By Josh Brown
MIAMI COUNTY — Before the Troy baseball team’s trip to Kentucky for three games, it was supposed to kick off the season at home on Saturday.
Failing that, the Trojans were supposed to have their home opener Thursday.
The weather had something to say about all of that.
Troy’s second attempt at a home opener was one of many things washed away Thursday by constant rain and scattered thunderstorms that lasted from late Wednesday night all the way into Thursday afternoon, as inclement weather caused the cancellation of all of the local action in the area.
Troy went 0-3 in Kentucky against three teams that already had between seven and 10 games under their belts this year. The Trojans were to host West Carrollton Thursday, but that game was rained out and has been rescheduled for April 18.
“It’s tough,” Troy baseball coach Ty Welker said. “But I feel like we still had a beneficial trip. We saw some good baseball, bonded as a team and had good baseball experiences. We’ll definitely be able to grow from the experience. We know what we need to fix.”
Hitting with runners in scoring position being the key thing. After a 2-1 loss to Henry Clay and a 7-1 loss to Paul Lawrence Dunbar (KY) to start the trip, the Trojans finished off with a 4-3 loss to Elizabethtown (KY) on Tuesday. Through the three games, Troy had only two hits with runners in scoring position.
“We’re hitting .087 with runners in scoring position — only two hits in three games,” Welker said. “We played some good baseball teams down there, teams that were nine or 10 games into the season already. We outhit the first two teams, though. We’d get guys on, but we’d have a baserunning mistake at the wrong time, then defensively we’d make an error at the wrong time.”
One of those two hits came in the first inning against Elizabethtown (5-2) as Nick Sanders cleared the bases with a three-run double to give the Trojans a 3-0 edge. But an error in the bottom of the inning let the opposition get back into the game with a pair of runs, and the Troy offense couldn’t do anything the rest of the way.
“We only gave up one earned run, but an error gave them two runs in the bottom of the first and definitely shifted the momentum,” Welker said.
Trenton Wood went the first three innings, while Alec Demore, who also doubled in the game, came in in the fourth and took the loss.
Troy travels to Tecumseh today — weather permitting.
The Troy tennis team saw its match at Tecumseh postponed by the rain, as well, with no makeup date set immediately.
Other baseball games that were postponed, all without makeup dates as of time of press, were: Milton-Union at Covington, Miami East at Versailles, Dixie at Bethel and New Knoxville at Bradford.
Softball games that were postponed, all without makeup dates as of time of press, were: Piqua at Milton-Union, Miami East at Versailles, Bethel at Covington and Bradford at Coldwater.
Also postponed for the second time was the Tippecanoe Relays track and field meet. Originally scheduled for March 29, the meet was moved to Thursday after a mix of rain and snow on that day. The meet has yet to be rescheduled, but Tippecanoe is hosting the Tippecanoe Invitational on Saturday.
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