BY JEREMY SCHNEIDER | MIRROR SPORTS — Playing four home games in six days last week, it was an important early stretch for the Maumee baseball team.
The Panthers answered the challenge, winning three of the four games, including two league matchups, to run their record to 5-6 overall and 2-1 in the Northern Lakes League.
Maumee started the week with a 5-2 win over Napoleon before losing to St. Francis, 9-3, the next night. On Friday, the Panthers got back on track with a 4-1 win over Springfield and then rallied to beat Otsego, 6-5, on Saturday.
Senior catcher Sam Archambeau led the week at the plate, going 7-for-10 with four runs. He has recorded a hit in 10 of the Panthers’ 11 games this season, batting .469 (15-for-32) with nine runs and three RBI. Archambeau has also drawn six walks.
Maumee got three stellar performances on the mound this week as well. Zach Gronau allowed two runs on 11 hits in a complete-game win over Napoleon, striking out five while not walking a batter.
In a team-high 18 innings this year, Gronau (2-1) has a 1.94 ERA with 12 strikeouts and only two walks. He’s allowed seven runs, only five earned.
Chase Maulucci (1-1) went all seven innings as well against Springfield, giving up three hits and one run with one walk and five strikeouts. Maulucci has 12 strikeouts in 16 innings this year.
Gage Kessinger (1-1) picked up the win in relief against Otsego, throwing 3-2/3 scoreless innings with two hits, three walks and three strikeouts.
The Panthers scored four runs in the fourth against the Blue Devils, erasing a 1-0 hole. Ben Lanier had a two-out double that scored Landon Patterson and Ayden McCarthy.
Michael Dembski had a walk-off sacrifice on Saturday, scoring Archambeau to win the game. Archambeau had reached on a leadoff walk, then stealing second and third bases.