An early deficit was no problem for a Delta team that sent 18 batters to the plate in the second inning as the Panthers reversed a 2-0 deficit into a 15-4 win over Holgate in ACME baseball Tuesday at Jim Harmon Field.
Holgate strung together three singles, plus used a wild pitch, to open a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Delta went in order in the bottom of the first, but more than made up for it in the second.
Just in the second inning, nine players scored a run, with Cole Mattin, Logan Albring and Austin Michaels scoring twice.
The Panthers also used six batters, three walks and an error as a part of the big inning.
“We have to take advantage of them,” Delta coach Bill Vaughan said of using the Holgate miscues on the mound to score the 12 runs in the inning. “That’s the inning where you have to put up double digits. When you get nine free baserunners, you better be scoring some runs.”
Cole Mattin had the big hit, a bases-loaded triple.
“Cole Mattin had a good game,” added Vaughan. “He’s been struggling with the bat and he made his mind up he doesn’t want to fail. It was fun to watch him.”
On top of that, Logan Echler hit a two-run double and Hunter Hamilton drove in two with a single in the frame.
Albring added a run-scoring ground out and Colin Rouleau added a RBI single in the third. The Panthers tacked on another run in the fourth when Travis Dunning smacked a one-out double and Tristan Saeger followed with a single to drive him in.
The offensive outburst was more than enough for Robby Arredondo on the mound. He got out of trouble in the first with three strikeouts, then fanned the side in the second for six punchouts in a row. In four innings of work, Arredondo allowed two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts.
“Robby started out struggling,” Vaughan said of his starter, “but he buckled down and had good innings after the first one. The first four guys got on base, but he buckled down. That’s a sign of a kid growing up a little bit. It was nice to see.”
Delta is back in action Thursday when they host Pettisville at 5 p.m.
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