TROY — The Troy tennis team hasn’t had much of a break since dropping its first match of the season to Butler back two weeks ago.
The Trojans likely wouldn’t want one, either. Not with the roll they’re on.
Troy improved to 13-1 overall on the season, winning for the seventh time in a row since that blemish — and only dropping a grand total of three games on Wednesday in a dominant 5-0 victory over Wayne on Senior Night at Troy High School.
The senior first doubles team of Matt Alexander and Ian Stutz cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Alex Nagy and Jordan Fox. And at second doubles, the team of senior Aaron Coon and Carter Hench defeated Frank Albanese and Douglas Sloan 6-2, 6-0.
Troy’s young singles players also had a great day, with none of them losing a single game. At first singles, Luke Oaks defeated Thomas McMasters 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Connor Oaks defeated Adam Vaflor 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Matt Schmitt defeated Rachel Diaz 6-0, 6-0.
Troy will be put to the test today on the road at 12-1 Beavercreek.
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe had a relatively easy time with Central Buckeye Conference rival Greenon Tuesday night, winning 4-1.
The Red Devils didn’t lose a game at singles. At first singles, Michael Keller won 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Jacob Belcher won 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Joe Keller won 6-0, 6-0. And at first doubles, Joey Flora and Phillip Bullard won 6-1, 7-5.
The Devils’ only loss came at second doubles, where Eric Staley and Michael Gross lost 6-3, 7-5.
Tippecanoe (8-2, 5-0 CBC) travels to Springfield Shawnee Thursday.
Butler 1 (9)
VANDALIA — Troy softball won its third straight game Wednesday.
And it had to work a little overtime to do it.
But Mackenzie Vernon stayed strong through nine innings and the Trojan defense backed her up, long enough for Troy (6-11, 4-4 Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division) to put together a string of four consecutive hits in the top of the ninth to put away a 4-1 victory at Butler (4-15, 3-4 GWOC North) to complete a season sweep of the Aviators.
“When you go nine, it’s easy to lose your focus,” Troy coach Megan Campbell said. “But our defense just got better and better. And Kylie Kiser did a great job behind the plate blocking balls in the dirt and keeping it in front of her.”
Vernon scattered five hits over the nine innings — with two of those hits coming in the bottom of the first as Butler loaded the bases but failed to score. Over 16 innings in two days, she held Butler to only three runs and got a pair of wins.
“Mackenzie showed a lot of composure today,” Campbell said. “She said she was sore today, but she worked through it. She pitched her game, kept the ball low, and the defense held.”
Victoria Adams was 2 for 4 with a double and had the eventual game-winning RBI in the top of the ninth, while Rainery Rohlfs and Alex Wilt had back-to-back hits to drive in runs to cap off that rally. Allison Pierce was 2 for 5 with a double in the game, Vernon was 2 for 4 and Brittany Sowers and Megan Schreiber were each 1 for 4.
Troy travels to Lebanon today.
TV South 0
PLEASANT HILL — Newton (8-12, 5-3 Cross County Conference) finally put together a complete game, committing zero errors and tallying 13 hits in a 10-0 run-rule victory over Twin Valley South Wednsday.
Laura Burden and Laura Oaks combined on a two-hitter, with both going three innings and allowing one hit. McKell Deeton was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Burden was 2 for 3 with two RBIs, Megan Rutledge tripled and had two RBIs, Rose Studebaker drove in two runs, Oaks was 2 for 3 and Madison Mollette was 2 for 4.
Newton hosts Tri-Village today.
TC North 1
COVINGTON — Morgan Arbogast and Brooke Gostomsky combined on a four-hitter as Covington (12-3) routed Tri-County North 10-1 in Cross County Conference play Wednesday.
Arbogast was also 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs and four RBIs at the plate, Jessica Dammeyer was 3 for 4 with a double and Morgan McReynolds was 2 for 3 in the game.
Covington hosts Bradford today.
Ansonia 4, ME 0
ANSONIA — Miami East couldn’t get anything going Wednesday at Ansonia, only managing three hits in a 4-0 Cross County Conference loss.
Meagan Pettit threw a strong game for the Vikings (7-10, 3-4 CCC), only alowing four hits and striking out 10.
“Meagan threw a solid game. We’ve just got to back her up with some hits,” Miami East coach Brian Kadel said.
Miami East hosts Arcanum today.
Franklin 11, M-U 4
MIDDLETOWN — On Tuesday, the Milton-Union Bulldogs lost to Franklin on the road 11-4 in Southwestern Buckeye League crossover play.
Anna Wilson took the loss as Franklin scored five runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to put the game away, capitalizing on four Milton-Union errors. Wilson also went 2 for 3 in the game and was the Bulldogs’ leading hitter.
“We’re just not playing good defense right now,” Schaefer said. “Hopefully we’ll get it turned around before the tournament starts.”
Milton-Union hosts Northridge today.
ME 8, Ansonia 4
ANSONIA — Three Miami East pitchers combined to shut down Ansonia Thursday in a makeup game, overcoming a number of fielding errors and unearned runs in an 8-4 Viking victory in Cross County Conference play.
Alex Brewer and Evan Bowling were both 2 for 4 with a double and Colton McKinney and Braxton Donaldson were both 1 for 3 for the Vikings (8-3), who host Arcanum today.
Madison 7, M-U 0
MIDDLETOWN — The Milton-Union Bulldogs only managed two hits Wednesday at Madison, falling 7-0 in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
Milton-Union (7-11, 5-6 SWBL Buckeye) hosts Northridge today.