by Gary Andrews
The Wabash varsity baseball team hosted the Apache Classic Saturday, going 1-1 on the day to finish runner up in the tourney. In game one Wabash fell behind early, but rallied back to defeat Hebron 9-6.
In game two Wabash met Leo, who had defeated Tri-Central. The Apaches fell to the Lions 6-3.
Game one was sort of a reunion for Apache coach Matt Stone. Stone is a Hebron graduate and has won more games as a Hebron baseball coach than any other with 80 wins.
The Apaches fell behind 2-0 after two innings before the bats went to work. In the bottom of the third Landon Cole led off with a walk and was followed by a Kyle Kelsheimer walk. Shea Beauchamp then ripped a two run triple to knot the score before Grant Sailors singled home Beauchamp for the lead. Isaiah Smith then doubled and Justin Holley walked to load the bases. The Apaches would pick up their 5th and 6th runs on a fielders choice and a Hebron error to lead 5-2.
The game would go to the fifth at 5-2 when Wabash went to work again. Justin Holley was hit by a pitch, followed by a Devin Bitzel single. After a sac bunt, Tyler Brewer singled home two, making it 7-2. After a Cole single, Beauchamp doubled home his third and fourth rbi's of the game for a 9-2 lead.
Hebron would pick up four runs in the sixth before relief pitcher Trevor Floor shut the door in the seventh. Devin Hostetler picked up the win.
After defeating Hebron the Apaches had the task of taking on undefeated Leo in the championship game. The Lions were 8-0 and loaded.
Leo would strike first, scoring one run in the first and two in the second to take a 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the third the Apaches would make some noise. Landon Cole singled and after Beauchamp was hit for the second time of the day, Wabash had runners on second and third. Grant Sailors would hit in to a fielders choice that scored an Apache run to make it 3-1. Isaiah Smith would then single home the second run and Wabash trailed 3-2 after three.
After holding Leo in the fourth, Wabash would strike again. With one out Roger Davis drew a walk and was followed by a Tyler Brewer single to put runners on first and third. Devin Hostetler then hit a sac fly to score Davis and tie the score at three.
The Wabash bats would go silent the remainder of the game, drawing just two walks as Leo scored one in the fifth and two in the sixth for the 6-3 final.