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Daughtry dazzles in Apache rout

PITCH: Wabash’s Trenton Daughtry pitches during the Apaches’ game against Marion on Friday evening.

By Scott Hunt - shunt@chronicle-tribune.com

It may be early in the season, but the Wabash baseball teams looks like its clicking on all cylinders already.

The Apaches got an outstanding pitching effort from sophomore Trenton Daughtry and used an aggressive approach at the plate and on the bases to earn a 13-0 five-inning win over Marion on Art Caldwell Field Friday evening.

Wabash struck first in the top of the second inning. Robert Irgang led off with a single and recorded the first of five Apache stolen bases in the contest. Kody Fuller’s RBI single put the visitors in front, 1-0. The Apaches would then load the bases but Marion second baseman Broc Allgood turned a hard line drive off the bat of Blake Gribben into an inning-ending double play.

While it was the only run Daughtry would need, the Apaches would add to the lead in the third with three more runs, the first off the bat of Jared Holley, who hit a one-out solo home run to straightaway center field.

Wabash then salted the game away in the fourth, sending 12 hitters to the plate, getting five hits and drawing four walks to score seven more times to take a commanding, 11-0 lead.

Clayton Floor capped the Apache offense scoring with a double in the fifth plating the final two runs of the game.

“Our kids are pretty resilient they’re pretty disciplined at the plate,” Wabash coach Jack Holley said. “We go up there swinging, we’re pretty aggressive at the plate. I’m real happy with our kids. We hit the ball well. We ran the bases well and played great defense.

“We tell our pitchers if they just throw strikes, we’ve got a sound defense behind them and we’ll make the routine plays.”

Daughtry wasn’t overpowering on the mound, but he kept the ball around the plate all game. He got a stellar defensive effort behind him and kept the Giants’ hitters off balance for most of his five innings. The sophomore scattered five hits, all singles, and struck out five Giant batters while allowing just two walks.

“He worked ahead most of the evening and kept his pitch count down. We were going to hold to him to a 65 pitch count and he ended up with 68,” Holley said of Daughtry. “Luckily, it was a five-inning game because he was going to come out after that inning because it’s too early to throw kids very long.

Daughtry also reached base three times, stole three bases and scored three runs.

Marion’s best scoring threat came in the bottom of the first, the only inning more than one hitter would reach base. Broc Allgood singled and Logan Wagner drew a walk, but Tyras Brown hit into a fielder’s choice and Travis Metzger popped out to second base to squash the threat.

Tra Cox singled with one out in the second inning and advanced to second on an error in the Wabash outfield, but Ethan Dixon popped out to second and Cox was caught stealing third by Apache catcher Kallen Kelsheimer.

Allgood finished 2-for-2 for the Giants while Brown, Wagner and D’Angelo Jones were the only Marion players to record hits.

“It all goes back to our approaches at the plate, our approaches tonight were horrible,” said Marion coach Gabe Wagner. “Our mentality was just flat.”

Floor finished 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs, Irgang had two hits with a walk and drove in a run while Fuller also finished with two hits and drove in three runs for Apaches. Kelsheimer had a triple, two walks and scored twice and Reece Samons added a double and a walk.

Wabash outhit the Giants 11-5. The Apaches also drew seven walks and were the beneficiaries of seven walks, three balks and three wild pitches by Marion pitchers.

“They threw strikes but they threw belt-high fastball strikes and in high school baseball that don’t make it very far when you play a good team,” Wagner said. “Hopefully, they’ll figure that out eventually that you’ve got to work the knees and below. It was tough.

“We just talked to the pitchers about hitting our spots a little better,” he added about his postgame message. “You have days like this in baseball, that’s part of it. There are days you come out and you get beat like this. We didn’t bring energy from the start and as the scoreboard shows."

Wabash (4-2) travels to Huntington North on Monday.