It was different from any other home game Archbold played all season. Needing to move to Ruihley Park because of standing water at their normal home field at Memorial Park, the Archbold Blue Streaks broke a trend of playing in close games by scoring eight runs in the fifth inning as they defeated Elmwood 11-3 Saturday in non-league baseball.
“It was old-school day today,” Archbold coach Dick Selgo said of playing at the old venue. “No music, just baseball. People sitting in lawn chairs, it was beautiful.”
The fateful fifth inning started innocently enough when Bryce Williams drew a lead-off walk. He was one of the few that didn’t advance in the inning on the bases, as Gabe Petersen followed with a ground ball to the shortstop. Williams was out, but Petersen beat out the throw to first as the Royals attempted to finish off the double play.
Gabe Petersen stole second before Sam Petersen finished his at-bat which ended on a hit batter. Ian Radabaugh smacked an RBI double to left to open a 4-3 lead before a pop-up was the second out of the inning.
But from there, it would be a while before the inning ended. An error led to one run crossing the plate, then Jeron Williams produced a run when his single fell in front of the left fielder.
Toby Walker cleared the two baserunners with a triple, and he scored off the relay when the throw went into the Archbold dugout. Walks put two runners right back on the bases, which ended up as the last two runs of the inning. Up for the second time in the inning, Gabe Petersen skied a ball to right field that was lost in the sun and the two runners scored to open the 11-3 lead.
“We’ve been scrounging for runs lately,” Selgo said about the Archbold offense. “We haven’t been getting a lot of hits, especially with runners in scoring position. It was sure nice to break it open and get a little breathing room.”
The offense was more than enough for Sam Petersen on the mound. He got out of a two-on, two-out jam in the sixth, and worked around a walk in the seventh to finish off the complete game. He held Elmwood to seven hits and four walks with four strikeouts.
“He had a really good outing,” commented Selgo of his pitcher. “It looked like he started laboring a little bit in the fifth and sixth (inning), but he got his second wind. He came on and finished strong.”
The Blue Streaks picked up single runs in the first two innings for a 2-0 lead. Nic Rodriguez singled and scored in the first, then Archbold used three hits for a run in the second. Brandon Miller hit a one-out double, then advanced when Cory Erbskorn and Jeron Williams followed with singles.
Archbold had a chance for more in the second, but a ball that the umpires ruled went off the plate by Rodriguez turned into a 1-2-3 double play.
“That has happened to us a few times,” Selgo said of the early chances to score. “We have runners stranded or something happens that’s not good. That’s a tough call for umpires to see and they turned a double play out of it.”
The Royals took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third with a three-run home run. Archbold tied the game in the bottom of the frame when Bryce Williams hit a lead-off single and eventually scored on a ground ball by Gabe Petersen.
Archbold (3-3) opens Northwest Ohio Athletic League play today with a home game against Liberty Center.
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