PBR Spotlight Game: No. 37 Maumee at No. 7 Anthony Wayne

By Dylan Hefflinger

PERRYSBURG- The Anthony Wayne Generals upped their winning streak to 15 games and stayed perfect (10-0) in the Northern Lakes League with a 4-2 victory over Maumee on Wednesday.

Anthony Wayne, the 7th ranked team in Division I, was only able to muster up five hits on the day, but was able to come through with clutch two-out hits.

The Generals got it started in the 1st inning when senior Deion Tansel, University of Toledo recruit, led off with a walk and steal of second. Josh Meyers followed with a single to right to put runners on first and third. Reed Allen brought home Tansel with an RBI ground out. After a fly out, senior Matt Olsavsky, Lourdes College recruit, got his first of two clutch hits on the day with a two-out single up the middle to score the second run of the game.

Jake Chipka toed the rubber for Anthony Wayne and displayed an arsenal of breaking pitches ranging from 59-71 mph with lots of movement. With the Panthers batters off balance from the off speed, Chipka's 80-82 mph fastball became his out pitch.

Chipka went 6 2/3 innings scattering eight hits, while allowing two earned runs fanning five and walking none.

Siena Heights recruit Billy Laranga was on the mound for Maumee. The 6-0 senior got behind early, giving up two runs in the first, but settled in after that. Laranga had a powerful fastball reaching 89 mph a few times, while sitting in the 84-87 range. Laranga, however, was unable to get outs when it counted most, allowing three of the four runs to come through with two away.

Laranga went five innings allowing four runs on five hits with three walks. Laranga struck out four on the day.

The Panthers, rated 37th in Division I, cut the lead to 2-1 in the top half of the 4th inning Justin Koepfer led off the inning with a single, West Virginia commit Steve Duby moved him to second on a hit-and- run when the senior first basemen drove a ball to deep center which fell just out of the reach of Anthony Wayne's center fielder, resulting in an RBI double.

However, that wasn't enough as Anthony Wayne tacked on two more runs in the fifth. First basemen Josh Lindke starting the inning with a base on balls, followed by a bunt single from Tansel. A sac bunt put runners on second and third and a walk to Allen loaded the bases. After a strikeout looking, Olsavsky came to the plate with two outs and delivered again, this time with a two-run single to right field to increase the Generals' lead to 4-1.

Maumee added one in the 6th inning to cut the deficit to 4-2 but that was not enough as senior lefty Mike Valentine came in to get the final out in the 7th to preserve the victory.

Anthony Wayne (19-1, 10-0 NLL) hosts Bowling Green on Monday while Maumee (11-6-2, 6-3 NLL) has a makeup game against NLL foe Southview on Thursday before traveling to Ottawa Hills on Friday.