WAPAKONETA — What a difference a week makes.
Seven days ago, the Wapakoneta ACME baseball team sent rival St. Marys home with its tail between its legs thanks to a 17-0 shellacking at K.C. Geiger Park.
Thursday at Wapakoneta High School, St. Marys jumped all over Wapak starting pitcher Andrew Hines for four first-inning runs.
But Hines settled down and Wapakoneta chipped away at the St. Marys lead to pull out a 5-4 win.
Wapak improved to 5-0 on the season. St. Marys is 3-4.
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“The big difference was we threw strikes, made them put the ball in play, gave our defense a chance, and we didn’t give free bases,” St. Marys coach Alan Hueber said. “A 5-4 ballgame, you can’t be upset about that against a team that’s returning everybody from the state championship game.”
St. Marys sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the first inning, scoring four runs on six hits, a walk and a hit batsman. The big hit in the inning was a two-run double by Isaac Fitzgerald on a misplayed ball in the outfield.
St. Marys’ final two runs came on back-to-back two-out bases-loaded singles by Codie Deaton and Nate Vogel.
Wapak tied the game at 4-all in the third.
Isaac Fitzgerald tossed a complete game for St. Marys, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
“Even though it’s a loss, this could help us jump into a nice winning streak,” Huber said.
St. Marys travels to New Bremen tonight for a 6:30 p.m. game against the Cardinal ACME team.