WAPAKONETA — Two games. Two solid pitching performances.
Wapakoneta, who got a perfect game from Manny Vorhees in its season opener last week, got another outstanding outing from hurler Joel Roediger who fired a one-hitter to help the Redskins score a 15-1 win over Perry Thursday.
In his five innings of work, the Redskin righty fanned nine batters while walking two. The lone hit, which could have been scored an error, yielded his one run when he allowed a one-out walk and two batters later Aaron Rush punched one up the middle that was slightly bobbled by shortstop Vorhees and Rush beat the throw.
Regardless of it being a hit or not, Redskin head coach Jason Brandt was encouraged by Roediger’s performance. Roediger was perfect three, fanning six, including four in a row, gave up a lead-off walk in the fourth.
“I don’t know,” Brandt admitted about whether it should have been scored a hit or an error. “Manny will probably say he bobbled it being the team player. It seemed like it could have been bobbled on the transfer (from glove to hand). It is what it is and whether it is a one-hitter or a no-hitter it doesn’t matter. Either way it is still good outing from our pitcher. We probably will sit here later on and debate it tonight.”
Brandt added that Roediger battled despite the cold temperatures and coming off long innings when Wapakoneta was scoring runs in droves.
“It is really is tough for a guy to come out on the hill and do what he did,” Brandt said. “He worked ahead most of the day. He was still upper 80s most of the game but he hit 90 six different times. It was pretty impressive on a cold day early in the season.”
Perry head coach Mark Hoerstan said his team has had little time to get any actual play with just one scrimmage under the team’s belt and it was evident.
“We have probably been outside about a half dozen times and it showed defensively and we gave them a lot of runs,” Hoersten said. “We couldn’t throw strikes with the first three or four pitchers I had in there. They have a nice ball club and took advantage of everything we did wrong.”
While Roediger was dealing on the mound for Wapakoneta, Perry pitchers struggled with control. The Commodores, who used four pitchers, surrendered 13 walks and three hit batsmen.
Despite the poor outing by his pitchers, Hoersten said it was important to get his pitchers out there and get some work in early in the season.
“We kept playing to our credit but some plays we should have made we didn’t,” the Commodore skipper said. “We gave them extra outs and any time you give a team like that extra outs they are going to take advantage of it.”
Wapakoneta took advantage of the free passes in the first inning by scoring 10 runs on two hits.
Picking up big hits at the plate were Don Goodes, who went 2 for 3 with one run scored and 5 RBI. Roediger helped himself at the plate by going 1 for 3 with one run scored and an RBI.
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