By Joshua Brown
May 13, 2014
LEWISTOWN — It may have taken until the last day of the regular season, but the Tippecanoe Red Devils (20-7, 14-2 Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division) finally put the wraps on an outright CBC championship — thanks to a strong pitching performance by Cameron Johnson and Ben Hughes — with a 4-2 victory at Indian Lake Monday.
Johnson went five innings, giving up a pair in the bottom of the fifth that cut Tippecanoe’s lead to 3-2. But the Devils got an insurance run in the sixth, and Hughes struck out five in two innings of work to get the save. Indian Lake (11-15) managed only two hits in the game.
Brandon Roberts was 2 for 3 with a double and Zack Blair was 2 for 3 as the Devils once again struggled to break through at the plate.
“Two wild pitches and two sac flies, that’s how we scored,” Tippecanoe baseball coach Bruce Cahill said. “We’re not driving in runs with hits, we’re having to bunt guys over — but we got good pitching. It was nice to get the league championship out of the way.”
Tippecanoe hosts a second-round sectional game Thursday against the winner between Greenon and Urbana.
Troy Christian 5
TROY — One bad inning cost No. 6 Troy Christian Tuesday as No. 9 Cedarville plated five runs in the third and held on from there in an 8-5 Eagle loss in the first round of the Division IV sectional tournament.
Jordan Sloan doubled as Troy Christian (12-12) outhit the Indians 8-5 in the game but committed four errors, two of them coming in the five-run third.
“That cost us,” Troy Christian coach Bill Campbell said. “Other than in two losses this year, we’ve lost in one inning. We ended up throwing the ball around a little when we tried to make plays to get out of it.
“It’s a tough way to lose in the last game. We’re a young team, and we went through a lot this year.”
BRADFORD — No 5 Bradford had to work to advance Monday in the Division IV sectional, beating No. 12 Ansonia in a slugfest, 21-12.
Bradford plays No. 2 Newton today.
BOTKINS — No. 8 Covington scored a minor upset Monday, knocking off No. 7 Botkins 13-11 in 12 innings to advance in the Division IV sectional tournament.
Covington travels to No. 2 Russia today.
NT 1, M-U 0
NEW PARIS — No. 7 National Trail made a single first-inning run stand up Monday in a pitcher’s duel as the Blazers ended No. 9 Milton-Union’s season with a 1-0 victory in the Division III sectional tournament.
Jake Roberts got the loss the Bulldogs — who finished the season with more than twice as many wins as last year at 11-14 — despite only allowing three hits. National Trail matched that, though, as the Bulldogs scattered three hits in the game.
Other scores: D-I sectional — Piqua 11, Sidney 0.
M-U 19, Dunbar 0
WEST MILTON — Top-seeded Milton-Union snapped a four-game skid Monday, routing No. 12 Dunbar 19-0 in five innings to advance in the Division III sectional softball tournament.
Claire Fetters was 3 for 4 with a double and three RBIs to lead the Bulldog offense — which scored 12 runs in the first inning to put the game out of reach immediately. Brittany Courtright added a triple and Christine Heisey and Chloe Smith both doubled in the game.
Fetters was also the winning pitcher, striking out 10.
Milton-Union (14-11) hosts No. 11 Northridge today.
Newton 20, SCC 0
PLEASANT HILL — Third-seeded Newton had no trouble advancing past the first round in the Division IV sectional tournament, blowing out No. 7 Springfield Catholic Central 20-0 Tuesday at home.
Madison Mollette was 5 for 5 with two RBIs and four runs scored, Megan Rutledge was 2 for 4 with a triple and four RBIs and Rose Studebaker was 3 for 4 with two RBIs as Newton piled up 17 hits. Laura Oaks got the win on the mound, going the first three innings, striking out three, walking one and giving up two hits. Laura Burden finished off the last two innings, striking out one, walking one and giving up one hit.
Newton faces No. 2 Franklin Monroe Thursday in a second-round game that will be played at Newton, with the Jets being the home team in the scorebook.
Miss. Valley 3
BRADFORD — A nine-run second inning propelled No. 2 Bradford to a 14-3 victory over No. 12 Mississinawa Valley Tuesday in the first round of the Division IV sectional tournament.
Bradford faces the winner between Riverside and Tri-Village Thursday.
TC North 4,
BRANDT — No. 5 Tri-County North scored a minor upset on Tuesday, knocking off fourth-seeded Bethel 4-2.
No other details were made available from the game.
BEAVERCREEK — No. 15 Troy traveled to Beavercreek Monday for the first round of the Division I sectional tournament, falling 9-4 to the 11th-seeded Beavers.
Troy finished the season 9-16.
Editor’s note: Te rest of Tuesday’s D-IV sectional softball scores were not available at time of press.