Looking for its first league title since 2005, the Archbold baseball team erupted for six runs in the second inning and never really looked back as the Blue Streaks captured the outright Northwest Ohio Athletic League title with a 14-4 win at Wauseon Monday afternoon.
“We are very excited to win the NWOAL title,” a happy Archbold coach Dick Selgo said after the win. “Believe me, this a very difficult league to win in baseball. Very difficult. For our guys to run the table is a heck of an achievement. I’m really proud of them.”
Rainy conditions also made it tough on both defenses. The two teams combined to commit nine errors in the contest.
“We’re not fielding it, hitting it or pitching it right now,” Wauseon coach Trent Thomas said after the game. “That’s what happens.”
Trouble early on helped the Streaks take a 6-0 lead in the second inning. After a pitching change, Archbold tagged new Wauseon hurler Justus Chapa for a run in the top of the third for a 7-0 lead.
“I thought it was good to get that kind of a lead,” mentioned Selgo. “I told them (the team) no lead was going to be safe today. We emphasized getting on the scoreboard and keep adding runs.”
While being held to just one hit, the Indians did battle back. Wauseon did score three runs in the fourth and one more in the fifth – all unearned – to close the gap to 8-4 before Archbold made a pitching change.
“We had bases loaded and no outs,” Thomas said of the rally. “We probably should have gotten some more runs.”
Trevor Rupp came out to pitch and got out of trouble, then held the Indians to just one walk over the final two innings while fanning five.
“They did a good job mixing speeds,” the Wauseon coach said of the opposing pitchers. “We just weren’t swinging it real well.”
To put the game away, Archbold tacked on three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to win 14-4.
Every player in the Archbold lineup scored at least once. Gabe Petersen hit a single and a double, scored once and drove in four runs. Bryce Williams added a pair of singles and scored four times. Brandon Miller had a pair of singles and drove in two runs.
Bryson Taylor pitched the first 4 2/3 innings and picked up the win.
“Bryson Taylor is a guy who has been under the radar,” Selgo said of his starting pitcher. “He’s really been coming on strong for us this year. I’m really glad to see him having this kind of success.”
Archbold’s game Tuesday with Tinora was moved to May 16. The Streaks (14-5, 7-0 NWOAL) play Thursday at Anthony Wayne. Wauseon (4-14, 2-5) visits Napoleon Thursday.
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