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1949 McCutchenville baseball

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            McCutchenville’s 1949 Class B baseball team was the first team of any sport from Wyandot County to play in an OHSAA championship game.
            The team was state runner-up in the spring of 1949. The team was also a state qualifier in 1948 and 1950.

The 1949 Big Red posted a 6-1 mark in the Wyandot County League, posting shutouts five times. They avenged their only loss, a 3-0 setback against Salem, by beating it in the county tournament, 3-2, and won the championship with a 3-0 victory against Harpster.

McCutchenville beat Edon and Wakeman in a doubleheader at Bowling Green to qualify for a district game against Upper Sandusky, defeating the Rams to reach state. The Big Red beat Elida, 9-6, but had their 12-game winning streak snapped with a title game loss to Fort Recovery.
            The team was led by Merle Barth, who pitched seven no-hitters in the 1949 season, including four in league play.
            Others members of the team were Don Beashler, catcher; Robert Parker, first base; Glen Stevens, second base; Paul Kissabeth, third base; Glenn Hill, short stop; Frank Parker, left field; Charles Beaschler, center field; Marvin Mullholand, right field; Paul Bour, utility; Robert Brashares, utility; Bob Gucker, utility; Dale Stevens, utility; Judson Virden, utility; Wayne Vogel, utility; manager Don Ruehler and coach Mirl Rosendale.