By Josh Brown
KETTERING — Six days ago, a host of Trojan errors proved costly in a 7-3 regular season loss at Fairmont.
And while the fourth-seeded Firebirds capitalized on both of the Trojan errors Thursday, the ninth-seeded Troy baseball team stepped up and played a solid game in the second round of the Division I sectional tournament, missing its chances in a 2-1 loss in nine innings.
“We left 13 runners on base,” Troy coach Ty Welker said. “We had a lot of hits, just none of them with runners in scoring position. We left the bases loaded in the first inning, did it again in the seventh and eighth. Left guys on third. We had our chances, but in the end we played a great game against a great team.”
Troy got its only run in the top of the first. Jared Bair drew a walk and Austin Barney and Alex Riedel hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. Hayden Kotwica then drew a bases-loaded walk to give Troy a 1-0 lead.
The Trojans held that lead until the bottom of the seventh. A leadoff error, a sacrifice bunt, a wild pitch and a sac fly tied the score and forced extra innings. Then in the bottom of the ninth, another leadoff error started things off wrong and Fairmont had runners on second and third with the No. 3 hitter up. Troy elected to intentionally walk him, but then, on a full count, the next batter drew a walkoff walk to end the game.
“Jordan Peck threw a heck of a game,” Welker said. “He pitched all nine innings, only struck out a couple and walked a couple, and — other than our two errors — we played decent defense behind him. That bases-loaded walk was not a representation of Peck’s game. He kept their hitters off balance all night.”
Troy finished the season 16-12.
“They played a clean game defensively, and we did not in only a couple of situations,” Welker said. “Leadoff hitters reaching on errors changes the whole complexion of the game. But we definitely represented ourselves well today. We have nothing to be ashamed of.”
No 18 Tecumseh 5,
No. 12 Piqua 2
PIQUA — The 12th-seeded Piqua Indians suffered an upset in the Division I sectional tournament Wednesday, falling 5-2 to No. 18 Tecumseh at Hardman Field.
Piqua finished the season 10-14.
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe looked like a No. 1 seed Thursday night, shutting out No. 7 Urbana for the second time in four days as Aaron Hughes pitched a three-hitter in a 5-0 victory in the second round of the Division II sectional tournament at Tippecanoe Middle School.
Hughes struck out seven and walked one, and the Red Devil (19-7) defense was perfect behind him with no errors.
“It was just another Aaron Hughes performance. He’s throwing the heck out of the ball right now,” Tippecanoe coach Bruce Cahill said. “It’s nice to have someone like him as we got deeper into the tournament. That makes him 7-1 on the season.”
Bradley Calhoun was 2 for 2 with a double and three RBIs to lead the way offensively. He hit a two-run single in a three-run first inning, and then he hit an RBI double to make it 4-0 in the third — plenty of support for Hughes. Trevor Staggs was also 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI and Andrew Kraska doubled and scored a run.
Tippecanoe will play in the sectional final May 19 at Tecumseh, facing either No. 2 Springfield Shawnee or No. 3 Indian Lake.
XC 0 (6)
PLEASANT HILL — Newton will be making its third straight trip to the Division IV sectional title game after Wednesday’s 10-0 second-round victory over Xenia Christian at home.
And after the outing Treg Jackson — a sophomore — had, there may be more in the future.
Jackson pitched a one-hitter for the third-seeded Indians, striking out 14 Ambassadors in the six-inning shutout.
“That makes him 6-1 on the season, and it brings his ERA down to 1.83,” Newton coach Nathan Kopp said. “His last game, he struck out 13. Tonight, he struck out 14. That’s 77 strikeouts in 48 innings pitched. He’s been really dominant. He’s been overpowering at times, but at the same time, he hits his spots and throws his curveball for strikes.”
The Indians, meanwhile, didn’t need to do much offensively. Austin Evans had two of their four hits in the game as 12th-seeded Xenia Christian issued a number of free passes and committed six errors in the game.
Newton will face No. 7 seed Twin Valley South Wednesday at Duke Park for the sectional title.
FM 2, TC 1
PITSBURG — The eighth-seeded Troy Christian Eagles jumped out on top at No. 5 Franklin Monroe in the second round of the Division IV sectional tournament, but the Jets rallied and held on for a 2-1 victory.
Troy Christian finished the season 16-6.
NORTH LEWISBURG — Covington coach Mitch Hirsch was optimistic that his team was capable of making a long tournament run – if it could find a way to get through a brutal sectional.
“This sectional is stacked every year,” Hirsch said. “You have us, Fort Loramie, Triad, Mechanicsburg, Russia, Lehman, Riverside – there are six or seven teams in the Troy upper and lower sectionals capable of winning districts. I felt we had the team this year to do it.”
Unfortunately, with all of those quality teams, just two will advance past the sectional. And more unfortunately, Hirsch and the Buccaneers will not be one of them after suffering a 4-0 loss to #2 seeded Triad on Wednesday.
For Covington, Jared Williams and Levi Winn both went 2 for 3 and Nathan Blei recorded a hit.
Blei went the distance on the hill for Covington as he only gave up one earned run and limited a very potent Triad lineup to seven hits.
Covington finished the season 11-10.
TVS 8, Bradford 3
BRADFORD – No. 6 seed Bradford baseball team lost 8-3 to No. 7 Twin Valley South in its opening round game of the Division IV sectional tournament Wednesday.
Bryson Canan went 2 for 3 for Bradford. Mason Justice was 2 for 4. Walker Branson had a double and a RBI and Andy Branson added a double.
SIDNEY — Lehman catcher Max Schutt made the Botkins Trojans pay for intentionally walking the batter ahead of him in the third inning, and it spurred Lehman to a 10-3 win in Division IV Sectional semifinal play at Lehman Wednesday.
The Cavaliers (19-3) will play Russia in a D-IV sectional final Wednesday at a site to be determined.
In the bottom of the third, Brandon Barhorst singled and stole second, and after an out, Botkins chose to intentionally walk hot-hitting Nate Bosway. But Schutt spoiled the move by belting a three-run homer to left for a 3-0 lead. Dylan Arnold then followed with a solo homer.
Riley and Bosway combined on a four-hitter, with nine strikeouts and four walks.
Schutt was 3 for 3 with a double, a homer, three runs scored and four RBIs for the Cavs. Barhorst had three hits and scored twice, Stephen Monnin had two doubles and drove in two, and Arnold had two hits, scored twice and drove in two.
BROOKVILLE — No. 11 Milton-Union struggled against its Division III sectional tournament opponent Brookville during the regular season, and the No. 9 Blue Devils won their third straight over the Bulldogs on Wednesday, winning 7-0 to end Milton-Union’s season.
The Bulldogs finished the year 7-13.
ARCANUM — Tenth-seeded Milton-Union may have surprised No. 5 Triad.
And they definitely stunned No. 1 Arcanum Wednesday.
But its hardly a surprise to the Bulldog program anymore, as Milton-Union shocked the Trojans 4-3 in the second round of the Division III sectional tournament to advance to the sectional title game, in search of its third straight district berth.
“It was just another complete game by the girls, like we played against Triad,” Milton-Union coach Curt Schaefer said. “We’re playing at the top of our game right now.”
Mercedes Farmer pitched a complete game, giving up five hits and no walks while striking out six.
Hannah Oaks was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, Macie Gregg was 3 for 4 with a double and Michaela Fullmer was 2 for 4 as the Bulldogs grabbed a 1-0 lead after the top of the first and led 2-0 after three. Arcanum tied the score in the bottom of the fifth, but the Bulldogs scored two in the top of the seventh and held on from there.
“We had some big hits, we did smart things on the bases and we’re just all playing really well,” Schaefer said. “I can’t say any more about how the girls are playing. I’m just so proud right now. Hopefully it continues.”
Milton-Union will face No. 6 Indian Lake in the sectional title game Monday at Northmont.
Tipp Advances to
TIPP CITY — No. 6 Tippecanoe had to wait an extra day to face No. 11 Oakwood in the first round of the Division II sectional tournament, but the Red Devils were still ready, routing the Jills 11-0.
Kaity Stocker hit a three-run home run in the game to lead the way offensively, with Ashley Shepherd and Taylor Yeager also going 2 for 2. Sierra Sutton pitched a shutout, striking out five.
Tippecanoe advanced to Thursday’s second round, where it hosted No. 12 Meadowdale — and won in another 11-0 rout to advance to next week’s sectional final.
Sutton pitched a perfect game, striking out 11, while Stocker hit another three-run homer.
Tippecanoe (10-14) will face No. 1 Greenville Tuesday at Piqua.
Other scores: Division IV sectional — No. 1 Covington 8, No. 10 Lehman 1. No. 4 Houston 4, No. 6 Bradford 2.
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