ARCHBOLD – The Archbold Blue Streaks scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning in support of a brilliant pitching performance by Sam Petersen and went on to defeat Ayersville, 6-0, in ACME baseball action on Friday night. Both teams entered the contest sporting 8-1 records but the visiting Pilots were unable to muster any real offense against Petersen as the Archbold ace allowed just one hit and one walk in hurling the complete game shutout.
After a scoreless first inning the Streaks managed to get on the board first in the bottom of the second. Derek Walker reached on an error by the third baseman, was sacrificed to second by Isaac Petersen and came home on a hard grounder to left by Ian Radabaugh. Back-to-back strikeouts by Ayersville’s starting pitcher Jacob Collie ended the inning but, as it turned out, Archbold had all the scoring they would need to pull off the win.
The Streak rally in the bottom of the third started when Bryce Williams singled and continued on to second after a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt by Kaiden Bedsole. Another error and a single by Benny Bucklew loaded the bases for Seth Mayer who promptly drove a fastball over the head of the center fielder, scoring two.
Walker drew a base on balls and Radabaugh singled for his second RBI of the game and the Streaks were quickly on top 4-0. Archbold tacked on two more runs before the inning was over and took a 6-0 advantage into the fourth.
By this point in the game Sam Petersen was virtually untouchable. He set the Pilots down in order for the third consecutive inning, a streak of 10 straight batters. Archbold also did not generate any offense over the next three innings and the game ended with a 6-0 Blue Streak victory.
“It’s a good team,” said Archbold coach Ben Bucklew assessing his now 9-1 squad. “A lot of baseball players that really enjoy the game of baseball. It makes coaching easy.”
Radabaugh led the Blue Streak offense with two hits and two RBIs and Mayer had two RBIS as well. Sam Petersen picked up the win, allowing only three Pilots to reach base while striking out six. Despite surrendering just five hits, only one for extra bases, Collie took the loss for Ayersville.
The Streaks have just five games remaining on their schedule before they begin the state tournament.