ACME Baseball: St. Marys sweeps twin bill over Sidney

ST. MARYS — The hits were flying around the ball park Tuesday evening for the St. Marys ACME baseball team as it swept a doubleheader from Sidney 16-1 in five innings in the first game and 16-6 in six innings in the second game.

“I think we did pretty well offensively,” St. Marys head coach Alan Huber said. “The kids did well in situational hitting and we had good pitching. Brandon (Coffey) pitched well and Marcus Wagner had a good showing in the second game, but he got a little fatigued and Isaac Fitzgerald came on to finish the game.”

St. Marys improved to 7-5.

Things got started for St. Marys (7-5) as they batted around  in the second inning and scored seven times. Brandon Coffey and Jared Knous led off with singles and Kyle Kiefer reached on an error to load the bases. Dirk Fenwick was hit by a pitch to bring home Coffey, and Austin James walked to force home a second run. After a strikeout, Isaac Fitzgerald singled to right to score to for a 4-0 lead. James came home on a balk and Lucas Leffel drew a walk. Adam Neal singled to score a run and Leffel scored the final run of the inning on a ground out by Coffey for a 7-0 lead.

St. Marys answered with four runs on three hits in the third inning highlighted by a two-run single by Fitzgerald, a triple by Leffel and a double by Neal.

St. Marys ended its scoring in the fourth with five runs on four hits, including a double by Fenwick to wrap up the 16-1 victory.

The second game was closer in the early-going, as St. Marys got out to a 5-2 lead. But Sidney came back to tie the game at 5-5.

Once again St. Marys got their hitting sticks out in the bottom of the fifth inning with eight runs. Alex Knous reached on an error and stole second and scored when Tyler McMurray reached on an error. Marcus Wagner singled and Codie Deaton reached on a bunt single to load the bases. James’ grounder scored McMurray. Mason Gross walked to reload the bases and Deaton scored on a wild pitch. Fitzgerald reached on a hit batter and Gross scored on a single by Nate Vogel. He came home with the final run of the inning on a wild pitch.

St. Marys ended the game by scoring three runs on one hit and one error. Vogel scored the final run on a wild pitch for the 16-6 victory.

St. Marys (7-5) travels to Coldwater on Friday.