Bryan’s ACME baseball team finished off a 3-0 summer sweep of the Archbold Blue Streaks with a 7-3 victory at Sumpter Field in Bryan on Thursday.
With the win, the Bears improved to 13-1 on the season.
“It’s always huge to beat your rival team,” Bryan coach Doug Williamson said. “It makes you feel good. ... But it gets tougher every time you play them. They know get to know you and you get to know them ... and what each other’s strategies are.”
Despite Bryan completing the sweep of its Northwest Ohio Athletic League rival, Thursday’s game got dicey late in the contest.
Bryan held a 3-1 lead after five innings, but during the top of the sixth, Archbold’s Zane Behnfeldt hit a single to drive Dawson Leighty home to slice Bryan’s lead to 3-2.
However, Bryan responded in a big way during the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and the bases loaded, Trevor Ward ripped a double to clear the bases and give the Golden Bears a 6-2 lead. Ward later came in to score on a Connor Arthur single to put Bryan up 7-2.
“Ward’s hit was huge,” Williamson said. “That put us in control.”
Archbold came back with a run during the top of the seventh when Noah Garcia hit a double to score DJ Newman.
Drake Mohring and Leighty flew out on the next two at bats, however, to give Bryan the 7-3 victory.
Dom James earned the win for Bryan. He went all seven innings, gave up three runs, seven hits and struck out six Blue Streak batters.
Bryan was led at the plate by Arthur, who went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, an RBI and a run scored. Ward was 1-for-2 with a double and three RBIs.
Williamson said he was happy to have come out with the victory on Thursday, but would still like to see his team be more consistent throughout.
“Dom pitched a good game and we played good defense,” Williamson said. “But I wish the hitting wasn’t so sporadic sometimes and stay more consistent in what we do. But all in all, we got the hits when we needed to, we got guys on when we needed to.”