HAMLER – Led by two solid performances on the mound by Rigo Ramos and Trevor Rupp, Archbold whitewashed two opponents – Miller City and Ottawa-Glandorf – to reach the championship game of the ACME District 2 baseball tournament at Patrick Henry.
Ramos held Miller City in check, limiting the Wildcats to one hit over six innings in a 5-0 win. In the finale Saturday, Archbold broke the game open with six runs in the sixth inning and the Streaks got out of a couple jams in a 12-0 decision.
“That first game sets the tone for the entire tournament,” Archbold coach Kirk Weldy said. “We got a good win against a great team like Miller City and that gives us a lot of momentum.
“You can’t ask for much more (pitching),” added Weldy. “Rigo Ramos threw strikes and threw well. Trevor, we lean on both those guys all summer. They’ve done the job.”
Back in the first game, Archbold had a chance to score in the first, but a foul pop-up and fly out ended a threat with runners on second and third. Finally, in the bottom of the third, their luck had changed. An error and two singles produced a run, then after two outs had been recorded, Kade Kern delivered a two-run single through the left side to open up a 3-0 lead for the Streaks.
Gabe Petersen drove in Nic Rodriguez and Petersen scored on an error in the fifth to tack on the two final runs of the game.
It was more than enough for Ramos, who allowed just a single in the fourth. He had five strikeouts, plus TJ Rice came on in the seventh and struck out three.
Rodriguez had three singles and scored twice for the Streaks. Jeron Williams added a pair of singles with a RBI.
After watching Ottawa-Glandorf rally to beat Tinora, the Streaks used a double play to get out of early trouble and finished with a 12-0 win in six innings.
Archbold took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a tough single by Petersen, and it appeared the Titans would match the run in the bottom of the inning. Two walks and a wild pitch put runners on first and third with one out, but a roller to Williams at shortstop turned into an inning-ending double play.
“That double play got us out of a huge bind,” stated Weldy. “That was a turning point for us. We got a lot of energy off that.”
From there, it was all Streaks. Peterson added a RBI single in the third, plus he started a two-run rally in the fifth with a hit. Five-straight walks got Archbold going in the sixth. After the walks, Travis Ziegler stepped in and delivered a pitch-hit single, Mitch Grosjean lifted a sac fly for a run and Bryson Taylor added a run-scoring single.
“Tournament baseball is a funny sport,” Weldy said about finally getting some runs late in the game. “One big hit and it’s a whole different ballgame. We knew that Ottawa-Glandorf would stick around if we let them.”
A wild pitch and error also led to runs crossing the plate in the frame for the Streaks.
Petersen went 3 for 3 to lead the 13-hit Archbold attack. Rodriguez added a pair of singles and an RBI with two runs scored.
Rupp went the distance in getting the win. He allowed four hits and three walks with eight strikeouts.
The Streaks earned a day off with the win and will play Ottawa-Glandorf in the championship Tuesday at Patrick Henry. It was originally scheduled for Monday but rain forced it to be moved back a day. Look for results from that contest online and in Thursday’s edition of the Expositor.