NEW MADISON — From the beginning of the game on Tuesday the Arcanum baseball team dominated Tri-Village, winning the Cross County Conference game 17-1 in a five-inning run rule.
Arcanum pounded out 16 hits on the night while limiting Tri-Village to just three. The Trojans also played well defensively, committing just one error to the Patriots’ four.
“I thought we hit the ball really well,” Arcanum coach Randy Baker said. “We’ve been in a slump for awhile, but then last night we scored nine runs, and tonight we come out and really hit the ball well.”
The onslaught began with the first batter as Kory Baker led off the top half of the first inning with a double. Then two Tri-Village errors on a grounder by Connor Pohl allowed Baker to score, making it 1-0 in favor of Arcanum.
Austin Ripple then tripled into right field to drive in Pohl and scored on a passed ball, increasing the Trojan lead to 3-0 before the Patriots recorded an out.
Tri-Village added to its lead in the second, beginning with a leadoff double by Colton Troutwine. He then scored on a single by Kyle Carlisle for a 4-0 Arcanum lead.
After Kory Baker walked, Pohl put down a bunt single to load the bases.
Tri-Village got an out with a flyout, but then Collin Habel walked to force in a run, making it 5-0 and prompting a Tri-Village pitching change.
Nathan Kubik then drove in two runs with a single to left field for a 7-0 lead.
After a strikeout for the second out of the inning, Cole Burrell reached on an error, which brought in a run. Then Brett Goubeaux singled to score another, making it 9-0 Arcanum.
Tri-Village got its lone run of the game in the second inning as Caleb Bowman reached on Arcanum’s lone error of the night, allowing him to get all the way to second base.
After Bowman took third on a passed ball, Ripple struck out the next two Patriot batters. But he then gave up a walk, and a popup by Jonny Wilson fell for a hit, allowing Bowman to score to make it 9-1.
But after that, Tri-Village failed to get any more base runners as Ripple retired the side the next two innings and Pohl shut down the Patriots in the fifth.
“Rip threw really nice,” coach Baker said. “I think he had one bad inning. He fell behind some batters, a couple walks. But other than that he pitched real nice. And then got Pohl in an inning, which he hadn’t pitched in awhile so maybe shook a little rust off of him.”
Arcanum wasn’t done hitting, though, as the Trojans scored another run in the third inning with a leadoff double by Baker followed by grounders by Pohl and Ripple to advance Baker and make it 10-1.
In the fourth inning Jordan Dubbs led off with a walk for Arcanum, and Burrell singled.
After a flyout allowed Dubbs to advance to third, he scored on an infield single by Carlisle for an 11-1 lead. Then a walk and two passed balls brought in Burrell for a run, making it 12-1.
After another walk loaded the bases, Tri-Village made another pitching change.
A wild pitch and a passed ball brought in two more runs for a 14-1 Arcanum lead before Tri-Village managed to get out of the inning.
In the fifth inning Burrell led off with a triple and scored on a Goubeaux double. Then an error and a Pohl single brought in a run, and Joey Henning doubled in another run for a 17-1 Arcanum lead, which ended up being the final score.
“(It’s) out of my head,” Tri-Village coach Jim Maples said. “We just got our butts kicked big time tonight. It’s done and over with. We have a day to practice tomorrow. Obviously we’ve got plenty to work on. See if we can get better for Thursday.”
Both teams return to action Thursday as Arcanum plays host to Ansonia and Tri-Village plays host to Bradford.
Coach Baker and the Trojans hope the big win along with their 9-1 win against Franklin Monroe on Monday is the momentum boost they need for the rest of the season.
“I hope our sticks get going,” coach Baker said. “I thought we had much better approaches tonight. We’re starting to fix some things.”