Wauseon exploded for four runs on four hits in the home half of the fourth inning, breaking open a 2-2 tie in what ended up being a 6-2 victory over Liberty Center Tuesday in ACME baseball.
CJ Moser got the Indians started in the fourth with an infield single. Justus Chapa followed with a base hit, then Xavier Torres walked to load the bases with still no outs recorded. This brought Everett Bueter to the plate, and the soon to be senior came through with a two-run single, putting the margin at 4-2.
After a strikeout, Jarrett Krugh replaced Gabriel Hinton on the mound for the Tigers.
The first batter Krugh faced, Sam Frank, bunted to move a pair of runners in scoring position with two out. Zach Stipp followed with a hard hit double that plated both Torres and Bueter to make it 6-2 through four.
Wauseon pitchers Brooks Gype and Eric Parker would finish off Liberty Center over the final three innings. Gype capped off his five-inning effort on the mound by stranding a one-out walk in the next half inning. Parker went the final two frames, giving up just two walks and no hits while fanning a pair of batters.
The Tigers got on the board first as their first three batters reached base in the top of the first. Austin Like drew a walk, and Conner Sonnenberg’s triple to right center field scored him to make it 1-0. Krugh added a RBI single which gave LC a two-run cushion.
However, Gype got the next batter to ground into a double play. Zeb Hoffman extended the inning with a single and steal of second, but he later was caught trying to steal third ending the inning.
In the bottom of the first, a sacrifice fly from Gype scored Trent Armstrong to cut the Tiger lead in half.
The Indians then tied the score in the home half of the second. Bueter reached on a swinging bunt single with two outs in the frame, stole second, moved to third on a base hit by Parker, and scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-2.
Gype earned the win on the mound, going five innings, allowing two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts. Hinton took the loss for LC.
Bueter paced the Indian offense as he finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs, while Stipp went 1 for 1 with a walk and a pair of RBIs as well. Krugh went 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Tigers.
Wauseon next hosts Patrick Henry Thursday at 6 p.m. before traveling to Defiance for a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010