PETTISVILLE – With two young teams on the field, mistakes were going to play a part of the final outcome. Fortunately for Wauseon, the miscues went in its favor as the Indians came away with a 3-1 win at Pettisville Tuesday in ACME baseball action.
Single runs tallied in the third, fourth and seventh innings were enough for the Tribe. In the third, Trent Armstrong hit a leadoff single, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. He moved to third on a heads-up play on a fly ball by Carter Stump and scored on another wild pitch for a 1-0 lead.
The Indians used another smart baserunning move to have another player in position to score in the fourth. Justus Chapa was hit by a pitch to start the frame, then swiped second. Xavier Torres followed with a ground ball to the left side of the infield, and Chapa waited for the throw to go to first before taking third. Chapa was at third when Everett Bueter beat out an infield single back to the mound for a 2-0 Wauseon lead.
The Tribe tacked on one more in the top of the seventh when Levi Krasula reached on a two-out single and scored on an error.
Wauseon’s pitching and defense made sure the three runs were enough. Chapa worked the first four innings on the mound and allowed just one hit with two walks and five strikeouts. Stump worked two innings before turning the work over to CJ Moser.
The Blackbirds did scratch out a run in the seventh off the will-be senior. Austin Horning drew a leadoff walk, and was at third base with two out when Jake King blooped a single over the second baseman’s head to plate the run.
Five players for Wauseon all had one hit each. Pettisville was held to just two hits.
Aaron Rupp took the tough-luck loss for Pettisville.