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Apaches, Squires earn doubleheader sweeps

FIELD: Manchester’s Grant Strobel fields a ground ball during the Squires’ game against Wawasee earlier this season.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@wabashplaindealer.com

Wabash’s baseball team moved to 4-0 on the young season with a doubleheader sweep over Blackford on Saturday, winning game one 9-4 before squeaking out a 3-2 win in the second game.

The second contest featured a pitcher’s duel between Wabash’s Trenton Daughtry and Blackford’s Peyton Hurd. Each tossed six innings with Daughtry not allowing a run while striking out seven and walking one on four hits. Hurd allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits and four walks with three strikeouts.

Wabash plated two of its runs in the second inning on a sacrifice fly from Payton Sodervick and a run-scoring error before adding an insurance run in the on a sacrifice fly from Kallen Kelsheimer.

That would prove to be plenty of run support for Daughtry through the opening six innings as the junior silenced the Blackford offense. The Bruins’ rally, though, came in the top of the seventh off reliever Kaleb Gidley as a two-out RBI single plated one run before a walk and another single brought in a second run.

Jared Holley would step onto the mound to close the game, inducing a ground ball for a fielder’s choice to end the contest.

Daughtry finished with a pair of hits and a run in the win while Robert Irgang and Blake Gribben each scored once.

In the first game, Wabash slugged out 10 hits and plated nine runs, all of them coming in the fifth and sixth innings, to come-from-behind and win.

Daughtry notched three hits with two runs and two RBIs while Kelsheimer had a hit, two runs and two RBIs of his own. Holley had two hits and a run, Blake Gribben knocked in a pair of runs with one hit and Joe Leland had two hits and a run.

On the mound, Sodervick tossed four innings, allowing two unearned runs on three walks and a hit with two strikeouts. James Booth threw 1.2 innings of relief, giving up two hits and a run on a strikeout with one walk. Holley earned his first of two saves on the day, going 1.1 innings and allowing a run on no hits with three walks.

Wabash’s contest slated for Monday at Oak Hill was postponed until May 3 due to rain. The Apaches will be back in action Tuesday at home against Caston.

Squires earn pair of wins

The Manchester baseball team earned a pair of convincing victories in its return to the diamond at home on Saturday, downing Caston 19-4 in the opener before coming back with a 4-2 win for the sweep.

In the first game, Grant Strobel continued his strong start to the season, tossing four innings and striking out seven. Mason Meyer finished 2-for-2 with four RBIs while Kam Lester went 3-for-4 at the plate. Mason Roberts and Jacob Slavkin each had three RBIs in the win.

The second contest saw Roberts strike out 13 in a complete game effort while launching a homer at the plate. Meyer, Nathan Self and Grant Martindale each added an RBI to help the Squires to victory.