Wauseon’s journey through the consolation bracket of the ACME sectional baseball tournament fell one game short of a return trip to the district as the Indians fell to Napoleon 3-1 Sunday.
It was the second time during the weekend the Wildcats had an answer for the Tribe. Napoleon moved Wauseon down into the consolation round with a 5-1 decision in the semifinal Saturday.
Napoleon took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first after two outs had been recorded. A flyout and strikeout created two outs after a single and walk, and Austin Eash took advantage with a single over the second basemen’s head that plated two runs.
The Cats tacked on one more in the third when Dylan Unverferth scored on a Caleb Franz groundout.
Wauseon, meanwhile, could not string anything together. Twice, they put a baserunner on with two outs, plus they had another one thrown out on a stolen base on a ball four in the first four innings. Finally, they strung something together batting in the top of the sixth.
Justus Chapa got things started with a one-out single. Brooks Gype followed with a double, but Chapa had to hold up and stopped at third on the play. CJ Moser lifted a fly ball deep enough to centerfield to allow Chapa to score, but that would be it for the inning.
In the seventh, Napoleon starting pitcher Jacob Smith began to run out of gas and walked three batters between two strikeouts. The Cats went with Unverferth to close things out and he got a quick groundout to end the game.
Gype went six innings on the mound for Wauseon and took the loss. He allowed the three runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Gype also went 2-3 with a double at the plate.
The Indians played their way into the final game thanks to a 13-4 win over Evergreen earlier in the day Sunday. The Tribe broke a 4-all tie with three runs in the fifth and broke it open with six runs in the sixth.
Moser had the big hit in the fifth, driving a two-run double to right. He scored the final run of the inning on an error.
Three walks in the seventh set up Gype, who hit a two-run single. Xavier Torres and Trent Armstong both drove in runs with hits and Sean Brock delivered one final blow with a two-run single.
Wauseon committed three errors in the top of the first and it allowed Evergreen to take a 3-0 lead. Sam Lubinski drove in Josh Dowling on an infield hit, and John Ruth and Lubinski both scored on errors.
The Indians answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame. Four batters in a row plated a run as Gype singled in a run, Moser lifted a sac fly, Torres doubled in a run and Armstrong had a run come in on his ground ball to first base.
Evergreen wasted no time tying the game in the top of the second. Dowling walked, went to third on a single by Ruth, and scored on a ball where Zach Lumbrezer reached base.
Chapa had two hits and scored three runs for Wauseon. Gype scored twice and drove in three. Moser also had three RBIs. Torres had a double and a single, scored twice and drove in three.
Armstrong and Parker both drove in two runs as Wauseon finished with 10 hits in the game.
Panthers, Vikings compete in Wauseon Sectional
Delta opened the ACME sectional tournament by easing past Liberty Center 7-1 Saturday.
The Panthers took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first when Tristan Seager hit a single – the third straight in the inning – for two runs. Travis Dunning tacked on one more run when his hit back up the middle went between the second baseman and shortstop near the bag at second base.
Errors led to two more runs in the fifth, plus an error and a groundout by Arredondo produced runs for the Panthers in the seventh.
The offense was more than enough for Gabe Freeman on the mound. Freeman allowed two hits in six innings with one walk and 10 strikeouts. He struck out the side in the second and got a double play to help after a leadoff single in the fifth.
The double play was nothing compared to how the game ended in the seventh. The Tigers did get a run in, but with the bases loaded, a triple play ended the game. A lineout to Cole Mattin at second started the play, then Mattin stepped on the bag at second and quickly threw to first to double off a pair of runners.
Freeman, Jason Beverly and Seager all had two hits in the game. Beverly had a double and Freeman a triple.
For Evergreen, their win against Liberty Center Saturday was a different look as they were overmatched by Napoleon 13-1 to start the tournament on Thursday. The Vikings gave up three runs in the first, four in the second, one in the third and five in the seventh in the loss.
Down 3-0 before getting a chance to bat, the Vikings did pick up a run in the bottom of the first. Mason Henricks drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a passed ball, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a sac fly by John Ruth.
The Vikings managed just four hits in the loss. Henricks had a double and a single for half the offensive output. His double started the third, but after a walk to put two runners on, Napoleon got out of trouble.