Playing for the first time since April 27, Archbold looked good at the plate and Rigo Ramos pitched six innings of dominate baseball as the Streaks captured the Northwest Ohio Athletic League baseball crown with an 8-0 win at home Monday against Liberty Center.
“Number one, I’m pleased and happy just to be able to play again, which it looked like we were never going to do,” Archbold coach Dick Selgo said after the win. “I’m very happy for these guys to win the NWOAL championship. It’s a very prestigious league and a very tough league to win. These guys accepted the challenge and came out and have run the table up to this point.”
The Streaks gave Ramos all the runs he needed with a single run in the bottom of the first, then added to it with three in the third and four in the fourth to put the game away.
Ahead 4-0, Archbold’s four runs in the bottom of the fourth came after the first two batters in the inning were erased on a double play.
Cory Erbskorn doubled in Kade Kern in the first for the initial run of the game. Erbskorn was also involved in the outburst in the third, doubling in another run and later scoring on an error.
“Cory has come up with so many two-out hits this year to drive in runs,” stated the Archbold coach. “He’s been tremendous, but it’s not just him. We’ve got guys batting ninth who are hitting .330. It’s a real good problem to have right now.”
Kern, who singled in Jeron Williams in the third, drove in two of the four runs in the fourth with a single.
The outburst at the plate was more than enough for Ramos. The senior hurler fanned the first six batters – and eight of the first nine – in a masterful performance. In his six innings of work, Ramos limited the Tigers to four hits and a walk with 11 punchouts.
“He was dominate early on,” Selgo said of his starting pitcher. “Then I thought he ran out of gas a little bit.”
Aiden Warncke came on to close out the game.
“We pulled him (Ramos) for two reasons,” explained Selgo. “One, he’s going to come back Friday against Toledo Central Catholic. Number two, we wanted Aiden Warncke, who is another key part of this team on the pitching staff, to get an inning of work in on senior night.”
Erbskorn finished with two doubles and a single and drove in a pair of runs. Williams and Kern added a pair of hits each.
Archbold followed the Monday game with a Tuesday matchup at Defiance where two runs in the top of the seventh helped the Streaks leave with a 4-3 victory over the Bulldogs.
Holden Galvan drove in Ramos with a base hit to tie the game in the top of the seventh. Later on, with the bases loaded, Williams was able to cross the plate when a pickoff attempt at first ended up down the right-field line.
Williams also came on in relief to get the win on the mound. He led the offense with a pair of singles and scored a pair of runs.
Archbold (17-2) continues its busy week with a game Wednesday at Delta, Thursday at home with Ottawa-Glandorf, Friday at Toledo Central Catholic and Saturday at Edon.
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