AW Baseball Team Registers Two Shutouts To End Season

AW junior Braden Theis prepares to make a tag on a Perrysburg base runner in the district final game at Bowling Green on May 20. The Generals finished the season with a 22-8 record (9-5 NLL) after shutting out Napoleon and Springfield last week. MIRROR PHOTO BY KEVIN FINNIGAN

BY JOEL SENSING | MIRROR SPORTS — It took a while, but the Anthony Wayne baseball team finished off its season with a 1-0 win over visiting Napoleon on May 23. Junior Brock Nartker’s pinch-hit single scored senior pinch runner Sean Mowery in the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Generals (22-8, 9-5 in the Northern Lakes League) the win in their final game of the season. Senior Alex Vogel gave his all in his last outing for the Generals, pitching 10.2 innings of shutout baseball. The right-hander struck out four Wildcats (8-17, 2-11 in the NLL) while allowing six hits and issuing just one walk. He threw 125 pitches, finding the strike zone on 88 of them (70 percent). “I was just cherishing the moment,” Vogel said. “I wasn’t thinking much that it was my last time pitching as a General. I was thinking more about winning the game, but while I was pitching I was definitely enjoying it and taking it all in one last time.” Prior to Nartker’s game-winning single, the Generals had just four hits over the first 10 frames. Mowery came in to run for junior catcher Braden Theis, who was hit by a pitch by Napoleon’s Lane Good. A sacrifice bunt from senior Braden Womack put Mowery on second. Nartker’s knock down the left-field line gave Anthony Wayne the walk-off victory. Vogel, who will attend The University of Toledo in the fall, said he’ll cherish his time as a General. “I definitely enjoyed my time at AW playing baseball,” he said, “but as coach (Mark) Nell always says, ‘It’s not the games that I will remember.’ It will be my teammates and coaches and the memories I made with them. That is what I will cherish the most.” Junior Steve Haugh, senior Evan Brown, Vogel and Womack had the hits before the game-winning shot. AW 10, Springfield 0 The previous day, the Generals avenged an earlier loss to Springfield by cruising to a 10-0, five-inning road win over the Blue Devils. Junior Andrew Murphy went the distance for Anthony Wayne, striking out three and allowing just two hits in the shutout. He did not walk a batter. The right-hander pounded the strike zone, throwing 77 percent of his 53 pitches for strikes. The bats came alive for AW, as it tallied 12 hits in the shortened game. Haugh (three RBI, run), Vogel (RBI, run) and Theis (RBI, run) each had two hits. Junior Nick Schneider (two RBI, walk, run), Brown (RBI, run), Murphy (run), Nartker (two runs), Womack (RBI, run) and Mowery each had a hit. Senior Isaac Smith had an RBI, while classmate Jared Keyser scored a run.

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