WAPAKONETA — Sometimes it’s not the team that makes the most plays that comes out on top. Sometimes it’s the one that makes the fewest mistakes.
Friday night, that team was the St. Marys Roughriders.
St. Marys took advantage of a slew of miscues in the first three innings to post a 5-1 win over the rival Wapakoneta Redskins in a Western Buckeye League varsity baseball game at Wapakoneta High School.
Roughriders pitcher Brad Sawmiller was in control on the mound, allowing just three hits. He struck out six, walked two and hit two batters.
The Roughriders improved to 15-6 overall and 6-2 in league play. Wapak fell to 14-4 and 5-2.
St. Marys got on the board first with one run in the top half of the inning. With two outs and Nick Vogel on second, Michael Huber grounded back to Chace Culver on the mound. Culver bobbled the ball and was unable to get Huber at first to end the inning, allowing Vogel to move to third.
Huber took a huge lead from first, trying to draw a throw from Culver. He got it and Culver’s throw sailed into right field allowing Vogel to score.
The wheels fell off for Wapak in the second.
Mason Gross lined a one-out single up the middle. Sawmiller reached on an error by Marshall Gerlach at third. And Luke Leffel drew a walk to load the bases.
Culver walked Manning to score Gross and Sawmiller scored on a wild pitch before the Redskins could get out of the inning.
MINSTER 5, VERSAILLES 4
MINSTER — Minster’s latest strong performance on the mound led the Wildcat baseball team to a comeback 5-4 victory Friday over Versailles in a MAC contest at Hanover Street Park in Minster.
After back-to-back losses earlier this week to Coldwater and Bath, Minster bounced back to get to 4-2 in MAC play.
Minster’s Devon Poeppelman worked six innings, giving up four runs. But none of those runs were earned. He struck out four before giving way to Doug Huber, who shut the door in the seventh with a perfect inning.
Versailles falls to 16-6 and 4-2 in the MAC.
The Wildcats went into the bottom of the sixth inning trailing 4-3, but they smacked the ball around the park to turn things around. With one out, Minster got singles from Ethan Wolf, Drew Elson and Jay Eilerman to load the bases. Austin Knapke came up and was hit by a pitch to bring home Wolf with the tying run. Versailles brought over Dominic Richard from first base to relieve Zac Niekamp on the mound. He gave up a ground ball to shortstop that scored Elson with what proved to be the winning run.
The Wildcats (17-5, 4-2) have three games left in the regular season. Next Tuesday they entertain New Knoxville.
NEW BREMEN 10, DSJ 9
DELPHOS — The Midwest Athletic Conference race got even tighter on Friday night.
The New Bremen baseball team scored five runs in a pair of innings and that was enough to win a 10-9 Midwest Athletic Conference game over the Delphos St. John’s Blue Jays.
That creates a handful of teams logjam atop the MAC standings with two losses.
New Bremen scored five runs in the second and five in the fifth.
Aaron Clune started and earned the win for New Bremen, giving up seven runs on 11 hits. Brent Bertke worked 2 and 1-3 innings in relief.
Clune doubled twice in a 3-for-5 night with three RBI.
Luke Schwieterman went 2-for-3 for New Bremen.
The Cardinals (11-7) overcame a pair of DSJ (14-5, 4-2)home runs.