By Josh Brown
EMERSON, Ga. — When Troy got hits Tuesday, they came in bunches.
The Trojan baseball team had six consecutive second-inning hits against Woodland (Ga.) — five of those being RBI singles — scoring six in the inning, building a nine-run lead and holding on late for a 10-6 victory to start off its week-long Georgia trip Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday, however, the Trojans couldn’t get anything going at the plate, falling 7-1 to Ooltewah (Tenn.).
Jacob Curcio finished the game 4 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored, Brandon Emery was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs and Jared Bair was 2 for 2 with an RBI and a run as Troy lead 6-1 after the top of the second, then added four more in the top of the fifth to go up 10-1.
“In the second inning, we had a walk, an out, a walk and then six singles in a row with one out,” Troy coach Ty Welker said. “We had five RBI singles in a row. It was pretty awesome. We ended up with 13 hits in the game — and all of them were singles. When we got them, we strung them together.”
Bair got the win, pitching 4 2-3 innings, striking out four, walking two and giving up five of Woodland’s seven hits. Most of those came in the bottom of the fifth, when Woodland plated three runs to stay alive after Troy left two runners on in the top of the fifth but missed a chance to end the game in a run-rule.
The Trojans also had a pair of assists from the outfield. Curcio doubled off a runner at second with the bases loaded on a fly ball. And in the fourth, center fielder Hayden Kotwica — who threw out a runner at third to end Saturday’s season-opening 1-0 win over Oakwood — gunned down a runner at the plate Tuesday to end the fourth inning.
Justin O’Neill pitched 1 2-3 innings of relief and gave way to Emery, who pitched 2-3 inning to earn a save.
“Jared threw really well, got a little tired in the fifth,” Welker said. “It was a good first outing for him. He threw the ball well.”
Troy took on Ooltewah (TN) Wednesday at the Perfect Game Complex in Emerson. The Trojans got a run in the top of the first, but it was all they could manage as they scattered six hits, all singles once again. Alex Riedel was 3 for 4 with an RBI in the game. Jordan Peck took the loss, giving up four runs in the bottom of the third. Ooltewah tacked on three more in the fifth to seal the Trojans’ first loss of the year.
Troy (3-1) faces North Paulding (Ga.) Thursday.
LL 5, Tipp 3;
Tipp 6, CC 2
FLORIDA — Tuesday, Tippecanoe’s struggles at the plate continued.
Wednesday, they may have ended.
After a 5-3 loss to Lexington Lafayette on Tuesday, the Red Devils (2-2) piled up 11 hits Wednesday against Christian County (KY), pulling ahead for a 6-2 victory as the team’s Florida trip reached its midway point.
Andrew Kraska and Justyn Eichbaum each had two hits against Lexington Lafayette — but the Devils had five as a team. Jacob Ambos took the loss on the mound.
“We are struggling to figure things out offensively,” Tippecanoe coach Bruce Cahill said after the game. “And every mistake we make, other teams are capitalizing against us.”
But on Wednesday, things changed.
Cole Barhorst hit a two-out, two-run single in the top of the fourth that gave the Devils a 4-0 lead over Christian County, part of a relative offensive explosion. Brandon Gotthardt finished the game 2 for 2 with a double and two RBIs, Trevor Staggs was 2 for 3 and Ambos was 2 for 4.
“We faced their No. 1, probably the best pitcher we’ve seen all week. We had 13 hits in our first three games of the year, and we had 11 today,” Cahill said. “The bats kind of came alive, and we did all of the little things we need to do. This was a good win for us.”
Nick Hoff got his first win on the mound, while Mason McClurg finished the game in relief.
Tippecanoe faces Sylvania Northview Thursday.
MV 4, ME 3
UNION CITY — Miami East (0-2, 0-1 Cross County Conference) only managed two hits Tuesday at Mississinawa Valley, falling 4-3 in its conference opener.
Kyle Webb and Braxton Donaldson each had a hit for the Vikings. Brandon Wilson took the loss on the mound.
“The kids just aren’t hitting yet,” Miami East coach Barry Coomes said. “We’ve got to pick it up, or it’s going to be a long season.”
Miami East hosts West Liberty-Salem Friday.
Northridge 0 (5)
DAYTON — Milton-Union (2-2, 2-0 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) completed a sweep of division foe Northridge Wednesday, winning easily 14-0.
Anna Willson got the win, striking out nine in four innings of work, while Taylor Jacobs worked the final inning and struck out three. The duo combined to give up only three hits.
Michaela Fullmer hit a home run and Katie Lehman was 2 for 2 with two RBIs to lead the offense, Macie Gregg went 3 for 3, Jacobs was 2 for 4 and Mason Curtis was 2 for 3.
“It was just a good, well-rounded game,” Milton-Union coach Curt Schaefer said. “We hit the ball well for three of the five innings, and our pitching was excellent.”
The Bulldogs host Preble Shawnee Friday.
ME 7, MV 2
UNION CITY — Miami East kicked off the season strong Tuesday, routing Mississinawa Valley 7-2 in Cross County Conference play.
Sam Urban was 2 for 3 with a triple and two RBIs in the game, Katie Runner was 2 for 2 with an RBI and got the win on the mound, striking out five and scattering eight hits and two walks in the complete game.
The Vikings (1-1, 1-0 CCC) fell on Wednesday 4-1 against Lehman. Details of that game were not provided at time of press. Miami East hosts CCC rival Newton Thursday.
Troy 4, Tecumseh 1
NEW CARLISLE — Troy’s tennis team improved to 2-0 on the season Wednesday, defeating Tecumseh 4-1 on the road.
At first singles, Shane Essick defeated Michael Green 6-1, 6-1. At second singles, Elijah Sadler defeated Christian Hunt 6-0, 6-1. At third singles, Matt Schmitt defeated Caleb Linder 6-0, 6-0. At first doubles, Andrew Magoteaux and Nick Prus defeated Will Sims and Allen Eben 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (5).
“The match of the day was first doubles,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said. “After losing a close first set, we were able to pull even at 5-5 in the second. We held then broke to go into a third-set tiebreaker. We were then able to jump out in front 4-0 and maintain the lead, winning it 10-5. Both first doubles teams played a great match, and our three singles players were able to sweep Tecumseh in straight sets.”
At second doubles, Jack Johnston and Anoop Patel lost to Tyler Adams and Sam Mulkey 6-4, 7-6 (4).
Troy hosts Fairmont Thursday.
M-U 3, Sidney 2
WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union Bulldogs opened the season Wednesday by sweeping all three singles spots against visiting Sidney, holding on for a 3-2 victory.
At first singles, Luke Ferguson defeated Zac Darden 6-4, 6-0. At second singles, Logan Dickison defeated Dylan Vonderhuevel 2-6, 6-1, 6-3. At third singles, Caleb Black defeated Daichi Urata 6-4, 6-2.
At first doubles, Adam Knepper and Austin Lucous lost to Michael Ferre and Connor Armstrong 6-0, 6-1. At second doubles, Jake Swafford and Ethan Dohner lost to Derek Brady and Alan Davidson 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
Milton-Union (1-0) hosts Northridge Thursday.
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