Archbold baseball falls in regional final


Four-run third lifts Colts

Staff Report



Toby Walker crosses home plate for an Archbold run in the regional semifinal against Elmwood last Thursday. The Blue Streaks defeated the Royals but lost to Clear Fork, 4-3, in the regional final on Friday to end their season.


Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor

ELIDA – One big inning from Clear Fork was enough to end Archbold’s 2016 tournament run. A four-run third inning propelled the Colts to a 4-3 victory over the Streaks in the Division III regional baseball final on Friday at Elida.

Archbold jumped on the Colts quickly with a two-running first inning. Derek Walker led off with a walk and came home on a double off the bat of Ben Bucklew.

Bucklew crossed the plate to make it 2-0 Archbold on a sacrifice fly from Lathon Babcock.

The Streaks added another run in the top of the third inning. Toby Walker singled and came around to score, putting Archbold ahead 3-0.

Clear Fork registered just a pair of base hits in their pivotal third inning. Ultimately, a single from Hunter Boyer scored Luke Clark to give the Colts a 4-3 lead.

The Blue Streaks had a golden opportunity in the fifth inning, but Clear Fork’s Jalen Sheriff pitched out of a based loaded jam. Toby Walker and Bucklew singled to start the inning before a Bryce Williams walk loaded the bases.

However, Sheriff got a pair of a pop outs and a fielder’s choice to preserve the Colts’ slim lead.

Toby Walker again led off the seventh inning with a single. He moved into scoring position at second, but could not be brought home, clinching the game for Clear Fork.

The Colts’ unlikely run in the tournament continues with a trip to the state final four with a record of 19-12.

Archbold’s season came to an end with a record of 22-9.

Toby Walker crosses home plate for an Archbold run in the regional semifinal against Elmwood last Thursday. The Blue Streaks defeated the Royals but lost to Clear Fork, 4-3, in the regional final on Friday to end their season.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2016/06/web1_Toby-comes-home.jpgToby Walker crosses home plate for an Archbold run in the regional semifinal against Elmwood last Thursday. The Blue Streaks defeated the Royals but lost to Clear Fork, 4-3, in the regional final on Friday to end their season. Max Householder | Fulton County Expositor
Four-run third lifts Colts

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