By Josh Brown
TROY — Troy senior Matt Schmitt is used to long matches.
Tuesday, the Trojans’ season opener against Fairmont hinged on his outcome.
And Schmitt was able to close out a three-set victory at third singles Tuesday afternoon at home, giving the Troy tennis team a 3-2 victory over the Firebirds to start off the new season.
At third singles, Schmitt defeated Fairmont’s Nick Fantari 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.
“The match came down to Matt Schmitt at third singles,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said. “Matt was down 2-0 in the third set and went up 4-3. Serving at 4-3, he was able to hold serve and then break for the team victory.”
The Trojans swept the doubles matches, also. At first doubles, Andrew Magoteaux and Nick Prus defeated Jake Haas and Nute Powers 6-1, 6-1. And at second doubles, Jack Johnston and Anoop Patel defeated Matt MacNealy and Aidan Robillard 6-2, 6-3.
At first singles, Shane Essick lost 6-0, 6-2 to Murad Nawaz, and at second singles, Elijah Sadler lost 6-4, 6-0 to Daniel Bendel.
“Fairmont has two strong singles players, as the scores indicate,” Goldner said. “Our doubles teams played steady tennis in their wins. This was a good win to start the season against a quality team in Fairmont.”
Troy (1-0) travels to Tecumseh Wednesday.
KR 4, Lehman 1
SIDNEY — After opening the season with a 5-0 loss at St. Marys Memorial Monday, the Lehman Cavaliers returned home Tuesday to face another tough team in Kenton Ridge, falling 4-1.
Lehman’s lone win came from third singles, where Will Hoersten won 6-2, 6-4.
At first singles, Griffin West lost 6-1, 6-4. At second singles, Ryan Goettemoeller lost 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. At first doubles, Sam Ritze and Malachi Bezy lost 6-2, 6-4. At second doubles, Toner and Armstrong lost 2-6, 6-2, ret.
Lehman (0-2) hosts Wapakoneta Wednesday.
Bethel 6, Ansonia 1
XENIA — If the season opener was any indication, the Bethel baseball team can expect big things out of freshman Kenton Egbert.
Egbert was 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs in his varsity debut Monday and also got a save ono the mound, closing out the game after a solid performance by Bees starter Tyler Brookhart in a 6-1 victory over Ansonia at Athletes in Action Field to kick off the new season.
Brookhart went five innings, only giving up one hit and one run — both of which came in the first inning — while striking out eight and walking one. Egbert shut the door, striking out five of the six batters he faced in the final two innings and adding a three-run inside-the-park home run in the top of the second that put the game out of reach.
“Our freshman had a huge game for us in his first varsity game,” Bethel coach Brett Brookhart said. “Tyler gave us a great game, only gave up one hit in the first inning, and we played great defense. This was a great way to start the season.”
Riley Shaffer was also 2 for 3 with an RBI and Zach Cohee stole four bases and scored three runs.
Bethel (1-0) travels to Tennessee Thursday to take on Gatlinburg Pittman, the beginning of a week-long trip to the state.
WEST MILTON — Krue Thwaits pitched a solid opener for Milton-Union Monday, and the Bulldogs used a four-run third inning to take control and defeat Northridge 11-6 in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play Monday.
Thwaits struck out 11 in six innings of work to get the win on the mound. Northridge took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first and led 3-2 in the middle of the second, but the Bulldogs tied it both times in their half of the inning — then blew up for four runs in the bottom of the third to take control and scored four more in the bottom of the sixth to seal it.
Zach Vagedes and Alby Baker each had two RBIs in the game, Kiefer Jones was 2 for 3 with a double and Blake Smith doubled to lead the offense.
Milton-Union (1-0, 1-0 SWBL Buckeye) travels to Northridge Wednesday.
New Knoxville 0
NEW KNOXVILLE — Covington’s Christian Nelson pitched a one-hit shutout Monday, striking out 11 to lead the Buccaneers (1-1) to an 8-0 victory at New Knoxville.
Nathan Blei was 4 for 4 with a double and three RBIs, Jarred Williams was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI and James Grilliot was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI to lead the Buccaneers offense.
Madison Cen. (KY) 11,
Tippecanoe 1 (5)
FLORIDA — Tippecanoe kicked off its Florida trip against a tough Madison Central (KY) team Monday, giving up six runs in the bottom of the first and falling 11-1 in five innings.
Justyn Eichbaum was 2 for 2 with a solo homer and Andrew Kraska was 2 for 3, the only four Red Devil hits on the day. Brad Calhoun took the loss on the mound as Madison Central piled up 11 hits and capitalized on three Tippecanoe errors.
“We played real sloppy today,” Tippecanoe coach Bruce Cahill said. “We just have to work through that and come back strong tomorrow.”
Tippecanoe faced Lexington Lafayette Tuesday.
Other scores: Mississinawa Valley 4, Miami East 3. Tri-County North 19, Bradford 2.
Wayne 5, Troy 4 (8)
HUBER HEIGHTS — The Troy softball team began coach Dan Cain’s second stint with the program with a solid effort Monday in a 5-4 loss in eight innings at Wayne.
Kearston Riley drove in a pair of runs and Hannah Wright and Savannah Nelson each had a hit and an RBI on the day, while Lauryn Rutan went 2 for 3 and Lainee Poling went 2 for 4. Natalie Henson took the loss on the mound, striking out four in eight innings of work.
Troy travels to Tippecanoe Wednesday.
Northridge 0 (5)
WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union Bulldogs bounced back in a big way after Saturday’s two losses, piling up 12 hits in a 17-0 victory over Northridge Monday at home in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
Taylor Jacobs was 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs to lead the Bulldogs (1-2, 1-0 SWBL Buckeye), Olivia Setser had two RBIs and Annika Hutchinson had a double. Mercedes Farmer had six strikeouts in three innings and Kallie Browning had four strikeouts in two innings on the mound, allowing a combined two hits.
“This was a better game than we played over the weekend. We needed that,” Milton-Union coach Curt Schaefer said. “We needed to hit the ball a little bit and put some runs on the board.”
Milton-Union faces Northridge again on the road Wednesday.
Other scores: Miami East 7, Mississinawa Valley 2. Bradford 4, Tri-County North 3.
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