MINSTER — Up and down the line-up, the Wapakoneta ACME baseball team had things clicking in the top of the third inning.
The Redskins built an early seven-run lead thanks to that big inning and went on to beat Minster 8-5 on Friday night at Hanover Street Park.
Wapak scored two runs in the first and then sent nine to the plate in a five-run bottom of the third inning to construct a 7-0 lead that was too much for Minster to overcome.
The bottom of the order did much of the damage with a pair of two-out RBI hits in the third inning. Eighth-place hitter Keaton Sullivan knocked in one with an RBI single and ninth-place hitter Dylan Knoch belted a two-run double to left field that broke the game open at 7-0.
“The bottom of the order did a nice job tonight,” Wapakoneta head coach Willie Sammetinger said. “They had some big, big hits. Keaton had a big one to drive in a run and Dylan Knoch again had two hits that were big out of the nine-spot.”
Wapakoneta improved to 10-2 on the season after a 4-1 win over Van Wert on Thursday night and the second win over Minster of the summer on Friday.
Wapakoneta’s Brandon Miller and Chandler Kaeck combined on the mound to strike out nine Minster batters.
Miller worked the game’s first four-plus innings before Minster had the first five batters reach base on him.
Kaeck came on and shut the door, getting the Redskins out of the fifth-inning jam by getting a groundball double play and then throwing two scoreless innings to end the game. He struck out five in three innings of work to get the save.
Minster designated hitter Adam Niemeyer went 2 for 3 with a three-run double in the fifth off Miller that drew Minster to within 7-4. Niemeyer scored on Brandon Hoying’s RBI groundout to shortstop that made it 7-5.
Minster leadoff hitter Jay Eilerman went 2 for 3 with a run scored. Devon Poeppelman was 2 for 4. Brandon Hoying was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. J.R. Nixon was 2 for 3 with a double.
Matt Trushaw started the game for Minster, pitching two and 2-3 innings while being responsible for seven of the runs.
Clay Brown pitched four and 1-3 innings of quality relief. The left-handed sidearm slinger gave up just one earned run on four hits.
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