By Josh Brown
CENTERVILLE — The Troy tennis team — which clinched its first Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division championship since 2003 earlier this week — competed at the GWOC gold flight tournament Thursday at Centerville, finishing fourth on the day.
Troy was fourth with 26 points, just behind third-place Beavercreek’s 27. Host Centerville swept first place at every spot and won with the maximum 45 points and Springboro was runner-up with 32.
The Trojans took third place at three separate spots. At third singles, Matt Schmitt defeated Fairmont’s Cole Wrigglesworth 8-2, lost to Springboro’s Andrew Rhoden 9-8 (7) and defeated Beavercreek’s Ziyu Zuo 8-6 to place third.
At first doubles, Andrew Magoteaux and Nick Prus defeated Springfield’s Jon Manning and Aashi Patel 8-0, lost to Centerville’s Guy Kaskocsak and Kai Meier 8-4 and defeated Springboro’s Jared Puckett and Ishan Rola 9-7 to place third.
At second doubles, Carter Hench and Jack Johnston defeated Lebanon’s Pat Butler and Constantine Stropols 8-2, lost to Springboro’s Rohan Krishnan and Matt Satter 8-2 and defeated Beavercreek’s Daniel Rodriguez and Hayden Clark 8-2 to place third.
At first singles, Shane Essick placed fourth. He defeated Springfield’s Nick Pavlatos 8-6, lost to Centerville’s Josh Giambattista 8-0 and lost to Fairmont’s Murad Nawaz 8-2.
At second singles, Elijah Sadler placed fifth. He lost to Lebanon’s Evan Doughman 9-7, defeated Northmont’s Justin Dorsten then defeated Fairmont’s Nick Fantaci 8-6.
The Trojans host Northmont Monday before beginning Division I sectional play on Thursday in Troy.
KETTERING — The Troy baseball team didn’t show its best self Friday at Fairmont.
Fairmont didn’t necessarily play its entire hand, either.
The Trojans gave up five unearned runs on three errors Friday at Fairmont, falling behind early and never getting anything going offensively in a 7-3 loss to the Firebirds in a potential sectional tournament second-round preview.
The ninth-seeded Trojans (15-10) host No. 15 Greenville in a first-round game on Tuesday, with the winner traveling to No. 4 Fairmont on Thursday.
“That’s a good baseball team. They weren’t co-(Greater Western Ohio Conference) Central Division champs for nothing,” Troy coach Ty Welker said. “I don’t think they really threw anyone at us today, and we mixed our lineup up a bit, got 15 of our guys some playing time, which was nice. We wanted to compete in this game still, and we did. We were still battling in the final inning.”
Austin Barney — who had more than half of the team’s five hits, going 3 for 3 with a double at the plate — pitched the first two innings and gave up five runs, only one earned. Nick Matney pitched the final four innings, also giving up an unearned run.
“Barney ended up throwing 50 pitches in the first two innings, didn’t have his best stuff. And we didn’t help with the errors,” Welker said. “Matney came in and settled things down, but it was a little out of hand by then. At this point in the season, it’s time to execute, offensively, defensively and on the mound. If we do that, we’ll be in good shape.”
Troy host Kenton Ridge in the regular season finale Saturday.
NEW LEBANON — Dixie drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday night, handing Milton-Union a tough 5-4 loss in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
The Bulldogs were outhit 7-6 in the game, with no Milton-Union players getting more than one hit in the game. Kiefer Jones was 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run, Zach Vagedes drove in a run and Blake Smith, Krue Thwaits and Alby Baker each scored a run.
Thwaits took the loss in relief, going 2 1-3 innings, striking out four, walking two and giving up only two hits. Baker, the starter, struck out four, walked four and gave up five hits in four innings of work.
Milton-Union travels to Brookville Monday to open sectional tournament play.
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HOUSTON — The Newton softball team kicked off the Houston Invitational Friday afternoon against Indian Lake, posting a narrow 3-2 victory.
Maddie Mollette was 1 for 2 — including the game-winning RBI single that put the Indians on top for good. Pitcher Kristen Rappold and the defense did the rest, as Rappold pitched a complete game, struck out two, walked one and hit a batter but held the Lakers in check in the seventh to close it out.
Newton has a pair of games on Saturday, beginning with Sidney at 10 a.m.
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WEST MILTON — Milton-Union couldn’t make the most of its chances Friday, leaving too many runners stranded in a 6-5 loss to National Trail to finish the regular season.
Three pitchers combined to only give up five hits, as three Bulldog errors proved costly. At the plate, Anna Willson had two RBIs, Taylor Jacobs was 2 for 4 and Bri Stone and Macie Gregg each doubled.
Milton-Union travels to Triad for a first-round sectional tournament game Monday.
* Track and Field
NEW CARLISLE — The Bethel track and field teams both took fourth at a quad at Tecumseh Thursday night, with the girls scoring 25 points and the boys scoring 22 points.
For the girls, Bailey McCabe won the high jump (4-8) and was second in the long jump (13-10.5).
For the boys, Daniel Trimbach won the long jump (19-1) and the 200 (24.9 seconds).
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