TROY — It was like night and day for the Troy baseball and softball teams on Monday.
Hosting Sidney in a Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division matchup, the Trojan softball team had a solid day hitting all-around and got a couple of clutch defensive plays — including stopping the potential go-ahead run at the plate in the top of the sixth — and held on for a 7-6 victory at Market Street Diamond.
The baseball team, on the other hand, fell behind 8-0 after three innings before battling back, with the rally falling one run short in an 8-7 loss at Market Street Field.
Allison Pierce and Megan Schreiber gave the softball team its offensive punch, with Pierce going 2 for 2 with two RBIs and Schreiber going 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Dani Lade was 1 for 3 and scored two runs in addition to making a big diving catch in the outfield, Brittany Sowers was 1 for 4 with an RBI and Maggie McClurg, Rainey Rohlfs and Alex Wilt each had a hit.
“Dani never played outfield before this year. It wasn’t her primary position, but she’s made some nice catches. And in our last three games, she’s been hitting really well,” Troy softball coach Megan Campbell said. “Allison has just been consistent all year, and Megan is seeing the ball really well. The girls have been doing their job at the plate.”
But with the score tied 6-6 in the top of the sixth, Sidney was looking to break the tie on a hit to left field. Schreiber threw it home to Kylie Kiser, though, keeping the score tied and giving Troy (2-6, 1-2 GWOC North) enough momentum to score the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth.
“Megan gunned it home from left field to get that runner at the plate. Kylie, a pitcher-turned-catcher at the beginning of this year, held her ground, held the ball and got the out. And that was a huge out, too, momentum-wise. It kept them from taking the lead, let us get the lead in the bottom of the sixth and hold them in the seventh,” Campbell said.
The Troy baseball team (3-5, 2-1 GWOC North), was not as fortunate. Sidney (2-5, 1-2 GWOC North) had three straight hits after a leadoff walk to start the first inning, and a fourth hit later in the inning made it 4-0, with the Yellowjackets’ first four batters of the game scoring. The Jackets then scored their next four runs without the benefit of a hit, scoring on a wild pitch in the second and cashing in two errors and a few walks and hit-batters in the third for three more to make it 8-0.
“We were a little shell-shocked I think,” Troy baseball coach Ty Welker said. “Ben (Langdon) struggled to find the strike zone a little, and when he did, they put the bat on the ball. That top of the first set the tone for the first half of the day. We kind of sat back on our heels and tought everything would just be given to us. We didn’t come out ready to play.”
But Troy fought back after that, scoring two in the fourth and three in the fifth to make it an 8-5 game. The Trojans cut the lead to one in the bottom of the sixth and had the potential tying run on second base, but a diving catch in the outfield by Sidney left the runner stranded.
Trenton Wood was 3 for 4 with an RBI for Troy, Nick Sanders was 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI and Alec Demore doubled and had an RBI.
Langdon pitched into the third inning and was the losing pitcher, and Ryan Lavy struck out seven in 4 2-3 innings of relief, walking none and giving up two hits.
“We did rally, we did fight at the end,” Welker said. “Down 8-0, we could have just quit and accepted a run-rule. But we fought back and kept chipping away, and that’s good to know that we won’t just quit.”
RIVERSIDE — Ben Hughes struck out nine in a complete game four-hitter, and the Tippecanoe Red Devils (9-1, 3-0 Central Buckeye Conference Buckeye Division) scored one run in four separate innings to claim a 4-1 victory at Stebbins on Monday.
Cameron Johnson set the table from the leadoff spot, going 3 for 3 with a double, two stolen bases and two runs scored, while B.J. Donathan was 2 for 2 with a double, a triple and an RBI.
Tippecanoe travels to Graham Thursday.
DAYTON — Milton-Union couldn’t overcome three errors or find a way to scratch runs across on Monday, falling 4-1 at Northridge in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
Jake Roberts and Matt Bracci were each 2 for 3 to lead the Bulldogs, who scattrered six hits in the game.
Milton-Union (3-6, 2-4 SWBL Buckeye) hosts Carlisle today.
COVINGTON — For the third straight game the Covington Buccaneers put together a solid performance, even with a 4-0 loss to Minster in a game that was moved to Covington due to Minster’s field conditions.
“Things are starting to fall into place,” said Covington coach Mitch Hirsch. “We’re getting the pitching, playing better defense and we’ve been hitting the baseball. Today we only had two hits, but that’s a good pitcher we faced and you’ll have days like that. That’s baseball.”
Ty Boehringer went the distance on the mound, allowing just three hits. He was very economical in his performance as he threw only 72 pitches in seven innings of work.
Covington drops to 3-5 overall and travels to Franklin Monroe on Wednesday.
DAYTON — Milton-Union improved to 9-0 on the season — and, more importantly, 5-0 in the Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division — on Monday, scoring early and often in a 17-6 victory over Northridge.
Claire Fetters doubled and had two RBIs, Anna Wilson and Christine Heisey each had two RBIs and Brittany Courtright and Ashley Smith each doubled. Fetters also got the win, improving to 7-0 on the season.
“It was kind of a sloppy game, but we pulled it out anyway,” Milton-Union coach Curt Schaefer said.
RIVERSIDE — Bri Eichbaum was the winning pitcher, hit a pair of home runs and drove in 10 runs as Tippecanoe (6-3, 3-0 Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division) defeated Stebbins 39-1 Monday.
Cassie Gingerich had five hits and six RBIs and Ali Muse hit her first home run as the Devils scored 19 runs in the first inning to put it away.
Tippecanoe faces Kenton Ridge today in a makeup game before traveling to Graham Thursday.
COVINGTON — Covington’s offense was hard to stop Monday as four different players drove in at least two runs in a 12-2 Cross County Conference victory over Bethel.
Morgan Arbogast got the win on the mound and was 4 for 4 with a double and three RBIs. Haley Adams was 3 for 3 with a double and two RBIs and Morgan McReynolds and Arianna Richards were both 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
Brianna Anthony, who took the loss for Bethel, had a double and a home run to lead the Bees.
BRADFORD — The Bradford Railroaders played host to Houston Monday, winning 11-1 in 5 innings in Cross County Conference play, exploding for 11 runs in the first two innings off of eight hits.
“We were tracking the ball very well and making solid contact, even our outs were hard hits,” Bradford coach Shon Schaffer said. “We did a nice job against a good pitcher. We executed some sacrifices and played good, selfless softball.”
Haley Patty led the offensive charge going 2 for 3, along with Erika Hart and Tori Smith also having a pair of hits. Michayla Barga tripled and Mindy Brewer and Brooke Dunlevy also had hits.
Tori Smith pitched all five innings, giving up only four hits and striking out four with no earned runs.
* Track and Field
WEST CARROLLTON — The Bethel boys and girls track teams competed Monday night at the Bogen Relays at West Carrollton, and both fared well against a number of much larger schools. The boys took fifth place with 50 points, while the girls were sixth with 48.
Jacob Tumey (5-10) and Devin Hazely (5-8) combined to win the high jump relay, and Hazely (20-1.5) and Tumey (18-7) also won the long jump relay. Chris Morris (124-9) and Adam Kaup (94-10) were second in the discus relay, and the 4x800 team of Coleman Clark, Eric Landes, Chase Heck and Daniel Garcia was third (9:46).
“We placed in every event we entered,” Bethel boys coach Brad Clendening said. “We couldn’t enter everything because we’ve still got some injuries. But I was very happy with the way the guys ran. There were a lot of big schools there.”
On the girls side, the shot put relay of Sarah (32-10) and Savannah Swisher (28-0) won, as did the 4x800 relay team of Maddie Ellerbrock, Lytia Hart, Courtney Golden and Bailey McCabe (11:20.6). The long jump relay of Ellerbrock (14-7.75) and Kayla Grable (13-10.75) was second and the 4x100 relay team of Ellerbrock, Ashlyn Bird, Brianna Baker and Tianna Koewler was third (56.68 seconds).