After getting out to a slow start, Archbold notched four runs in the third, one in the fourth, and eight more in the fifth to defeat Delta 13-0 in five innings Thursday in NWOAL baseball.
The Blue Streaks made good on six Panther errors in the contest.
“I was worried about scoring runs today with the thick grass and the wind blowing in for the most part,” said Archbold skipper Dick Selgo. “The first couple innings didn’t go well, and then we started putting the ball in play. If you put it in play on this field you’ve got a chance because you don’t always get true hops. That played big for us.”
“We didn’t get it done in any aspect of the game,” said Delta coach Damon Mattimore. “They just took it to us.”
Delta had chances to put runs on the board in the bottom of the first and second innings, but Archbold pitcher Bryson Taylor stayed out of trouble on each occasion.
In the first Jason Beverly reached on a fielder’s choice following a Gabe Freeman walk, Taylor struck out the next batter, and Justin Anderson singled to put runners on first and second. However, Cole Mattin then put a ball on the ground, allowing the Blue Streak infield to get the out at second ending the inning.
Chris Brick’s bunt which did not advance the runner but put him on first, and a base on balls to Tristen Saeger gave the Panthers a scoring chance with one down in the home half of the second.
The Streaks would catch Brick hanging too far from the bag for the second out, then Taylor fanned Delta’s Travis Barnes to end the threat.
“Tremendous effort by Bryson Taylor,” said Selgo. “He just keeps getting better and better. He keeps working at it. Keeps waiting for his turn. And now his turn has come.”
A Toby Walker ground out advanced Trevor Rupp and Nic Rodriguez into scoring position for Archbold in the top of the third, however, it was the second out of the frame. But, Kade Kern then drew a walk to load the bases, followed by a single from Bryce Williams that pushed two runs across the plate for a 2-0 Blue Streak advantage.
An RBI single by Gabe Petersen scored Kern, and Ian Radabaugh reached on an error to plate Williams as the Archbold lead was increased to 4-0.
Archbold’s Mitch Grosjean was hit by a pitch to begin the top of the fourth and it came back to bite the Panthers. With the help of a Rupp sacrifice bunt, Grosjean rode home on a Rodriguez single, making it 5-0.
Delta starter Travis Dunning was removed from the game to begin the fifth as a result of the new OHSAA pitch count rule. The Streaks took advantage of the change.
Their first two batters reached thanks to Panther errors, then a Radabaugh base hit loaded the bases. The Panther defense looked to avoid damage after turning a 4-2-3 double play, but another miscue plated a pair to put the score at 7-0.
Archbold got run scoring hits from Rodriguez and Rigo Ramos, and also added RBIs by way of bases loaded walks issued to Williams and pinch hitter Holden Galvan. In total, they tallied eight runs on five hits in the inning.
Taylor stranded a leadoff walk in the next half inning, ending the game via the OHSAA run rule.
“He put the ball where it needed to be. He had good velocity,” said Mattimore of Taylor. “(We) probably had three, four quality at-bats against him. But, when they are rolling like that and we’re kicking the ball around. I mean, it’s hard in high school baseball to even compete with that.”
Taylor allowed just three hits and struck out four in getting the win for Archbold. Dunning took the loss.
Rodriguez (2 for 2) led the Streaks with three RBIs.
Delta scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to counter three from Wauseon in the top of the inning to outlast the Indians 4-3 in NWOAL play Friday.
Mattin, Anderson and Brick collected RBIs for the Panthers. Wauseon’s Justus Chapa went 1 for 3 with a pair of RBIs.
Freeman got the win on the mound, going five innings, allowing three runs on three hits with seven strikeouts. Brooks Gype took the loss for the Indians.
Also on Friday, Archbold picked up an 8-0 win at Evergreen.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010