With the another round of tournament play looming, Archbold fought back from a 7-0 hole to stun Tinora 9-8 in non-league baseball on Tuesday.
“We got ourselves in quite a hole early on there,” said Archbold skipper Dick Selgo. “But the neat thing about baseball is, there’s no clock. The other team has got to get 21 outs and you’ve got to use those to the maximum. Fortunately we did.”
The Blue Streaks got on the board with four straight hits in the bottom of the second, including two that went for extra bases, plating three runs and cutting the deficit to 7-3.
Tinora added a run in the next half inning on a one-out fielder’s choice from Chase Hahn with the bases loaded. However, they would be done scoring for the game at that point.
Archbold got its offense going with one out in the home half of the fifth. A single, a poor throw on a pickoff attempt, and an error put runners on the corners for Jeron Williams. He put a ball in play and reached on an error to score Nic Rodriguez who was running for Trevor Rupp, making the margin 8-4.
Bryce Williams would walk to load the bases and Gabe Petersen followed with a base on balls to bring in a run. After Ian Radabaugh was called out via the infield fly rule, Brandon Miller belted a two-run single which made the score 8-7. Two batters later, Rigo Ramos added another bases loaded walk to tie the game.
“It was a hitters day,” said Selgo. “The wind’s blowing out. The field’s rock hard without any rain believe it or not. And, we did put the ball in play and made some things happen.”
The Streaks were able to keep the Rams at bay in large part to Radabaugh who came on in relief. He pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing just one run and three hits while striking out three.
In the top of the sixth he walked two of the first three Ram hitters around a strikeout, but then got a double play off the bat of Noah Buttermore to end the threat.
“Ian came on in a real tough situation, which he has done a lot of times this year,” said Selgo of Radabaugh. “And (he) really held the fort for us.
“He just battled and kept us in the game.”
Radabaugh also came through with his bat as he doubled to lead off the seventh. Miller then laid down a bunt where the Rams’ pitcher fielded it and went to third, however, Radabaugh was called safe and the Streaks were left with a golden opportunity.
Archbold’s Cory Erbskorn followed with another bunt and once again Radabaugh beat the throw for the walk-off 9-8 win.
Miller, the Streaks’ starting pitcher, struggled a bit with his command as he hit five batters and allowed seven runs on three hits with three strikeouts and a pair of walks over 1 1/3 innings.
Tye Norden took the loss on the mound for Tinora. He came on with two outs in the fifth, allowed a run on two hits and did not record an out in the seventh.
Archbold was able to outhit Tinora 10-6. They are hopeful that offense carries over to Thursday when they open up play in the Division III district tournament against NWOAL rival Swanton.
“Our last two games have been 1-0 victories,” explained Selgo. “So, getting nine runs today is a big boost for our offense and confidence.”
The district semifinal contest against the Bulldogs will be at Defiance High School beginning at approximately 4 p.m.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010