By Josh Brown
TROY — Troy Christian’s Scott Douglas finished the regular season undefeated on the mound and the Metro Buckeye Conference’s leader in strikeouts and wins.
Chase Hayden finished tied with teammate Cameron Davee for the MBC lead in RBIs.
Monday, those two things came together at the perfect time as the eighth-seeded Eagles (16-5) held off No. 10 Cedarville in eight innings for a 3-2 victory to advance in the Division IV sectional baseball tournament.
Scott Douglas pitched an eight-inning complete game to get the victory, keeping the score tied at 2-2 going into the bottom of the eighth. Hayden took advantage of that opportunity, driving in the game-winning run with a walkoff single to propel the Eagles into the next round.
Troy Christian travels to No. 5 Franklin Monroe Wednesday, with a berth in the sectional title game on the line.
JC 5 (5)
COVINGTON — No. 7 Covington fell behind 4-0 after two innings Monday, but a five-run second inning by the Buccaneers opened the floodgates in a 15-5 victory in five innings over No. 10 Jackson Center in the first round of the Division IV sectional tournament.
James Grilliot was 4 for 4 with a double and three RBIs, Coleman Ryan was 3 for 4 with an RBI, Nathan Blei doubled and had two RBIs, Jared Williams and Levi Winn both had two RBIs and Mason Dilley doubled. Christian Nelson got the win on the mound, striking out six, walking four and allowing only three hits.
Covington travels to No. 2 Triad Wednesday.
Miami East 0
SPRINGFIELD — Miami East’s season came to an end Monday in the first round of the Division III sectional tournament as No. 5 Northeastern scored all nine of its runs in the third inning and defeated the No. 16 Vikings 9-0.
The Vikings managed only four hits in the game and couldn’t mount a threat. Scot Kirby, Braxton Donaldson, Brandon Wilson and Mitchell Vernon all saw time on the mound in the game.
National Trail 6,
XENIA — Bethel’s Division III sectional tournament run came to an end before it could get started Monday, as the No. 8 Bees were upset by No. 10 National Trail 6-3 in the first round at Athletes in Action Field in Xenia after the game had to be moved there due to field conditions.
Bethel (10-12) still has a regular season game against Franklin Monroe to complete, but it was rained out Tuesday and not immediately rescheduled.
Tipp 4, Urbana 0
TIPP CITY — Bradley Calhoun pitched his fourth complete game in a row Monday as the Tippecanoe Red Devils did their part to draw even in the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division race with a 4-0 regular season victory over visiting Urbana — yet they still need help to earn a share of the league title.
Calhoun struck out seven in a three-hit shutout.
“Bradley pitched an outstanding game,” Tippecanoe coach Bruce Cahill said. “It’s amazing what a little confidence will do. Since the Troy game, he’s thrown four straight complete games. He’s really dominant right now, and it’s great to see.”
Cole Barhorst was 2 for 2 with two RBIs and Calhoun added an RBI single in the game, as well.
“We hit the ball, had a couple of sacrifice bunts, moved guys over and manufactured some runs,” Cahill said. “That was good to see.”
It all leaves Tippecanoe (18-7, 12-4 CBC Kenton Trail) waiting to see what Kenton Ridge does — in a pair of games, too.
Currently, the Devils await the winner between Kenton Ridge and Urbana in the Division II sectional tournament, hosting a second-round game on Thursday. That Kenton Ridge-Urbana game was scheduled for Tuesday, but that game was rained out and postponed to Wednesday.
In addition, Kenton Ridge — which is 12-3 in the Kenton Trail with one CBC game remaining — hosts Mad River Division winner Indian Lake (17-7, 13-2 CBC Mad River) on Friday. If the Lakers win, Tippecanoe will earn a share of the Kenton Trail title alongside Kenton Ridge.
Triad 5 (8)
NORTH LEWISBURG —Never count out the Bulldogs.
No. 10 Milton-Union, which struggled throughout the regular season this year following a pair of district tournament appearances in a row, upset No. 5 Triad — which was a state semifinalist last season in D-IV — defeating the Cardinals 6-5 in eight innings in the Division III sectional softball tournament opener for both teams Monday at Triad.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead but Triad responded with a pair in the fifth to cut the lead to one. Milton-Union made it a 5-2 game in the top of the seventh, but the Cardinals plated three in the bottom of the inning to force extra innings.
But Bri Stone hit an RBI double in the top of the eighth inning to put Milton-Union on top, and Mercedes Farmer and the defense held the Cardinals in check in the bottom of the eighth to advance to the second round.
Farmer went the distance for the Bulldogs to get the win, striking out four and giving up eight hits. Taylor Jacobs and Michaela Fullmer were both 2 for 4 and Annika Hutchinson hit a two-run single.
“We played a complete, full game,” Milton-Union coach Curt Schaefer said. “I’m proud of the girls for playing all eight innings. Mercedes pitched an excellent game and was strong and confident all the way through. We had a lot of good hits at the plate, and the girls put themselves in a position to win the game and finished.”
The Bulldogs travel to Arcanum Wednesday to face the tournament’s top seed.
Miami East 0
SPRINGFIELD — No. 3 Northwestern put together a seven-run first inning Monday night, capitalizing on six Miami East errors throughout the game and defeating the No. 12 Vikings 9-0 in the first round of the Division III sectional tournament.
Jenna Patton was 2 for 3 in the game for Miami East, which only managed four hits in the game as a team and finished the season 4-17. Megan Pettit pitched the final five innings, walking out four, striking out one and giving up only two hits.
Bethel 0 (5)
WEST LIBERTY — No. 4 West Liberty-Salem knocked off No. 13 Bethel 10-0 in five innings Monday night, advancing to the Division III sectional tournament’s second round and eliminating the Bees from postseason play.
Piqua 3, Fairmont 2
PIQUA — No. 8 Piqua put together a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning, with Reynna Lavey hitting a walkoff RBI single off the fence in right field to give the Indians a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over No. 19 Fairmont Monday in Piqua.
Piqua (21-5) will host No. 10 Troy, which the Indians split with and shared the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division title with during the regular season, in the second round on Wednesday.
Other scores: Monday, regular season — Tippecanoe (8-13, 7-9 CBC Kenton Trail) 10, Urbana 4. Tuesday, D-IV sectional — Mechanicsburg 7, Newton 1. Bradford 10, Mississinawa Valley 0. Lehman 3, Tri-Village 0.
A large portion of Tuesday’s sectional baseball and softball slate was rained out and moved to Wednesday.
In Division I, Troy’s home baseball game against Greenville and Piqua’s home game against Tecumseh — both first-round games — were postponed to Wednesday.
In Division III, Milton-Union’s baseball tournament game at Brookville — which had already been bumped from Monday to Tuesday, was rescheduled from Tuesday to Wednesday. As a result, the second-round game against Arcanum for the winner was bumped to Thursday.
The Division II softball sectional first-round game between Tippecanoe and Oakwood, to be played at Tippecanoe Middle School, was also postponed until Wednesday.
Bethel baseball and softball also had regular season makeup games at Franklin Monroe scheduled for Tuesday, but both were rained out with no makeup date immediately set.
Editor’s note: Results from the Division II sectional tennis tournament, which was moved indoors to Dayton Center Courts, were not available at time of press.
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