The Wauseon baseball team fell behind early against defending Division II state champion Defiance and could not recover, falling to the Bulldogs 5-1 Saturday afternoon.
After surrendering three runs in the top of the second inning, the Indians got their offense going with a one-out single from Jac Flory in the bottom of the fourth. Travis Smith followed with a single to left while Marcel Barajas’ single loaded the bases.
Brooks Gype was up next, as he singled to score Flory to cut the Defiance advantage to 3-1. However, Bulldog starting pitcher Shay Smiddy got them out of the jam with consecutive strikeouts.
Defiance then answered with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to help put it out of reach.
First it was Braden Frederick who reached first on an error. Smiddy then got a single to left and Tino Ramirez’s walk filled the bases.
A sacrifice fly by Defiance made it 4-1, followed by a ground out from Jacob Jimenez that plated Smiddy to extend their advantage to 5-1.
Wauseon was only able to get a single from Smith and bunt single from Josh Whitcomb over the next two and a half innings as they dropped to 0-1 on the season.
Smith went 2 for 3 for the Indians, while Smiddy was 2 for 4 with an RBI for Defiance. Jimenez and Austin Taylor also had RBIs for the Dogs.
Smiddy had eight strikeouts in five innings of work to get the win on the mound for Defiance. Wauseon’s Brady Kinnersley took the loss as he allowed five runs on seven hits over four innings.
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