Hey, I Remember That!: A look back at area sports 10, 25 and 50 years ago
50 Years Ago This Week – 1962
Powered by 15 base hits, including four from Ted Keysor, the St. Marys American Legion baseball team notched their third win in a row with a 16-7 thumping over Van Wert. Despite trailing 1-0 to the home team heading into the third inning, St. Marys responded with three runs, only to relinquish their lead in the bottom of the third when Van Wert took the 4-3 command. The score remained tight through the sixth frame when St. Marys added three more runs, but Van Wert answered right back with three of their own in the bottom of the sixth. Down 7-6, St. Marys took completed control in the contest’s final three innings as they plated 10 runs to score the nine-run victory. Keysor spear-headed the St. Marys attack with two triples and a pair of singles, while Steve Froning and Terry Young each connected for three hits. Dave Williams earned the win on the mound for St. Marys – his first pitching triumph of the season as St. Marys improved to 6-2 on the season.
25 Years Ago This Week – 1987
Despite holding an early advantage in their ACME league baseball meeting with Wapakoneta, New Knoxville suffered their fourth loss of the season by a final of 4-3, watching their record slip to 2-3 in the Auglaize County League standings. With his team trailing 1-0, New Knoxville’s Matt Condon kicked off the third inning with a single to left field and advanced on a sacrifice by Chad Thobe. A few moments later, Brent Lauth smacked an RBI single to left center and later scored when Chris Tinnerman pushed him home on a fielder’s choice. Kurt Fledderjohann added to the Ranger’s lead in the top of the fourth when he singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Down 3-1, Wapakoneta didn’t flinch as they scored two runs in the fourth before breaking the tie in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win. The defeat dropped the Rangers to 7-4-1 on the 1987 summer season.
10 Years Ago This Week – 2002
Ten years ago this week, the Minster ACME squad avenged an earlier season loss to Wapakoneta by bombing the Redskins 20-2 in run rule fashion at Hanover Street Park. Of the Wildcats’ 20 runs in the battle, four were courtesy of Redskin errors, while 12 others resulted from walks allowed to the Wildcat lineup. With the victory, the Wildcats improved to 11-5 on the summer, as they were paced by Ty Parks, who crossed home plate four times on three hits, including a three-run homer with two outs in the first inning. In all, Parks was responsible for seven runs, while Jon Kaylor, Kyle Seger, and John Schmitmeyer each plated three in the blowout.