Story By Kody Smith–In a briskly played contest that saw four scoreless innings to kick off the game, the Wabash Apaches baseball squad struck for five runs over the course of two innings to secure a 7-2 victory over the Tippecanoe Valley Vikings on Wednesday, May 2. Senior starting pitcher Kory Fuller paced the TRC match-up, throwing seven quality innings to record the win on the bump.
Fuller was dealing through the first five innings of play, allowing just two hits and three total base runners. The lefty threw a complete game, surrendering just two runs on three total hits. Fuller also struck out two Viking offensive players to cap off the stellar performance on the mound. The southpaw is now 4-1 on the year.
The Apaches were slow to get the bats going at Chris Rood Field in Wabash, as the team did not record their first hit until the fourth inning, a single off-the-bat of junior Robert Irgang. However, the fifth inning proved to be the turning point in the ballgame, as the Apaches exploded for four runs.
The team took advantage of four errors in the field by the Vikings, but key hits contributed to the four runs scored. Junior Blake Gribben ripped a single into right field with one out, and he would steal second base as well. Senior Levi Hall would reach on an error out of the nine spot in the lineup, moving Gribben to third in the process. Hall would take off for second, allowing Gribben to take off on the throw, crossing the plate to tack on the first run of the contest. Sophomores Jared Holley and Trenton Daughtry reached via errors as well, allowing Hall to score. The duo stole a pair of bags while on the base paths, and would score after a two-run single struck by junior Clayton Floor. At the end of the fifth, the Apaches held a 4-0 advantage.
The sixth inning saw a great amount of success at the plate for Wabash as well, as the Apaches plated three runs to extend their lead to 7-0. Senior Reece Samons led off the inning with a double and a stolen base, reaching third. The first baseman would cross the plate following a failed pickoff attempt by relief pitcher Tucker Shull. Senior Trevor Pelphrey reached via a walk and reached third after the throwing error that allowed Samons to score. Pelphrey scored after a balk by Shull on the mound, giving Wabash a 6-0 advantage. Daughtry brought in the final run for the Apaches during the TRC match-up with an RBI-double to right-center field. Heading into the top of the seventh inning, Wabash held a 7-0 lead.
Although the Vikings struck for two runs in the top of the seventh, Fuller worked himself out of the jam with just minimal damage. The Apaches held on to secure the 7-2 victory, and have won nine out of their last 11 contests. Wabash is now 13-4 overall on the year, with a perfect 5-0 TRC record. The squad joins Maconaquah as the only two teams in the Three Rivers Conference to not lose a single conference match-up.
The Apaches host Elwood on Friday, May 4 to continue a three-game home stand from Chris Rood Field. The non-conference contest is scheduled for a 6:00 P.M. first pitch time.