TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe softball team had revenge on its mind.
Northwestern’s Brittany Hart had other plans, though, scattering six hits in an 8-0 shutout of the Red Devils at Tippecanoe Middle School Thursday.
Last season, Tippecanoe (9-6) defeated the Warriors 6-1 in the regular season but turned around two weeks later and lost to them 4-3 in the first round of the sectional tournament.
“We were really hoping to get this win,” Tippecanoe coach Clay Lavercombe said. “They knocked us out of the tournament last year. But they just put the ball where we weren’t tonight, a lot of bloops and bleeders and seeing-eye hits.”
Tippecanoe starter Bri Eichbaum took the loss, but she did add nine strikeouts to her totals, giving her 100 for the season. The Devils simply couldn’t get anything going at the plate, striking out 14 times themselves.
Tippecanoe hosts Bellefontaine Monday to kick off a two-day Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division series.
FM 2, Newton 1
PITSBURG — Newton committed four of its five errors in the fourth inning, giving up two unearned runs and spoiling a one-hit effort by Laura Oaks on the mound in a 2-1 loss at Franklin Monroe Thursday in Cross County Conference play.
Oaks struck out four, walked none and gave up only one hit, but the defense let Newton down after the Indians took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Newton outhit Franklin Monroe 6-1 in the game.
“Same deal. It seems we can’t put hits together when we need to,” Newton coach Kirk Kadel said. “And we put errors together when we make one. We need to continue to play better every inning. If we can do that, we can win some games.”
Newton kicks off the Loudonville Champions’ Challenge against Tallmadge tonight.
Newton 12, FM 6
PITSBURG — The Newton Indians jumped on their chances when they got them Thursday, taking advantage of 11 free passes in a two-inning span to grab a 12-6 Cross County Conference victory at Franklin Monroe to improve to 11-4 on the season — matching their win total from all of last season.
Newton (11-4, 4-3 CCC) scored five runs in each the fourth and fifth innings, turning a 1-1 game into an 11-6 one at that point.
“They (Franklin Monroe) walked nine guys and hit two more in those two innings alone,” Newton baseball coach Nathan Kopp said. “The kids were pretty selective at the plate and took advantage of them not being able to throw strikes.”
Tyler Filbrun was 2 for 3 with a double and Cody Alexander was 2 for 4 to lead the Indian offense. Alexander also went the distance on the mound, striking out only one and allowing seven hits to get the win.
Newton travels to Mississinawa Valley today.
Bellbrook 7, M-U 1
BELLBROOK — Milton-Union only managed two hits Thursday at Bellbrook, falling 7-1 in Southwestern Buckeye League crossover play.
Milton-Union (7-9) hosts Northridge today.
MIAMISBURG — The Troy tennis team picked up its fourth win in as many days this week, shutting out Miamisburg 5-0 Thursday in Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover play.
At first singles, Luke Oaks defeated Davis Ruppert 6-0, 6-1. At second singles, Connor Oaks defeated Ryan Wells 6-2, 6-2. At third singles, Matt Schmitt defeated Sam Rinderle 6-1, 6-0.
At first doubles, Matt Alexander and Ian Stutz defeated Leslie Mazierac and Sean Holtzman 6-2, 6-3. At second doubles, Carter Hench and Jack Johnston defeated Jeremt Swigeron and Casey Reazin 6-2, 6-4.
“Everyone played consistent tennis today for the team to earn its 10th win,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said.
Troy (10-1) travels to Springfield today.
M-U 5, PS 0
WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union Bulldogs only dropped five games total Thursday, blowing out Soutwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division foe Preble Shawnee 5-0 in preparation for what should be their first true test of the season today.
At first singles, Matt Brumbaugh defeated Hunter Michael 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Phillip Brumbaugh defeated Jeff Roberts 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Jake Blevins defeated Alec Hamblin 6-1, 6-2.
At first doubles, Kenton Dickison and Jack Blevins defeated Austin Hazel and Cailin Foriest 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Luke Ferguson and Logan Dickison defeated Steven Carter and Chris Allen 6-1, 6-1.
Milton-Union travels to perrenial power Oakwood today.
Tipp 4, KR 1
SPRINGFIELD — Tippecanoe stayed perfect in Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division play Thursday, knocking off rival Kenton Ridge 4-1 on the road.
At first singles, Michael Keller won 6-2, 6-1. At second singles, Jacob Belcher won 6-1, 6-2. At third singles, Joe Keller won 6-0, 6-0.
At first doubles, Phillip Bullard and Michael Gross won 6-3, 7-5. At second doubles, Eric Staley and Joey Flora lost 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
Tippecanoe (6-2, 4-0) hosts Franklin at noon Saturday.