ARCHBOLD – With the aid of a six-run third inning and some shaky pitching by the Indians, Archbold was able to run away from Wauseon in ACME action on Thursday, defeating them by a final of 12-2 in five innings.
The game was called in the bottom of the fifth inning when with one out and Toby Walker standing on second base, Ben Bucklew’s grounder was fielded with a high throw to first, which allowed Toby Walker to round third and score to put the 10-run rule into effect.
Wauseon opened the contest with a pair of singles from Josh Whitcomb and JJ Kauffman in the top of the first. Then, after a strikeout rang up by Archbold pitcher Lathon Babcock, Wauseon’s Travis Smith flew out to allow Whitcomb to tag and score for the first run of the game.
However, after both squads came up empty in the next two at bats, Archbold responded in the bottom of the second.
Isaac Petersen began with a walk while Derek Walker followed with a single. Sam Petersen would ground out to move the runners up, but Gabe Petersen also grounded out.
But then came the clutch hit, a two-out single from Bryce Williams to push a pair of runs across the plate. This gave the Blue Streaks a lead they did not relinquish for the rest of the game.
They then added to their lead in the home half of the third after Wauseon went down in order.
Toby Walker’s infield single started it off, then a foul out and Seth Mayer’s bloop single. Isaac Petersen reached to load the bases after his shallow fly was misplayed.
It was Derek Walker who pegged the first Blue Streak run of the half inning as he pegged a bases loaded walk to score Toby Walker. Two more bases loaded walks issued to Sam Petersen and Gabe Petersen made it 5-1, Streaks.
A line out by Williams was the second out. A wild pitch during Kaiden Bedsole’s at bat scored Derek Walker. Bedsole’s RBI single plated Sam Petersen to make it 7-1, then a swipe of home by Gabe Peterson pushed it to 8-1.
Wauseon got a run back in the fourth as Kauffman led off with a single. Carter Bzovi walked and while Kauffman was caught trying to take third after he had already stole second, Smith drilled a single deep enough to bring around Bzovi from first to cut their deficit at 8-2.
However, Archbold extended the lead again with four runs over the next two innings to close out the game. In the bottom of the fourth, Sam Petersen drilled an RBI double to score Mayer and Derek Walker, then he came home on a passed ball later in the inning.
Despite the loss for Wauseon, the Indians competed in the Defiance Crack the Bat tournament on Friday where they defeated Lima Shawnee 7-4. They would forfeit their games on Saturday as a result of not having enough players present.