by Gary Andrews
The Wabash varsity baseball team took part in the Blackford Invitational Saturday, going 1-1 on the day. In game one the Apaches fell to Muncie Central 8-6 before pouncing on Blackford 10-2 in game two.
In game one against Muncie Central, the Apaches had a hard time getting the bats going early and with the strong wind playing havoc with the defense Wabash trailed 6-0 after two innings.
After going down 7-0 in the third the Apaches broke the ice. With one out Kyle Kelsheimer singled and was moved to third on a Trevor Floor double. Grant Sailors would ground out, driving home Kelsheimer to make it 7-1 after three.
In the fourth the Apaches drew a run closer with a Kodi Fuller home run and with starting pitcher Roger Davis settling in the Apaches would make it a game in the 6th.
With the score still at 7-2 Grant Sailors would lead off the inning with a long ball to make it 7-3. Jordan Floor then singled and was followed by a Fuller walk. Roger Davis would single home Floor to close the gap to 7-4, chasing the Central starting pitcher off the mound. With runners on 2nd & 3rd after a Davis steal, Jordan Blair would ground out, pushing home a run as the Apaches trailed 7-5 with one inning to go.
Central would tack on an insurance run in the top of the 7th and Wabash had one more shot. Trevor Floor would start the inning with a double and advance to third on a ground ball. One more grounder scored Floor, but the Apaches couldn’t muster any more offense, falling 8-6.
In game two Wabash got off to a slow start, but ended with a bang. Taking on Blackford and former Northfield coach Tony Uggen, Wabash fell behind 1-0 in the first and trailed until the third.
Kyle Kelsheimer singled to start the inning and later stole second. With one out starting pitcher Grant Sailors helped himself with an rbi single and the game was tied at 1 after three.
The Apaches would take advantage of a Blackford miscue in the fourth. With two outs, Layton Fields struck out with the catcher missing the ball. Fields advanced to first, then stole second on the next pitch. Kelsheimer then singled home Fields to give Wabash a 2-1 lead.
Wabash would tack on three more runs in the 5th. Jordan Floor singled and went to second on a balk. Fuller then singled home a run to lead 3-1. Roger Davis singled to put runners on 1st & 2nd when Jordan Burnsworth singled home a run with Davis being caught and out in a rundown. Zach Phenis singled to give the Apaches runners at the corners. Phenis would then steal second and on the overthrow score Burnsworth for a 5-1 lead.
In the 6th Sailors started the inning with a single. Pinch runner Jordan Holley stole second, followed by Fuller being hit by a pitch and Davis drawing a walk to load the bases with one out. After a strike out, Holley scored on a passed ball, then Phenis singled home two to give Wabash an 8-1 lead with an inning to go.
The Apaches would tack on two more runs in the 7th with a Trevor Floor double and Grant Sailors second homer of the day, before giving up one run in the bottom of the inning for the 10-2 win.