Hey, I Remember That!: A look back at area sports 10, 25 and 50 years ago
50 Years Ago This Week – 1962
In American Legion baseball this week in 1962, the St. Marys squad played “up” against the St. Marys Lakers, and in a battle which not many expected them to stand a chance; they came away with the 9-8 victory.
The Legion squad led 1-0 after an inning, but found themselves down 6-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth frame. They plated two runs in the bottom of the sixth, but allowed two more in the seventh to trail 8-3.
The Legion answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh and remarkably nailed down four more scores in their half of the eighth. In the meeting, second baseman Dave Williams scored three times in the win, while Tom Hollman smacked a pair of base hits despite his team’s loss which snapped their two-game winning streak.
25 Years Ago This Week – 1987
In ACME league action 25 years ago this week, the Minster Wildcats improved to 8-0 on the summer with a convincing 12-3 victory over the Wapakoneta Redskins.
Bryan Niemeyer and Mike Wiss each paced the home team with three runs in the battle, with Mark Wiss and Rex Mescher both crossing home plate two times apiece. Mescher and Mike Wiss each connected for doubles, while Jamie Wolf added a triple in the hitting barrage.
The Wildcats pounded out twelve base hits in the victory which also moved them to a perfect 3-0 in Auglaize County League standings.
10 Years Ago This Week – 2002
Ten years ago this week, the St. Marys ACME baseball squad roared back from an early-game deficit to score a 16-6 blasting over the New Bremen Cardinals.
The Red and Gold started things off with three runs in the top of the first inning at K.C. Geiger Park before the Roughriders answered with two runs in their initial at-bat.
The home team made things ugly in the third inning when they plated nine runs en-route to what turned into an easy victory. Trailing 11-3, the Cardinals refused to go away and scored two runs in the fourth, but St. Marys shook it off with two more scores in the bottom of the frame.
The Cardinals scored once more in the fifth, but St. Marys ended things early with three runs in the sixth to record the run-rule triumph.
With the win, St. Marys improved to 10-2 on the season while the Cardinals slipped to 3-7.