BATH TOWNSHIP — All the signs – two good teams and two good pitchers - pointed to a low-scoring and close baseball game.
All the signs were wrong.
Wapakoneta (10-4, 3-1 Western Buckey League) bounced back from deficits of five and three runs to knock off Bath 20-10 in Western Buckeye League action Tuesday afternoon at Bath.
The Redskins started ace right-hander Chase Culver and Culver was nursing a slim 1-0 lead into the third inning when his control deserted him.
The Wildcats (9-4, 2-3 WBL) scored six runs in the inning thanks to three walks and doubles that drove in two runs off the bats of catcher Cam Clark and second baseman Bronson Best. Culver was removed from the mound in favor of left-hander Zach Golliday with two outs in the inning but stayed in the game at shortstop and his name in the box score would loom large in the outcome of the game.
Wapakoneta would get to with-in 6-2 when they scored a run in the fourth inning and then tied the game at 6-6 with a four-run outburst in the fifth that was highlighted by a booming home run to deep right center-field by Redskins first baseman Chandler Kaeck off Bath starting pitcher Hunter Weis.
“Hitting is contagious and that got us going.” Wapakoneta coach Jason Brandt said of Kaeck’s big hit.
But the Wildcats weren’t about to give up and bounced back with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to reclaim the lead at 9-6. Colin Gossard had the big hit for Bath with a double that drove in two runs.
Wapakoneta then sent 17 batters to the plate in the top of the sixth and plated 11 runs to grab control of the contest at 17-9. Culver had a long home three-run homer to deep left field to high-light the offensive onslaught by the Redskins.
Wapakoneta added three runs in the top of the seventh while the Wildcats plated a run in the bottom of the seventh to account for the final score.
Culver had a huge day at the plate as he finished the contest going 6-for-6 and drove in seven runs.
“It feels good; I felt I had to contribute,” Culver said. “I hit what they gave me but I knew the home-run was gone when I hit it.”
Nate Kaeck and Nick Bruns both added three hits for the Redskins.
“Unbelievable that 30 runs were scored against two teams with great pitching,” Brandt said. “Bath to Chase but to our credit we didn’t roll over. We were resilient today and the kids hit the ball hard down the line and in the gaps.”
Bronson Best had four hits to pace the Bath attack and had two runs batted in as did Gossard and Clark.
“If you told me we were going to score 10 runs against Wapakoneta and lose, I wouldn’t have believed it,” Bath coach Brian Jesko said. “You can’t give extra chances to good teams and they took advantage of our errors but hats off to them.”