Defending state champion Archbold advanced to the finals of the state Acme baseball tournament with a 4-1 win over Anthony Wayne in the first round of the state tournament and a 9-0 win over Lima Shawnee in the semifinals.
Archbold 4, A. Wayne 1
Archbold had a shutout going until the Generals (19- 6) scored their only run in the sixth inning, Saturday, July 15, at Lima Shawnee High School.
Archbold opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning.
With two outs, Bryce Williams on third base and Gabe Petersen on first, Kirk Weldy, AHS head coach, called for a double steal.
As Petersen raced for second base and drew the Generals’ attention away from Williams, Williams took off from third.
The Generals’ throw back to home plate was too late as Williams scored the game’s first run, and Petersen ended up stealing second.
Archbold raised the difference to 2-0 in the third when Jeron Williams scored from third on a Holden Galvan single to right field.
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Brandon Miller scored from second on a J. Williams double. Following a pitching change, B. Williams hit a double to left field that brought J. Williams home for a 4-0 lead.
“Baseball’s a funny sport, so any runs you can, we gotta get it and take advantage of anything we can,” said Weldy.
The Generals scored their only run when Brady Theis scored from third.
Trevor Rupp pitched a complete game for Archbold. He allowed one run on five hits while striking out two and walking three.
Archbold had 10 hits. J. Williams had a single and a double, and B. Williams had a double. Miller had three singles; Petersen, two singles; Galvan and TJ Rice, a single each.
“Great game on both sides,” said Weldy. “At this point it’s going to be the first team that gets on the board. We relied on our pitching all summer long. We put some hits together and made it happen.
“Trevor’s one of those guys, especially being a senior– I was putting everything on his shoulders and being comfortable with it. There’s not many times where even he gets into jams. There’s nothing more we can ask out of him. He went out there and did a great job, and our defense– same way.
“Our hitting’s been one of our biggest assets all summer long. We told the seniors to step up and they sure did.”
Archbold 9, Shawnee 0
Archbold was leading Lima Shawnee (12-6) 9-0 in the top of the seventh inning when thunderstorms rolled through Lima, Sunday, July 16, dumping several inches of rain on the area.
After the game was initially rescheduled for Monday, July 17, Acme officials and the two coaches agreed to call the game, awarding Archbold the victory.
Archbold led 7-0 after two and then scored single runs in the fourth and sixth.
Rigo Ramos was awarded the victory. In two innings he struck out two. Rice pitched four innings and struck out three.
Archbold had 11 hits. Kade Kern and Miller each hit two singles and a double; Galvan had a single and a double. B. Williams and Petersen each had two singles, and J. Williams had one single.