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Updated: 1:00 a.m., BGHS baseball beats No. 6 Wauseon to win sectional title (5-18-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor   
Friday, 17 May 2013 23:31
DEFIANCE — Beating one state-ranked opponent wasn’t enough to satisfy Bowling Green’s baseball team.
Instead, the Bobcats defeated a ranked team for the second time in five nights to win a Division II sectional championship Friday.
Andy Fisher and Nolan Dill combined on a six-hitter, and Mason Apple hit a two-run home run to lead the Bobcats to a 3-0 win over sixth-ranked Wauseon.
The Bobcats, in winning their first sectional title since 2007, will face top-ranked Sandusky Perkins in a district semifinal Thursday at 7 in Archbold.
Fisher allowed all six of Wauseon’s hits and struck out 11 over the first 6 1/3 innings and Dill retired the final two Indians. Fisher walked two.
The Bobcats, 14-8 overall, scored an unearned run without a hit in the top of the first inning, and Apple homered in the second with one out after Ricky Riggs was hit by a pitch on an 0-2 count.
BG advanced to the sectional final with a 2-1 win Monday over No. 16 Bryan, Wauseon’s rival in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League. The Indians fell to 19-5.
“Winning the sectional is great,” Apple said. “That’s been our goal all year. This is a big win for us.”
Apple, a left-hand hitter, crushed a low, inside curveball over the right-center field fence to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead.
The homer came on a 1-0 count after Wauseon pitcher Jake Trejo had thrown to first several times to keep Riggs close to the bag.
Apple, who hits eighth in the order, also had two hits and a run batted in against Bryan. The sophomore is batting approximately .340.
BG opened the scoring when Fisher, who hits leadoff, reached on a ground ball to second that was bobbled by the Indians.
Fisher took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on Jeremy Chambers’ sacrifice bunt and scored on Mitchell Cromley’s sacrifice fly to center.
BG had just three hits in the game against Trejo, who struck out nine and walked none. The senior right-hander retired 17 of the final 19 hitters after Apple’s homer, allowing only two-out singles by Cromley in the third and Chambers in the fifth.
“Getting the lead energized us for the entire game,” Fisher said. “We usually don’t get ahead in games, so that gave us a lot of confidence.”
Fisher protected the lead, although he had to escape trouble in the second, third and fourth innings.
The Indians failed to score, even though they had runners at second and third with two out in the second and fourth innings, and first and second with two out in the third.
“That’s what makes a player, either you play in big spots or you don’t,” BG coach Robert Yenrick said of Fisher, who has a 4.0 grade-point average. “That’s the difference between winning and losing right there ... Andy is a kid who wants to make plays.”
Fisher was replaced by Dill after retiring the leadoff batter in the seventh. The junior left-hander threw 121 pitches and was going to face the top of the order for the fourth time.
Dill, who was the winning pitcher against Bryan, ended the game with a liner to first and a comebacker to the mound.
Fisher threw his fastball, slider and curveball for strikes and had excellent movement on all three pitches. The Eastern Illinois recruit lived on the outside corner and in the bottom part of the strike zone.
He struggled with his curveball early, but it was his best pitch late in the game.
“Getting those three runs early made it easy to pitch and we play good defense,” said Fisher, who threw 72 strikes. “Once I started getting ahead of hitters, I had a lot of success.”
In addition to the 11 strikeouts, Wauseon had six ground ball outs and Fisher picked a runner off first. BG’s only error came on a pickoff throw by Fisher in the fourth.
“With our pitching and defense, we know we don’t need a lot of runs,” Apple said.
BG’s win over Bryan was its first in a one-run game after six losses. It also lost 3-0 to Anthony Wayne in 10 innings.
“The Bryan game really helped our confidence,” Fisher said. “We’re just not expecting to be in them now, we’re expecting to win them. Even when we were losing the close games, we still knew we were a good team because we play in a great league (Northern Lakes League).”
No. 2 Defiance faces Toledo Central Catholic in the first district semifinal at 4:15 p.m. The district final is May 25 at 7 p.m.

BGHS    210    000    0—3    3    1
WAUSEON    000    000    0—0    6    1
HITS — (BG) Chambers, Cromley, Apple; (W) Cales 2, Bzovi, Suntken, D. Shadbolt, Kauffman. 2B — (W) Kauffman. HR — (BG) Apple. RUNS — (BG) Fisher, Riggs, Apple. RBI — (BG) Apple 2, Cromley. SB — (BG) Chambers. SAC — (BG) Chambers. SAC FLY — (BG) Cromley. HBP — (BG) Riggs (by Trejo). LOB — BGHS 3, Wauseon 8.

IP    H    R    ER    BB    SO
Fisher (WP)    6 1-3    6    0    0    2    11
Dill (SV)    2-3    0    0    0    0    0
Trejo (LP)    7    3    3    2    2    9
Last Updated on Saturday, 18 May 2013 01:33

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