Down 2-1, Lake scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning on its way to a 6-4 victory over Archbold in the Division III district baseball final, Saturday, May 24, at Defiance.
“We had plenty of chances,” said Dick Selgo, AHS head coach.
“We only had one less hit than Lake (Lake had nine, Archbold had eight), but they put their hits together, and we weren’t able to do that.”
Chan Wyse’s single up the middle brought Micah Bernath home for the game’s first run in the top of the first inning.
Lake (26-3) tied the score in the bottom of the inning as Connor Bowen’s base hit to right field scored Adam Duncan from second.
In the fourth, Evan Wyse doubled to left field and was brought home with another double to left field from Ben Bucklew, giving AHS a 2-1 advantage.
Lake’s five runs in the bottom of the inning gave the Flyers a 6-2 lead, but the Streaks weren’t done yet.
After Matt Sevey had a base hit and Bernath doubled, sending Sevey to third, Tyson Schnitkey singled to right field, scoring Sevey and tightening the deficit to 6-3 in the fifth.
Archbold scored its final run in the sixth. Jacob Wagner and Jeff Sparks both walked, and Grosjean was hit by a pitch.
With the bases loaded, Sevey hit a grounder to third, but a wide throw home allowed Wagner to score.
With the bases still loaded and one out, Lake used a double play to get out of the inning.
Archbold (19-9) stranded 11 runners on base in the contest.
E. Wyse recorded the loss. In 3 2/3 innings he allowed five runs on six hits, struck out four, and walked one.
“Our guys have nothing to be ashamed of,” said Selgo.
“To win 19 games playing in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League, and with a very strong non-league schedule, winning the sectional championship, and finishing runner up in the district is certainly something they can be proud of.
“We had seven seniors– Micah Bernath, Jase Grosjean, Emerson Radabaugh, Tyson Schnitkey, Chan Wyse, Evan Wyse, and Jacob Wagner– that played a huge role in the success of this season, and they certainly will be missed.
“Our underclassmen know they have some huge shoes to fill.”