PERRYSBURG – The Wauseon ACME baseball team jumped out to an early lead and held off a late flurry from Sandusky for a 6-2 win in the opening round of the consolation bracket in the District III ACME district tournament Saturday at Perrysburg’s Leyland Field.
“We told the guys that this is a very winnable game,” said Wauseon ACME coach Collin Bzovi. “And we came in with the approach that our season’s on the line. We just came out and did what we needed to do.”
The Indians were defeated by Perrysburg in their first game of the tournament Friday, then dropped another to the Yellow Jackets later in the day Saturday to eliminate them from the tournament.
Against Sandusky, the Indians got on the board right away in the top of the first. Following a leadoff single from Carter Bzovi, Justus Chapa’s sacrifice bunt moved him to second where he later came home on a CJ Moser single with two outs.
They then were able to manufacture some runs in the top of the second to increase their early lead.
Trevor Rodriguez led off the inning with a walk, then after a strike out, he advanced to second on a wild pitch. Zach Stipp walked, then an Eric Parker bunt moved both runners into scoring position. Wauseon made it 3-0 as Carter Bzovi singled deep enough to score both runs.
“That was a big part of the game right there,” said the Indians’ coach. “A great bunt – a great team effort. (It) advanced the runners and then he (Bzovi) put it in play hard.”
Sandusky’s best opportunity to dent the scoreboard in the early innings came in the home half of the fourth. Gavin Craig got them going with a one-out single, Brent Hanson also singled, and both runners moved up on a wild pitch.
However, Wauseon pitcher Carter Bzovi struck out Chance Moore, then got Andrew Gerold to ground out to end the threat.
The Indians responded by adding three runs in the next half inning.
With the bases full and zero outs, Rodriguez reached on an error by Sandusky pitcher Shaun Blevins to score Marcel Barajas. A fielder’s choice hit by Wauseon’s Tony Banister allowed Moser to score to put the margin at 5-0. Then, Stipp also reached on an error, scoring Gype to make it 6-0.
However, Sandusky would cut into the lead in the bottom of the fifth.
Their first two batters reached as Laphonze Phillips blooped a single and Donovan Morris walked. A passed ball advanced both Phillips and Harris into scoring position, then Bzovi struck out Nathan Delk.
However, Koree Hodgkinson grounded out to bring in Phillips, which sliced the margin to 6-1.
The Blue Streaks added a run on Hanson’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth, and also loaded the bases with a chance to tie in the seventh.
Phillips started the inning by reaching on an error, Morris followed with a single, and Delk was hit by a pitch which loaded the bases with nobody out.
Carter Bzovi, who was still on the mound for the Indians, then struck out both Hodgkinson and Blevins, and got Craig to hit a ground ball that got Delk out at second.
“That was just senior leadership right there between our pitcher and our catcher,” said coach Bzovi of Carter on the mound and Moser behind the plate.
Bzovi got the win after tossing a complete game, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out eight. Blevins took the loss for the Streaks.
Perrysburg would beat Anthony Wayne in a pair of contests on Sunday to win the district.
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