DEFIANCE — Any other day Don Goodes would have been the story for Wapakoneta. All he did was go 4 for 4 with two extra-base hits.
But this was the day of right-hander Joel Roediger, who was in total command.
Roediger fired a two-hit, 5-0 complete-game victory over Defiance on Tuesday.
With the victory, Wapakoneta (16-0) finished 9-0 in the Western Buckeye League to win the WBL title outright. It was the second straight year the Redskins have won the WBL title, a first for Wapak baseball.
“It means a lot,” Roediger. “They are great teams in the WBL. Coming out and beating these great teams, it just went our way this year. It feels great.’’
Defiance is 14-2, 5-2 in the WBL.
Roediger was in control the whole way with his 91 mph fastball, nose-diving breaking ball and occasional change-up in the late innings. He went all seven innings, giving up two hits.
Roediger (5-0, 0.00 ERA) struck out 15, walked none and hit one batter. He threw 106 pitches, 66 for strikes.
“I was lighting up the radar with the fastballs, which felt really good,” Roediger said. “The arm felt really good today. I bounced a lot of curveballs in front, but it was working and they were swinging. Then, later in game I threw my change-up quite a bit more, which kept them off balance. … It was all working for me today.’’
Jason Brandt gave the start to Roediger over his co-ace Manny Vorhees.
“We probably shocked some people by seeing Joel out there, but him and Manny and Gage (Schenk) are all exceptional pitchers,” Brandt said. “Joel pounded the zone all day long and kept everything at the knees. His change-up was biting. You couldn’t have asked any more from him.’’
Roediger, who is headed to Ohio Dominican with Vorhees, continually was ahead in the count. He faced 24 batters and threw 20 first-pitch strikes.
“He was really good,” Defiance coach Tom Held said. “How the heck is he not going Division I is beyond me. He has D-I stuff. He threw some big change-ups and if he throws that third pitch, there’s nobody who can get him. He had fastball command and wasn’t behind many hitters.’’
Wapak leadoff hitter Goodes, who is headed to Virginia Military Institute, went 4 for 4 with a double and a triple. He’s now hitting over .600 for the year.
“Today was a good day for baseball,” Goodes said. “It just worked out today.
“This is a good group of guys and they really welcomed me in (from Virginia this year). They helped me learn the ropes and how we play as a team. I owe it to them.’’
Brandt said, “He’s (Goodes) the best hitter in the state of Ohio, hands down.”
Wapak’s Voorhees went 2 for 3 with a double and a two-run home run.
Mitch Apple and Gage Schenk both went 2 for 4.
Wapak took a 2-0 lead in the third and that was more than enough for Roediger.
Jett Makar walked for Wapak in the second. With two outs, Goodes launched an RBI triple to the fence in dead center to give the Redskins a 1-0 lead.
Vorhees followed with an RBI double and it was 2-0.
Apple’s infield single to short scored Roediger to make it 3-0 in the fifth.
In the seventh, Goodes started the inning with a double.
Then came Voorhees, who pounded a two-run home run over the left-field fence. That gave the Redskins a 5-0 lead.
Defiance right-hander Logan Andonian went all six innings. He gave up five runs, all earned, on 10 hits. He struck out six and walked one.
Andonian threw 97 pitches, 66 for strikes.
Roediger struck out the side in the second and third innings. Only one runner reached second base on him all day.
In the seventh, Brandon Shafer led off with a single for the Bulldogs.
Roediger simply turned his breaking ball and change-up and struck out the next three hitters to wrap up the WBL title.
“It took us 16 years to get our first (WBL) title, then back-to-back after 17,” Brandt said. “It’s no easy feat, ever.’’
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