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Bees top Buccs, Pelphrey now 3-0

By Joshua Brown

April 9, 2014

Staff Reports


COVINGTON — Bethel got another strong outing from Jimmy Pelphrey on the mound and won its second straight Cross County Conference game, beating Covington on the road 11-1 Wednesday.


Pelphrey scattered four hits and struck out 10 to improve to 3-0 on the season for the Bees (5-1, 2-0 CCC).


“We continue to get strong pitching,” Bethel baseball coach Brett Brookhart said. “Jimmy pitched a good game, we made the plays behind him and offensively we took advantage of a couple of errors and got some big hits.”


Brandon Nesbitt doubled and had two RBIs for Bethel, Nick Lightcap also had two RBIs and Alex Wilson and Nate Reese both went 2 for 4. Bethel takes on Milton-Union in a doubleheader Saturday at Athletes in Action Field.


Stephen Blei had an RBI single in the sixth for the Buccaneers’ lone run.


On Tuesday, the Buccs (2-3, 1-1) edged Tri-Village 7-5 on the road in Cross County Conference play, rallying from an early 4-0 deficit. Austin Lefeld was 3 for 4 with two RBIs, while Justin Williams hit a two-run double and got the win on the mound.


Newton 8, TC 5


PLEASANT HILL — A big third inning gave Newton control early Wednesday, but after Troy Christian fought back to tie the score in the top of the fifth, the Indians retook the advantage in the bottom of the inning and held on for an 8-5 victory at home to improve to 3-2 on the season.


Brian Delcamp got the win for the Indians, striking out four and allowing seven hits in five innings. Cody Alexander struck out three in two innings to earn a save.


Rhett Gipe was 2 for 3 for Newton and Tyler Denlinger drove in two runs and had a pair of sacrifice bunts.


Jordan Sloan was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI and Sam Kirkpatrick doubled for Troy Christian, which left 10 runners on base.


Newton, which bounced back from an 8-3 loss against Miami East on Tuesday, hosts National Trail today, while Troy Christian hosts Yellow Springs in its first home game of the season.


• Softball


M-U 11, Dixie 1


WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union Bulldogs — who run-ruled Carlisle 14-0 on Tuesday — improved to 4-0, 3-0 in the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division on Wednesday by finishing off Dixie in six innings, 11-1.


Brittany Courtright had two home runs and three RBIs and Ashley Smith hit a homer and had three more RBIs to lead the Bulldogs 16-hit attack. Anna Wilson had three doubles in the game and Jessie Bowman doubled.


Claire Fetters got the win, pitching the first four innings, and Chloe Smith pitched the final two.


Milton-Union travels to Preble Shawnee today and also added a doubleheader to the schedule, playing at Miami East Saturday.


Newton 3,


TC North 2


LEWISBURG — Erin Hixon kept Newton in the game Wednesday while the Indians struggled to hit at Tri-County North, but one key play in the top of the seventh netted Newton the game-tying and -winning runs in a 3-2 Cross County Conference win.


Newton scored the tying run on a passed ball in the top of the seventh, and Tri-County North overthrew third base trying to catch the trailing runner, allowing her to score the winning run all the way from second base.


“We didn’t hit very well, but some aggressive baserunning saved us,” Newton softball coach Kirk Kadel said. “Erin pitched a nice game for us, had nine strikeouts, no walks and scattered five hits. It wasn’t a great game for us, but it was a win.”


Newton hosts National Trail today.


Covington 12, TV 2


COVINGTON — Covington opened up Cross County Conference play on Tuesday with an impressive 12-2 run-rule victory over Tri-Village in five innings.


The win also improves the Buccaneers’ overall record to 4-1 with another huge league game slated for today at Ansonia.


“We hit the ball well,” Covington coach Dean Denlinger said. “Even early on we hit the ball hard, but we were hitting it right at people.”


For Covington, it recorded 15 hits on the day with Jessica Dammeyer going 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs. Haley Adams was 2 for 2 with an RBI and Morgan McReynolds was 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs. Arianna Richards went 2 for 2 with two RBIs, Brooke Gostomsky was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Kara Schaffer has a pair of hits with an RBI.


Morgan Arbogast went the distance on the mound, picking up her fourth win in as many outings. She allowed just one hit, struck out seven and walked three.


• Tennis


Troy 4, Tecumseh 1


NEW CARLISLE — The Troy tennis team improved to 3-0 Wednesday, defeating Tecumseh 4-1 in a makeup match.


At first singles, Luke Oaks defeated Brandon Pursifull 6-1, 6-2. At third singles, Matt Schmitt defeated Kurt Lesh 6-0, 6-1.


At first doubles, Matt Alexander and Ian Stutz defeated Conner Budurka and Austin Fince 6-2, 6-0. At second doubles, Aaron Coon and Jack Johnston defeated Will Sims and Allen Ebe 6-4, 7-6 (6).


Troy’s lone loss came at second singles, where Andy Fiorita defeated Conn0r Oaks 6-3, 6-3.


Troy hosts Fairborn today.


M-U 5, Brookville 0


BROOKVILLE — Milton-Union routed Brookville Wednesday, only dropping seven total games in a 5-0 victory.


At first singles, Matt Brumbaugh won 6-0, 6-1. At second singles, Phillip Brumbaugh won 6-0, 6-1. At third singles, Mitch Gooslin won 6-1, 6-3.


At first doubles, Kenton Dickison and Jack Blevins won 6-1, 6-0. At second doubles, Luke Ferguson and Logan Dickison won 6-0, 6-0.


Lehman 5, Eaton 0


SIDNEY — The Lehman Cavaliers (4-1) bounced back from their first loss of the season, sweeping Eaton 5-0 Wednesday.


At first singles, Sam Dean won 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Mitchell Shroyer won 6-1, 6-0. At third singles, Thomas Covault won 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.


At first doubles, Josh West and Noah Dunn won 6-1, 6-0. At second doubles, Kevin McElroy and Peter Comer won 6-2, 6-2.