After a delay to the start of the season following an appearance in the state basketball tournament and numerous cancellations, the Archbold baseball team opened up their season at home against Fairview in a doubleheader Saturday. The Apaches were the home team in light of the game being moved due to poor field conditions, and they bested the Blue Streaks 5-1 in game one and 9-1 in game two.
The first game was a pitcher’s duel for most of the contest until an Alex Jackson suicide squeeze scored Bailey Cline, putting Fairview ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth. Now with two out, Austin Meyer belted an RBI-double which scored Kobe Baker to make the difference 2-0.
The Apaches added a Luke Breininger infield single, to which Jackson came home on a bad throw to third, then Hunter Bostater was hit by a pitch causing Archbold’s Ian Radabaugh to relieve Sam Petersen on the mound.
Sam Petersen went 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out three.
Radabaugh drew a fly out from Justin Smith to avoid further damage.
Fairview added to their lead in the home half of the sixth as Zach Hess walked to get things started. He later scored on a poor pickoff attempt by the catcher to third with the bases loaded and two down.
Ian Groves, who also walked in the frame for the Apaches, scored on a similar play to make it 5-0.
Archbold made a last rally in the top of the seventh when Jeron Williams was hit by a pitch, Toby Walker walked, Nic Rodriguez was called out via the infield fly rule, but Bryce Williams earned an infield single to load the bases.
They cut the Apache lead to four when Radabaugh reached on an error scoring Jeron Williams. However, Nathan Puffinberger struck out the final two batters to seal the win for the Apaches.
Smith started the game on the mound for the Apaches and earned the win, going 5 2/3 innings where he allowed no runs on three Blue Streak hits.
Archbold struck first in the second game, but they went scoreless after the first inning in the 9-1 defeat.
Toby Walker led off the contest with a base on balls. Following a Blue Streak ground out, Bryce Williams’ single plated Walker to give them a 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the second, the Apaches took over the lead with a five run explosion. Jackson’s one-out bunt single with the bases loaded brought home Puffinberger on a close play to tie the score.
Groves then came home from third on a balk to give them the lead for good. Later, a two-out walk from Breininger re-loaded the bases, then Bostater was hit by a pitch to score a run, and Smith belted a two-run single to make it 5-1.
The Streaks were down 8-1 in the fifth when they loaded the bases in an attempt to make a come back.
T.J. Rice led off the inning with a walk, but Jeron Williams reached on a fielder’s choice as Rice was thrown out at second. Rodriguez then drew a one-out walk, both he and Jeron Williams moved up a base on a passed ball, and Bryce Williams walked to load the bases.
However, Cade Polter replaced Jackson Hart on the mound for Fairview and he drew a lineout to center from Radabaugh ending the threat.
The Apaches added a run on a RBI-single from Breininger in the next half inning to equal the final score.
Hart went 4 2/3 innings and allowed just a run on three hits to get the win on the mound for the Apaches. Trevor Rupp took the loss for the Streaks.
In both games, Bryce Williams was 2 for 4 at the plate with an RBI to lead Archbold.
The Streaks are back in action today when they welcome in Hilltop.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010