Hey, I Remember That!: A look back at area sports this week 10, 25 and 50 years ago

50 Years Ago – 1962
Fifty years ago this week, the St. Marys ACME baseball crew fell to Maria Stein in an exciting 5-4 decision in Mercer County.  St. Marys jumped on top in the early-going as they led 4-1 after two innings of play before Maria Stein stormed back for three runs in the bottom of the third to knot the score at four runs.  Everything remained calm until Maria Stein’s final at-bat when they crossed home plate to secure the win, ending the game immediately.  Mike Weadock pitched the complete game for St. Marys and struck out ten batsmen, while allowing only four base hits.  St. Marys was only able to chalk up three hits of their own on the offensive end as Weadock, Tommy Schamp, and Jim Scott each picked up singles in the loss which dropped their team to 2-3 on the season.  

25 Years Ago – 1987
With a 10-2 victory over New Knoxville this week in 1987, the St. Marys ACME baseball team snagged the Auglaize County ACME title by finishing the campaign 7-1 in the county standings.  The Minster Wildcats, who completed their county slate with two losses, landed in second place in the Auglaize County League.  With a 10-9 overall record, the Roughriders were set to kick off the county tournament with a meeting against Wapakoneta in the first round at K.C. Geiger Park the following week.  Against New Knoxville, the Roughriders plated five runs in the sixth inning, as Todd Grimm earned the victory on the mound by allowing only two runs and five hits in five innings of action.  Derek Turner led the ‘Riders at the dish with a double and a single, while Greg Keith, Keith Puschell, and Joe Sullivan each smacked a double, with Bob Vogel, Mark Schamp, and Mike Suchland all contributing singles to the winning effort.  Keith helped out in the sixth inning by picking up the save for the Blue and Gold on the pitcher’s mound.  New Knoxville was also set to open up Auglaize County tournament action the next week against the Minster Wildcats.  

10 Years Ago – 2002
This week in 2002, the New Bremen Cardinals jumped ahead early in their Auglaize County ACME league contest with the Wapakoneta Redskins, but eventually slipped up and fell by a final of 11-4.  The Redskins got the scoreboard rolling in the first inning when they plated a run, only to have the Cardinals answer with a pair of runs in their half of the inning to pull in front 2-1.  New Bremen’s fate seemed promising in the fourth inning when they added two more runs, but things quickly collapsed after that as the Redskins picked up ten unanswered runs through the remainder of the game to score the seven-run victory.  With the loss, the Cardinals dropped to 6-8 overall as they prepared for the Auglaize County Tournament the ensuing week.