2018-07-11 / Sports

Junior Acme Punches Ticket To State


Brandon Taylor hits a sacrifice bunt in the third inning.– photo by Mary Huber Brandon Taylor hits a sacrifice bunt in the third inning.– photo by Mary Huber Down 5-2 going into the seventh inning, Archbold scored five runs on two hits in the top of the seventh to defeat Wauseon 7-5, Friday, July 6, at Archbold, and win the District 2 Junior Acme baseball district championship.

Earlier in district action, the Streaks beat Montpelier 6-4, Delta 10-0, and Bryan 11-1 in five innings, Monday, July 2, to advance to the championship game in the double-elimination district tournament.

State

The Streaks (20-1) advance to the state tournament for the sixth straight year.

They won the state title in 2015, were runners-up in 2017, 2014, and 2013, and semifinalists in 2016.

Archbold is scheduled to play Tinora, the District 1 champion, Sunday, July 15, 12:30 pm, at Elida. The Rams gave Archbold its only loss this season, an 11-6 defeat on June 18.


Second baseman DJ Newman slides to make the play.– photo by Mary Huber Second baseman DJ Newman slides to make the play.– photo by Mary Huber Coldwater plays Elida Sunday at 10 am.

The two winners advance to the state semifinals, Monday, July 16, 3:30 pm.

In the other half of the tournament, the District 5 winner plays Anthony Wayne, Sunday, 3 pm, and Parkway plays Bellefontaine at 5:30 pm. The winners play in a state semifinal, Monday, July 16, 6 pm.

The state championship game is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17, 6 pm.

District Finals

Archbold 7, Wauseon 5

The bottom of the first inning gave Archbold a scare when Kolton DeGroff, Wauseon’s first batter, hit a line drive right back at Blue Streak pitcher Ethan Hagans.

After a brief delay, Hagans was able to walk to the dugout. He was replaced on the mound by Jaybe Burkle.


Third baseman Kobe Kennedy fires the ball to first base for an out in the fourth inning.– photo by Mary Huber Third baseman Kobe Kennedy fires the ball to first base for an out in the fourth inning.– photo by Mary Huber Hagans’ “got a good old bruise. He’s got a big old baseball– you can see the seams and everything right underneath his belt, right where his ribs are,” said Josh Johnson, Archbold coach.

“We’ve got a little while (until the first round of the state tournament), so hopefully by then we can heal him up and he’ll be ready to go for state.”

Wauseon grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Easton Delgado’s hit went off of second baseman DJ Newman’s glove, bringing home De- Groff.

Archbold came back in the third inning with two runs. Newman walked and then stole second.

Brandon Taylor bunted successfully to make it to first.

With Josh Nofzinger at the plate, Newman stole third and Taylor stole second. Nofzinger hit a grounder up the middle, scoring Newman and Taylor for a 2-1 lead.

The Indians tied the score at 2 in the fourth when Cam Cantu’s sacrifice fly to left field scored Cooper Lane.

Wauseon went on top 3- 2 in the fifth when DeGroff hit a double to left field, then stole third and scored on an Archbold error.

Things looked bleak for Archbold fans when the Indians scored twice in the bottom of the sixth for a 5-2 lead.

Cantu crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Evaan Dominique, followed by Maddux Chamberlin scoring on a fly ball to left field by Sam Krasula.

The Blue Streaks went into the seventh with a three-run deficit.

“We’ve got four juniors (Hagans, Noah Garcia, Adam Walker, Noah Hogrefe), so we’re an older class,” said Johnson.

“One of those things I told them all game long that this isn’t who we are, that we’re better than this, and after a while they don’t want to hear it from a coach.

“The one thing I’m appreciative of is our juniors stepping up and taking a lead and telling them let’s go, we’re better than this, and they actually did it.”

Five-Run Seventh

Burkle and N. Hogrefe both walked to start the top of the seventh. After a Wauseon pitching change to Chamberlin, Newman was also walked, loading the bases.

Taylor stepped up to the plate, and was Archbold’s fourth straight batter to be walked, scoring Burkle.

Still with the bases loaded, Nofzinger hit a single up the middle to score N. Hogrefe to close the gap to 5-4 with no outs.

After Kobe Kennedy struck out, Caleb Hogrefe hit a single to right field. A Wauseon error allowed Newman and Taylor to score, giving Archbold a 6-5 lead.

A balk by Chamberlin brought Nofzinger home from third for a 7-5 advantage going into the bottom of the seventh.

Garcia relieved Burkle on the mound, and three straight outs later the Streaks were declared district champions.

“They came out in the seventh inning and played the way we normally play,” said Johnson.

“Obviously it took a little bit longer than I wanted it to, but all in all, I think that’s the team we are. We’re a fighting team. We don’t give up.

“We’re a team that will battle till the end, and proved it today.”

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