WAPAKONETA — Josh Halker threw a no-hitter on Monday when the Cougars defeated Wapakoneta 10-0. An early start on offense gave Halker good run support as Van Wert scored seven of their runs in the first two innings.

Ethan Rupert got things going for the Cougars in the first inning when he scored on a wild pitch. Turner Witten and Ries Wise crossed the plate on a double by Levi Eddins to give Van Wert a 3-0 lead.

The Cougars tacked on four in the second inning to extend their lead to 7-0. Jacob Place knocked in Hunter Bollenbaugh with a single to left and Kaiden Bates was walked in by Redskin starter Brandon Schneider.Place came home on a fielders choice and a stolen base by Rupert gave Van Wert a comfortable lead after two.

Halker was lights-out and made quick work of the Wapak batters. He struckout five in his superb day on the mound.

Bates and Place added two insurance runs in the sixth and Hunter Bollenbaugh scored for a second time in the seventh to make it 10-0.

Eddins led the Cougars at the plate by going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and Bates had two runs scored a two RBIs.

Van Wert 10

Kaiden Bates 4-2-1-2, Jacob Place 5-2-2-0, Ethan Rupert 4-2-0-1, Turner Witten 2-1-2-2, Ries Wise 3-1-0-1, Levi Eddins 4-0-2-2, Levi Newell 3-0-1-0, Blaze Bolenbaugh 1-0-0-0, Hunter Bolenbaugh 3-2-0-0, Josh Halker 4-0-0-0, Total 33-10-8-8

2B: Eddins SB: Bates 2, H.Bloenbaugh 2, Place 2, Newell, Rupert, Wise

Wapakoneta 0

Rogers 3-0-0-0, Trevor Crow 3-0-0-0, Cooper Talowsky 3-0-0-0, Eric Carpenter 2-0-0-0, Fisher 3-0-0-0, J.R. Young 3-0-0-0, Garrett Siefring 1-0-0-0, Isaac Cox 2-0-0-0, Cam Jordan 2-0-0-0, Total 22-0-0-0

Score by Inning -R H E

Van Wert 340 002 1 - 10 8 3

Wapak 000 000 0 - 0 0 7


Van Wert

Josh Halker (W) 7 0 0 0 0 5


Brandon Schneider (L) 1.1 4 7 4 3 2

J.R. Young 5.2 4 3 2 2 6