Wauseon grabbed the first lead of the game but Napoleon’s four-run top of the fourth inning proved to be the difference in a 5-2 victory for the Wildcats in ACME baseball Thursday in Wauseon.
Jude Armstrong led off with a walk in the home half of the first inning, eventually coming around to score. He stole second, then later third, coming home when the throw to third was off-target.
For Napoleon, Luke Hardy reached on a drop in right field in the second inning. However, back-to-back force outs to second base followed. Bryce Martinez then reached on a walk for the Wildcats putting runners at the corners, and a base hit from Bryce Bostelman scored Blake Buehrer to tie the game at 1-1.
The visitors from Henry County broke it open in their half of the fourth.
Lucas Gerken smacked a double to left center to lead off the frame. It appeared the Indians would be able to get the lead runner when Hardy hit into a force to third, however, the ball was dropped and everyone was safe.
Jacob Shadle’s RBI single broke the tie. He later scored on a wild pitch for a 3-1 Wildcat advantage.
A groundout hit by Martinez plated Buehrer, then after Bostelman’s double, Devin Dietrich’s run-scoring single scored another run to bump the margin to 5-1.
Wauseon avoided further damage from there. Tate Wyse took over for Keaton Hartsock on the mound over the final three innings, holding the Napoleon offense in check.
However, the Indians could muster just one more run — coming in the bottom of the sixth.
Eli Delgado’s one-out double to left started the charge. He advanced to third on a balk call, scoring on Kaden Clymer’s sac fly to center.
In the bottom of the seventh, Wauseon threatened as Hartsock led off with a single. However, the effort was halted by way of a double play and groundout.
This week for the Wauseon ACME team, after hosting Patrick Henry Monday, they visit Pettisville Tuesday and Holgate on Thursday.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010.