Apax fall at baseball regional

Wabash's Payton Sodervick squares around to drop down a bunt during the Apaches' Class 2A baseball regional game against Wapahani Saturday at Lewis Cass High School. The Apaches fell 6-0 to end the season. 

By Josh Sigler

WALTON – Wabash’s baseball team picked an inopportune time to put forth one of its worst performances of an otherwise stellar season at Saturday’s Class 2A Cass Regional opener against Wapahani.

The No. 10-ranked Apaches managed just one hit at the plate and committed seven errors in the field in a 6-0 loss to the Raiders to end the season.

“Their pitcher kept us off stride and did a really good job,” Wabash coach Jack Holley said. “He was pretty efficient. … We only had one hit and three baserunners. It’s tough to win a game that way. And, then to come and boot the ball around the field is another thing. That’s not typically what we do. One or two things happen and then it escalated out of control. We have great kids and they’re going to battle back.”

Wabash’s lone hit came on a Trenton Daughtry single back up the middle with two outs in the bottom of the third inning. But he was left stranded after a pop out to the shortstop.

Wapahani broke up a scoreless tie with three runs in the top of the third. The Apaches committed three errors alone in that frame.

Wapahani pitcher Brevan Rivers was lights out in the win. He allowed just one hit and one walk, striking out 11 in a shutout effort to lead the No. 9-ranked Raiders to the victory.

“He threw strikes and he didn’t walk guys,” Holley said. “He had a decent fastball, and he came in and hit his corners really, really well. Behind him, they made the plays, and that makes for a good combination. When you keep people guessing at the plate in high school, you can be really successful, and that’s what he did. We were guessing what he was going to throw. We didn’t guess right a lot. We’re going to have to get better at that.”

Wapahani (23-9) added two runs in the fifth and an insurance run in the seventh to put the Apaches away.

Daughtry also drew the start on the hill, and put forth a solid effort. Of the six runs allowed, only two runs given up by the Apache junior were earned. He allowed nine hits and struck out four while walking one.

“I think he threw really, really well,” Holley said. “I’m sure some people are going to question why I didn’t throw Joey (Leland), but honestly in this game – I don’t think Trenton had a walk, and we had seven errors. The first three or four runs were unearned, then you think about a dropped ball at second on a steal that would have gotten us out of the inning and they wouldn’t have scored any runs there. 

“But, at the end of the day you still have to get on base and score runs, and we didn’t do that. So, the run support wasn’t there and everybody kind of got down. Trenton came out and threw lights out. If you take away those seven errors, he would’ve thrown those seven innings in 75 pitches.”

Wabash finishes the season with an 18-7 record, and the future looks bright for the squad. The Apaches only lose two seniors to graduation in Robert Irgang and Blake Gribben.

“We’re going to miss their leadership and their heart, their work ethic,” Holley said. “School would be out and Robert would already be dressed ready to go down and take batting practice before games. Gribben didn’t come out when he was a freshman. He came out as a sophomore and committed to the program and committed to being the best baseball player he could. I hope the younger kids watched how they approached the game, with how much class and effort and love for the game they brought. They’re going to be missed.”

Posted on 2019 Jun 04