Bath slips past Wapak


Wildcats advance to sectional championship

By Mark Altstaetter - [email protected]



Wildcats advance to sectional championship

By Mark Altstaetter

[email protected]

Bath’s Andrew Jordan of Bath slides safely into home against Wapakoneta during Sunday’s ACME sectional game at Bath High School. Richard Parrish / The Lima News
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2015/07/web1_ACME2.jpgBath’s Andrew Jordan of Bath slides safely into home against Wapakoneta during Sunday’s ACME sectional game at Bath High School. Richard Parrish / The Lima News

BATH TOWNSHIP – In a pitcher’s duel, it usually comes down to a clutch base hit, or a miscue in the field.

In Sunday’s ACME sectional baseball game, Bath got the one hit it needed to come away with a 2-1 victory over Wapakoneta.

A bloop double by Andrew Jordan in the home half of the fifth inning helped pave the way for the hard-fought Bath victory.

Jordan’s blooper in shallow center field was the only hit Bath would muster off Wapakoneta junior right-hander Maddux Liles.

But, that was all the Wildcats needed, as they advanced in the winner’s bracket.

Bath (11-3) advances to the sectional championship at 6 p.m. on Wednesday against Tuesday’s winner between Wapakoneta and Shawnee in the loser’s bracket finals. Tuesday’s game between Wapakoneta and Shawnee will start at 6 p.m.

With Sunday’s game scoreless through the first four innings, Bath finally cashed in on an opportunity.

Jordan led off the bottom of the fifth with a blooper to shallow center that fell in between three Wapakoneta fielders. Jordan alertly made it to second base for the double.

The next batter, Kaden Sullivan, hit a grounder to the left side of the infield and made it to first on an error. Jordan advanced to third on the error.

Troy Korkate followed with an RBI grounder which scored Jordan to make it 1-0, Bath. Then, with Sullivan on third base, a wild pitch by Liles allowed Sullivan to come in to score to make it 2-0.

Wapakoneta (8-6) recorded its lone run off an RBI single by Nate Schroer in the sixth. Liles led off the sixth with a single and then was driven in by Schroer.

“Pitching and catching was really good tonight,” Bath coach John Simindinger said. “It’s been good for the most part all summer. Cam gave us a chance to win and we did enough, offensively, to get a win.”

On Sunday, Liles retired the side in order in three of the first four innings. He ended his complete-game effort with three strikeouts, two walks and a hit batter. Liles threw 81 pitches on the day.

Bath pitcher Cam Clark was not to be outdone, as he worked all seven innings to record the victory. Clark scattered three hits, while striking out seven and walking just two. He threw a total of 96 pitches.

The Redskins got the bat on the ball, especially early on. However, most of those hard-hit balls were right at Bath fielders.

“We were solid up the middle and made some plays,” Simindinger said. “We had one pretty big double play we turned (in the fourth inning). Maybe we were fortunate that they hit some balls at us, but that’s the way it goes.”

Wapakoneta coach Kaleb Coil praised Liles’ effort on the mound.

“Maddux threw really well. He made some adjustments today, coming in. He threw strikes. He threw his off-speed (pitches) for strikes and we made some plays behind him,” he said.

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