by Gary Andrews
The Wabash varsity baseball team won the Apache Invite Saturday, defeating Tri-Central in game one 6-1 and Leo in the championship 4-3.
In game one, the Apaches collected 8 hits, scoring 1 run in the first, 1 in the second and 3 in the fourth to lead 5-1 before tacking on an insurance run in the 6th.
In the championship game against Leo, the Apaches spent a major portion of the first three innings getting out of trouble and finding a hit. In the top of the first, Leo loaded the bases with one out before pitcher Roger Davis forced two fly outs to get out of the inning.
In the second, Leo had a runners on first and second after an Apache error and a bunt single. On a grounder to second, the Apaches got the force with the Leo runner from second trying to score on the play. Shortstop Treavor Floor rifled a strike to catcher Kodi Fuller for the tag and the Apaches escaped again.
In the third, Leo had two runners on with one out when shortstop Treavor Floor fielded a grounder, stepped and second and threw to first for a double play to get out of the inning.
In the top of the fourth, Davis hit the first batter and after a single and a steal, Leo had runners on second and third with no outs. Davis would calmly strike out the next two, and then force a fly out and once more the Apaches dodged a bullet. In the bottom of the inning, Wabash would finally make some noise. Devin Hostetler led off with a single for the Apaches first hit and was followed by a Grant Sailors single. After a balk put runners on second and third, Jordan Floor singled home both runners and the Apaches led 2-0.
In the fifth, Leo would get a run back and was looking to score more when they had the bases loaded with one out, but again Davis got out of the inning, forcing a pop up to second and a fly out to center. Treavor Floor got things going in the bottom of the inning, reaching second on an error in the outfield with Jordan Blair lacing a single to bring him home to lead 3-1. Wabash was threatening to get another run, but Jordan Holley was thrown out at home.
Neither team would score in the sixth, as the Apaches needed just three outs to seal the deal.
In the top of the 7th, Leo would score 2 runs on a Wabash error and two hits to make it 3-3 with the Apaches coming to bat. Jordan Blair led off the inning with a walk and was followed by Jordan Holley walking. Kyle Kelsheimer then hit a slow roller to short with Holley beating out the throw to second and the bases were loaded with no outs. Wabash wasted no time ending the game when Devin Hostetler singled home Blair and the Apaches won the Invite 4-3.