then coming home on another wild pitch. Celina led 5-3.

St. Marys drew to within a run in the bottom of the fifth. Isaac Fitzgerald singled, moved to second on Mason Gross’ sacrifice bunt and came around to score on two straight wild pitches.

In the opener, Celina jumped on the Riders early and held them to two hits in the run-rule win. Jarrett Taylor and Kiefer singled for St. Marys.

St. Marys travels to Wapakoneta on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and goes to New Bremen on Friday at 6:30 p.m.