Edgerton’s ACME baseball team used a big 15-run fourth inning to roll to a 17-4 victory against Stryker during the first round of the Williams County ACME Sectional Tournament at Sumpter Field in Bryan on Friday.
Edgerton led 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth, and proceeded to bat around the order twice and balloon its lead to 17-0, benefitting from eight Stryker walks in the process.
Stryker was able to counter with four runs during the top of the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to stave off the five-inning 10-run mercy rule.
“We’ve played a lot of good teams in the past couple of weeks, so it was good for the kids to get back on the sticks and hit the ball well and get into the game we like to play offensively,” Edgerton coach Duane Miller said. “We had a lot of confidence during that one inning with the sticks and hopefully confidence is contagious for us as we face Bryan ... but we’re just going to take it one game at a time.”
Every Edgerton batter scored a run during the game, with Kale Merillat and Cole Meyer each crossing home plate three times.
Nolan Swank got the start on the mound and earned the win in three innings of work for Edgerton. He gave up one hit and struck out five. Gannon Ripke pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief and Rocco Green tossed the final 2/3 of an inning.
Stryker used four pitchers to get through the game — Joe Ramon, Gavin Campbell, Max Wonders and Brandon Bowers.
Edgerton advances to face Bryan today at 1:15 p.m. at Sumpter Field in Bryan.
Stryker falls to the loser’s bracket and will see the winner of the loser’s bracket contest between Montpelier and Hilltop. Montpelier and Hilltop play today at 11 a.m. today in West Unity for a chance to see Stryker at 2 p.m. in Bryan on Sunday.