ST. MARYS — Aside from a failed early wooden bat experiment, Wapakoneta has continued its success into the summer.
“They tried them in batting practice in the spring and they thought they might want to try them in the game,” Wapakoneta ACME coach Willie Sammetinger said, with a chuckle. “Well, they broke $200 worth of bats last night in Elida. They just fractured them. So we’re slowly but surely starting to go back to metal.”
Whatever the material, Wapak’s baseball team can swing those bats.
The Redskins scored five runs in the second and seven runs in the third and Wapak starting pitcher Chace Culver threw five one-hit, shutout innings en route to a 17-0 five-inning win over St. Marys on Thursday night at K.C. Geiger Park.
Exactly a week after they were playing in a Division II state semifinal game in Columbus, most of the same players were back on the diamond piling up runs as the Redskins improved to 2-0.
“It’s a big comedown from the state tournament to starting all over again,” Wapakoneta ACME coach Willie Sammetinger said. “But they’ve got an agenda and they’re working towards it. “
Culver, who was one-half of Wapak’s dominating pitching staff that got the Redskins to within a run of a state title allowed only a Mason Gross first inning hit. He struck out two in the win.
St. Marys plays Crestview tonight in the round robin ACME invite at Celina. St. Marys takes on Celina at noon on Saturday and then plays St. Henry at 2:30 p.m.