Archbold and Wauseon entered their Northwest Ohio Athletic League baseball contest, Thursday, May 2, with identical 6-0 league records.
The Indians (14-3), ranked sixth in Division II by the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association, assured themselves of at least a share of the league title with a 4-2 defeat of the Blue Streaks.
Earlier in the week, Archbold defeated Montpelier in a league contest and recorded two non-league wins to raise its record to 16-3, 6-1 NWOAL.
AHS 5, Ottawa Hills 3
The Streaks traveled to Ottawa Hills, Saturday, May 4, for a non-league game.
The Green Bears were ranked 19th in Division IV by the OHSBCA.
Archbold opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning. Both teams scored twice in the fourth, and the Green Bears tied the score at 3 with a run in the sixth.
AHS crossed the plate twice in the top of the eighth to win 5-3.
“Taylor Price pitched 5 1/3 strong innings before Michael Walker came on in relief to shut down the Green Bears,” said Dick Selgo, AHS head coach.
Walker (6-0) recorded the win. In 2 2/3 innings he gave up no runs on one hit, struck out three and walked one.
At the plate, the Streaks totaled seven hits. Zach Short and Jase Grosjean had two singles each, while Emerson Radabaugh and Tyson Schnitkey each had one.
Short, Radabaugh, and Schnitkey each had a runbatted in.
Wauseon 4, AHS 2
After two scoreless innings at Wauseon, Thursday, May 2, the Streaks scored first, taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the third as Micah Bernath hit a two-run single.
The Indians, behind power hitter Ty Suntken, knotted the score with one swing of the bat as he blasted a tworun homer in the bottom of the inning.
Wauseon took the lead in the fourth on a Dugan Shadbolt RBI double.
In the fifth, the Streaks walked Suntken. A wild throw advanced the Indian to second base.
Josh Cales, the second half of Wauseon’s double threat at the plate, hit a line drive to center field that sent Suntken home, giving Wauseon a 4-2 lead that held.
The Streaks scattered four hits, while Wauseon had six.
Schnitkey (3-2) suffered the loss, giving up four runs on six hits, seven strikeouts, and five walks.
AHS 13, Stryker 9
Archbold traveled to Stryker (3-7), Wednesday May 1, to finish a game that was suspended due to weather, Tuesday, April 23.
After eight wild innings, AHS snuck out with a 13-9 non-league win.
The Streaks led 3-0 after the top half of the first inning, but the Panthers came roaring back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.
Archbold scored one in the second to knot the score at 4, but Stryker crossed the plate twice for a 6-4 lead.
Both teams scored two runs in the fifth for an 8-6 Panther lead.
The Streaks tied the score at 8 with two runs in the sixth and crossed the plate five times in the eighth.
The Panthers weren’t able to rally from the 13-8 deficit, scoring just once for the 13-9 final.
Bernath (1-0) picked up the win. In 3 2/3 innings he gave up one run on two hits, struck out six, and walked one.
At the plate he had two singles and two RBIs.
AHS 10, Montpelier 1
Archbold traveled to Montpelier, Monday April 29, and picked up a 10-1 NWOAL win.
The Streaks recorded 15 hits, with Jacob Wagner smacking three singles with one RBI; Zach Zimmerman, a double, single, and two RBIs; Walker, two singles, two RBIs; and Price, two singles.
Walker picked up the win, pitching a complete game and giving up one run on two hits, striking out 10, and walking one in seven innings.