With both teams saving what they have for the sectional that begins in two days, Wauseon took advantage of Evergreen going deep in its pitching depth to score an 11-1 ACME baseball win Tuesday at Wauseon .
The Indians broke the game open with six runs in the fifth and ended it with four more in the fourth, against the fifth, sixth and seventh hurlers used by the Vikings.
The Vikings went with the committee approach on the mound, and Wauseon took advantage to break a 1-all tie in the bottom of the fifth. It was Mason Henricks’ turn on the mound, and he struggled, issuing walks to the first two batters. The two runners were at second and third for Justus Chapa, who singled in one run.
It only got worse for Henricks, as Xavier Torres and Eric Parker followed with back-to-back doubles for three more runs.
The Vikings made a change on the mound at that point, but it didn’t change their luck as Trevor Rodriguez greeted the new pitcher with a RBI single to left. A strikeout and a pop-up did record the first two outs of the inning, but it didn’t stop the Tribe. Trent Armstrong lifted a single to the grass in left to plate one more run before Wauseon was done.
A single and two walks loaded the bases for Wauseon in the sixth and the Tribe decided to end the game right there. Rodriguez produced two runs when he ripped a single down the third base line, then with the infield coming in, Sean Brock rolled a single back up the middle for a run.
Joey Shema ended the game when he drew a walk with the bases loaded.
After having chances in the first and third frames, Wauseon finally broke through for a run in the bottom of the fourth. Rodriguez reached on an error, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Brock followed with a double that split the outfielders in right-center field for a 1-0 lead.
Evergreen came right back and tied the game with two outs in the top of the fifth. Travis Newcomb drew a leadoff walk – the sixth walk issued to the Vikings at that point in the game – and he moved to second on a bunt. He had no problem scoring from there when Henricks drove a triple over the centerfielders’ head.
Wauseon used four pitchers and held the Vikings to just two hits in the game. Carter Stump worked two innings of middle relief to get the win.
The Indians pounded out 14 hits in the win. Chapa had three singles, scored twice and drove in a run. Brooks Gype, Parker, Rodriguez and Brock all had two hits each. Rodriguez drove in three while Torres and Brock drove in two.
Both teams are set to play in the District 3 West Sectional at Wauseon. Evergreen plays in the first game of the tournament Thursday against Napoleon at 6 p.m. Wauseon plays the winner Friday at 6 p.m.