A Tough 6th Inning Leaves Indians With Loss Against Defiance

(Saturday, April 25th 2015)—WAUSEON: The Indians squared off against the visiting Bulldogs of Defiance on Saturday after a enthralling Friday night victory. Coach Thomas prepared the team for a formidable opponent heading into the day’s game. 
Nate Suntken would be the starting pitcher on the mound for the Indians. The Bulldog offense was prevalent in the top of the 1st, scoring 2 runs. Wauseon, unable to retaliate in the bottom of the inning, gave up 1 more run in the second to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. 

Wauseon’s offense fired back in the bottom of the second inning scoring 2 runs. A scoreless third led to a fourth inning showdown: both Defiance and Wauseon scored two runs in the 5th to bring the score to 5-4. 

The top of the 6th inning proved to be difficult for Suntken, giving up 6 runs to the Bulldogs. Brady Rupp was brought in to relieve Suntken; Rupp threw 21 pitches to walk 4 batters before senior Jacob Newlove stepped in to end the disastrous inning. 

The Indians scored a run against Defiance in the bottom of the 6th before retiring the inning. In their final at-bat, Defiance drove in one final run on Newlove to put the score at 13-5. Unable to drive in any runs in the last inning of play, Wauseon took the loss.

Caleb Andrews and Jeremiah Kauffman led the Indians offensively: Andrews drove in 1 run while scoring twice on 3 hits in his 4 at-bats. Kauffman scored twice with a double & a walk with 2 hits. 

Nate Suntken would get the loss for the Indians throwing a total of 106 pitches, 57 of which were strikes. Suntken recorded all 3 strikeouts for the Indians with 8 ground-outs, 5 fly-outs and 1 pick-off. 

Wauseon’s record remained at 5-1 in the NWOAL while their overall record descended to 12-6. The Indians will next play Patrick Henry at home on the 27th. 

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