The Wabash baseball team broke out the long ball Saturday to win the Blackford Invitational, hitting six home runs on the day, defeating Wes-Del 18-9 before knocking off Muncie Central14-11 in the championship game.
Landon Cole got the season started for the Apaches by leading off with a home run to ignite a 4 run first inning against Wes-Del. After the Cole homer Kyle Kelsheimer reached on an error and was followed by a Shea Beauchamp rbi single to lead 2-0. Grant Sailors would then lace a dart against the right center fence, with Beauchamp going to third. Beauchamp would then score on a passed ball before Kody Fuller singled to put runners on first and third again. Tyler Brewer and Isaiah Smith would then draw walks to force in the fourth run and the Apaches led 4-0 before Wes-Del had an at bat.
In the top of the second Beauchamp would draw a one out walk and then steal second to setup the next Apache run when Roger Davis reached on an error to score Beauchamp. With Roger Davis dominating on the mound Wabash led 5-0 after two.
To start the third Tyler Brewer singled, Smith was hit by a pitch and Landon Cole had a bunt single to load the bases with no outs. Kyle Kelsheimer would then ground out, bringing home Brewer to lead 6-0. Wes-Del would then get out of the inning and score once in the bottom to make the score 6-1 after three.
Wabash would lead 7-3 after five when the bats woke up once more. In the sixth with two outs Isaiah Smith drew a walk then stole second. Cole would then single home Smith to make it 8-3. Kelsheimer would then reach on an error to put runners on first and third before a Beauchamp three run blast opened the lead to 11-3. Wes-Del would answer the Apaches, scoring four runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 11-7 with an inning to go.
The Apaches would blow it open in the 7th. With one out Justin Holley drew a walk and was then tagged out in a run down on a Fuller grounder. Tyler Brewer would then find the long ball, hitting a two run dinger to put Wabash up 13-7. Smith would then double and was followed by rbi singles from Cole and Kelsheimer, increasing the lead to 15-7. After Beauchamp was intentionally walked, Grant Sailors doubled in a run, followed by a Devin Hostetler double to drive in two to lead 18-7. The Apaches would give up two runs in the bottom of the inning, holding on to win 18-9 and meet Muncie Central in the championship.
The Apaches banged out 17 hits with 16 rbi’s. Landon Cole led the attack with 4 hits. Roger Davis got the win on the mound, striking out 6 and walking 2.
The championship game against Muncie Central was the tale of two halves. The Apaches dominated the first 4 1/2 innings, leading 10-0 and looking like a five inning game before the Bearcats caught fire.
Wabash would put two on the board in the first with a Cole single and Beauchamp’s second homer of the day. Leading 2-0 heading to the third Beauchamp would lead off with a walk and was brought home on a Roger Davis double. Holley then reached after being hit, when Davis was caught in a rundown for an out. Devin Bitzel would then single home a run, followed by a Brewer rbi double to make it 5-0.
Leading 5-0 in the fifth, Bitzel singled, Smith was hit by a pitch before Cole squeezed home the 6th run and Smith scored on a bad throw to make it 7-0. With Cole on third, Kelsheimer executed the second squeeze of the inning to make it 8-0. Beauchamp would then blast a two run shot to make it 10-0 and behind starting pitcher Grant Sailors the Apaches were cruising, or so they thought. Central would rally for five runs to make it 10-5 and wipe away any thoughts of a five inning game.
The Apaches would pick up another run in the sixth on a Smith double and a Cole single to make it 11-5 before Muncie tallied 6 runs in the bottom of the inning to knot the score at 11.
In the 7th Holley would reach on a bunt single and was followed by a Brewer single to put runners on first and third. Smith, pitching in relief would then help himself with three run shot over the left center fence to put Wabash up 14-11 and then shut down the Bearcats in the bottom for the 14-11 Wabash win.
Wabash had 18 hits with Cole again leading with 4. Isaiah Smith got the win on the mound.
Wabash is 2-0.