The Wauseon ACME baseball team scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning at home against Swanton on Tuesday. The Indians never looked back while on their way to the 8-1 victory.
The key to the Indians success, however, was pitching. They were led by starter Brooks Gype, who allowed a run on three Swanton hits and struck out seven in getting the win.
“I thought Gype did a nice job of throwing strikes. Especially with the lead,” said Wauseon coach Doug Rupp. “Throwing strikes was the key tonight.”
Gype paved the way in the top of the first by striking out a pair of Bulldogs and picking up a ground out around a Johnny Shanks walk. The offense continued that momentum as Josh Whitcomb walked, Travis Smith was hit by a pitch and Carter Bzovi singled in Whitcomb to begin the home half of the first.
A fielder’s choice for Brady Rupp got Smith out at third. Jacob Raabe was hit by a pitch to reload the bases.
Jac Flory cashed in with an RBI single to score Bzovi to make it 2-0. It was Flory’s first of three RBIs in the contest.
“He hit the ball hard,” said Doug Rupp of Flory. “And again, we are seeing that slow pitching that we are still kind of out on our front foot on. Even some of them that we had base hits (on), they weren’t really quality base hits. But they got the job done.”
After Swanton pitcher Noah Johnston caught Gype looking at strike three, Moser drilled a single to score a pair of runs but was thrown out at second to end the inning.
The Bulldog offense got on the scoreboard in the top of the second, starting with Josh Adcock who walked. Following a Swanton strikeout, Zach Bloom reached on a fielder’s choice in which the Indians elected to get Adcock at second.
The run scored when Greg Wilson made it to second on a throwing error by the Wauseon shortstop, scoring Bloom from first to trim the Wauseon lead at 4-1.
Wauseon, however, got back the run in the bottom of the second when, with two outs, Whitcomb singled to left and Smith’s hard hit single into the gap made it 5-1.
The Indians also scored in the bottom of the third with the help of Raabe being hit by pitch with one out. Raabe stole second, then Flory picked up another RBI with a double to right.
Swanton threatened with two outs in the fourth with back-to-back singles by Adcock and Hunter Schad put a runner in scoring position. However, Bloom hit into a fielder’s choice and Schad was tagged out to end the threat.
The Bulldog offense also got it going in the top of the fifth when Duane Goings drilled a one-out triple to right center field. An out later Nyler walked to place runners on the corners, but Nyler was later caught trying to take second which ended the threat.
Wauseon got RBIs from Raabe and Flory in the home half of the fifth to equal the game’s final tally of 8-1. Whitcomb closed Swanton on offense in their final two at bats, only allowing a single to Adcock and a walk to Hunter Mix.
Wauseon travels to Delta Thursday for a match-up that will begin at 6 p.m.