Big Fifth Inning Lifts Apaches Over Knights

In what was a pitchers dual for most of the game, the Wabash baseball team used a 5 run fifth inning to top Southwood 6-3 Monday.

The Apaches got on the board in the bottom of the first after stalling a Knight rally in the top. Landon Cole reached on an infield single before a pop out and fly out. Grant Sailors then helped his own cause, singling Cole home to give Wabash a 1-0 lead.

The next three innings would be all Cole and Sailors as neither team could plate a run.

In the top of the fifth the Knights would even the score. Kyle Weaver got things started with a walk. The Knights next hitter, Dustin Curless dropped down a bunt with the Apaches trying to get the out at second, over throwing the base to put runners on first and third. Nathan Hollars would then hit in to a fielders choice to score a run and it was knotted at 1 with the Apaches coming to the plate. With one out Shea Beauchamp doubled and was brought home with a Grant Sailors triple. Isiah Smith then singled to bring home Sailors and the Apaches led 3-1. Tyler Brewer would then reach on a Knight error, pitting runners on first and third when Justin Holley singled both runners home, 5-1. Kyle Kelsheimer doubled home Holley and Wabash led 6-1 after five.

The Knights would rally in the sixth. Brandin Frazier and Luke Elliott singled and was followed by a Colin Gouveia walk to load the bases. Dustin Curless then singled home 2 runs to cut the lead in half at 6-3, but couldn’t get any closer as the Apaches held on for the 6-3 win.

Shea Beauchamp, Grant Sailors and Isiah Smith each had 2 hits for Wabash. Devin Bitzel, Kyle Kelsheimer and Justin Holley each had 1 hit. Beauchamp and Kelsheimer both had doubles.

Dustin Curless led the Knights with 2 hits and 2 rbi’s. Jackson Blair, Brandin Frazier, Luke Elliott and Kyle Weaver each had a hit.

Grant Sailors got the win, pitching 6 innings, allowing 7 hits, striking out 4 and walking 2. Roger Davis pitched the 7th, walking 2.

Robbie Cole took the loss on the mound, going 6 innings, allowing 8 hits, striking out 3 and walking 2.

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