MINSTER — Wapakoneta remained the only team in the Auglaize County ACME sectional tournament without a loss and guaranteed itself a trip to the district tourney on Monday night at Hanover Street Park in Minster.
The Redskins broke a tie with a four-run bottom of the sixth inning and defeated Minster 8-4 in a second round game.
That came after Minster beat St. Marys 4-2 in the first game of the day that sets up an elimination game tonight for the Roughriders against New Bremen.
Minster will now play an elimination game on Thursday night against the winner of tonight’s St. Marys-New Bremen game. The winner of that game will be guaranteed one of the two spots in the district tournament and will face Wapakoneta in Friday’s sectional finals.
WAPAKONETA 8, MINSTER 4
Wapakoneta’s Andrew Hines delivered a bases-clearing three-run double in the big sixth inning to give the Redskins the four-run cushion two batters after Chandler Kaeck broke a 4-all tie. Kaeck’s sacrifice fly to medium deep center field scored Alex Koch for the go-ahead run.
Hines was 1 for 3 with four runs batted in to lead the Redskins at the plate. He had an RBI fielder’s choice in the fifth inning to go along with his big three-run double.
Wapakoneta catcher Brandon Schreiber went 3 for 3 at the plate with two runs scored and a run batted in.
“We hit a lot of balls hard tonight,” Wapakoneta coach Willie Sammetinger said. “When we only have two kids strike out, we’re attacking the ball.”
Andrew Knapke, Devon Poeppelman, J.R. Nixon and Brad Walterbusch drove in runs for Minster.
MINSTER 4, ST. MARYS 2
Devon Poeppelman struck out seven in a complete game win on the mound and J.R. Nixon drove in three runs in a three-hit performance to deliver Minster a 4-2 win over St, Marys in its opening game of the Auglaize County ACME sectional tournament.
Poeppelman struck out seven and only allowed one earned run on the mound for Minster.
“The biggest thing is when he has his command and works ahead of the hitters, he’s got some offspeed stuff that he likes to throw and keeps them off balance,” Sherman said.
Minster jumped out to a 4-0 lead — too big of a hole for St. Marys to climb out of.
“We had to have intensity and we had to have focus right from the start and we didn’t,” St. Marys coach Alan Huber said.
Nixon drove in the game’s first three runs. He started it with an RBI groundout in the first. Nixon made it 2-0 with a a single through the box in the third. Nixon plated the third run in the fifth with a single up the middle to make it 3-0.
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