Wauseon’s Brady Rupp had a stellar outing on the mound in which he allowed just four hits and walked no one, while the offense collected 10 hits to defeat Fairview in five innings, 10-0, Tuesday evening.
“Pretty disciplined at the plate,” said Wauseon coach Trent Thomas. “When you are facing a guy (Fairview’s Riley Cooper) that doesn’t throw real hard, sometimes that gives us problems because we are used to hitting fastballs. So I thought (the) overall approach (from batters) 1 through 9 was pretty good today.”
The Indians took advantage of a hit by pitch and stolen base by Josh Whitcomb in the bottom of the first inning, taking a 1-0 lead after Carter Bzovi’s single brought him home.
They added another in the home half of the second with Franklin Peralta’s two-out RBI-single that scored Travis Smith to make it 2-0 after two.
Peralta finished 2 for 2 with a pair of RBIs and also added a walk.
“He doesn’t understand English very well but he is learning. He understands baseball,” stated Thomas of Peralta. “Up and down the lineup I thought we had good at bats.”
Rupp continued to throw strikes and get hitters out, recording three fly ball outs in the top of the third to set the Apaches down in order. He then stranded a leadoff double by Fairview senior Kody King in the fourth.
“Brady was really good on the mound again. That is his second straight good start,” said Thomas. “He is gonna do that for us all year, and hopefully, we can continue with the great pitching.
“He had a command of his fastball. Sometimes he gets in love with his offspeed and throws it too much, and doesn’t throw it enough for a strike. But when he can throw his fastball for strikes, and then his offspeed is really good. People swing and miss.”
A bloop single by Smith, JJ Kauffman’s single, a sacrifice bunt from Brooks Gype, and Peralta’s single made it 3-0 in the fourth. Whitcomb followed with a blooper to right that plated Kauffman, and after a walk and a strikeout, Rupp drilled a single for a pair of runs and the Wauseon lead was 6-0.
Fairview got a pair of two-out hits from Alex Jackson and Matthew Kozumplik in the top of the fifth. However, that would be all, as Rupp drew a fly out to center from Luke Breininger to end the threat.
A bases loaded balk issued to the Fairview pitcher scored Smith, making it 7-0 with two gone in the next half inning for the Indians. Brady Kinnersley added a two-run single and Jac Flory was walked with the bases loaded for the game-ending runs.
Kinnersley was 1 for 3 on the night with two RBIs and a walk. Rupp finished 1 for 2 with two walks and a pair of RBIs.
Kauffman, who was in his first game back while recovering from injuries he suffered during the football season, had a hit in three at bats.
“Just trying to get him some swings because he hasn’t been out that often because of that injury,” said Thomas of his senior leader. “It was good to see him back on the field to be honest with you.”
Wauseon is back in action Thursday when they travel to Archbold for an NWOAL battle.
Max Householder can be reached at 419-335-2010