Archbold baseball has been on a roll following a deep tournament run last spring and an ACME state championship in the summer. Despite some key losses from last spring, the Streaks should compete near the top of the Northwest Ohio Athletic League.
“Our guys are very excited about the season,” said coach Dick Selgo. “Getting beat by one run in the regional finals last year has left them hungry for more.
Archbold, who has averaged 20 wins a year over the last four seasons, fell to Clear Fork 4-3.
Selgo returns eight letter winners, but will have just two seniors on the roster. Each earned all-league honors last season, led by center fielder Toby Walker, who was first team All-NWOAL. He hit .426 on the season with 16 stolen bases.
Ian Radabaugh (1B/P) is the other senior for Archbold. He was honorable mention all-league after hitting .299 with 23 RBIs. Junior second baseman Bryce Williams was also honorable mention all-league with a .333 batting average and 19 RBIs. Trevor Rupp (P/3B) returns after compiling a 4-0 record and 1.13 ERA as a sophomore.
Also back are junior left fielder Nic Rodriguez, junior pitcher Brandon Miller, sophomore right fielder Corey Erbskorn, and sophomore catcher Travis Ziegler.
Younger players will have to step up to fill the void created by the loss of four letter winners from 2016. All-NWOAL first teamers Lathon Babcock and Ben Bucklew, second teamer Derek Walker, and Seth Meyer are gone.
“We lost some outstanding players from last year,” said Selgo. “Those will be big shoes to fill. This will be a young team with only two seniors. We will need a lot of contributions from the underclassmen.”
Promising newcomers for the Streaks include Gabe Petersen (C), Sam Petersen (P), Bryson Taylor, Jeron Williams (SS) and Rigo Ramos (P).
Selgo feels his team should be very solid defensively at every position.
It would not be a surprise if the Streaks found their way into the league title race.
“Bryan is usually in the race for the league title, and I don’t see any reason why they won’t be again until someone proves otherwise,” Selgo said. “Wauseon has also been a contender for a number of years, and we strive to be in that race also.”
Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010