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Late Apache rally falls short

Staff reports

The Wabash baseball team dropped its second contest of the season as a late rally proved not to be enough with the Apaches falling 11-6 on the road to Blackford on Friday.

The hosts jumped ahead 2-0 in the first inning and never looked back, building the lead to 11-1 after six innings. Wabash added five runs in the seventh frame but came up short in the comeback attempt.

The big seventh inning started with a one-out walk to Clayton Floor.

Trevor Pelphrey singled to right to put runners on the corners, setting up an RBI double for Kaleb Gidley.

Levi Hall was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Jasper Walter who cleared them with a triple, bringing the visitors to within six at 11-5.

Rob Irgang’s single to center plated Walter and continued the rally, but Kory Fuller’s strikeout gave the Apaches little wiggle room with two outs in the frame.

Blake Gribben would reach on an infield single and Payton Sodervick loaded the bases once again with a single to right field, but Floor would end the threat with a groundout to second base.

The Apaches’ lone other run on the night came in the top of the fourth as a double steal saw Gribben take home.

Irgang and Pelphrey each finished with two hits on the night as the former added an RBI and the latter a run.

Floor, Gidley, Gribben, Hall and Walter all had a run while Walter finished with a trio of RBIs.

On the mound, Jared Holley took the loss, giving up four earned runs on a hit and five walks in two innings. Reece Samons pitched three innings, giving up four runs, all earned, on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts.

Sodervick threw one inning of relief, allowing three runs, two earned, on one hit and three walks with a strikeout.

The Apaches fall to 1-2 on the year.

Wabash hosted Oak Hill on Monday evening, but results were unavailable as of deadline on Monday.