By Josh Brown
SPRINGFIELD — Tippecanoe’s struggles may have continued on Tuesday, but one shot helped the Red Devils turn things around on Wednesday.
After an error-filled 7-3 loss Tuesday at Springfield Shawnee to start off a two-game Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division series, the Devils rebounded Wednesday, kickstarted by a three-run blast by Brandon Calhoun and completed by a solid outing on the mound and a better defensive performance in a 5-1 victory over the Braves.
“We needed that,” Tippecanoe baseball coach Bruce Cahill said. “We’ve been struggling lately, and we definitely needed that.”
Tippecanoe began Tuesday’s matchup at Springfield Shawnee strong, scoring three runs in the top of the first. But the Braves (5-2, 2-1 CBC Kenton Trail) bounced back with five runs over the first two innings, capitalizing on Red Devil errors. Aaron Hughes was the losing pitcher for Tippecanoe, which committed five errors as a team in the game.
“Aaron didn’t pitch bad at all. We had three errors in the first inning and some misplayed balls that weren’t errors,” Cahill said. “It would’ve been nice to have seen how he pitched if we played defense behind him.”
Trevor Staggs was 2 for 3 with a double, the lone Devil with multiple hits on the day.
On Wednesday, though, the Devils got exactly what they needed, both in the field and at the plate.
It began in the bottom of the fourth. Andrew Kraska — who was 2 for 4 in the game — gave Tippecanoe the lead with an RBI single, then Jacob Ambos walked to put two runners on for Calhoun, who hit a three-run shot to put the Devils up 4-0.
“That was the big hit. We haven’t been getting those, and that was a big one,” Cahill said. “It helped us relax after that.”
Brandon Gotthardt added a double as the Devils took a 5-0 lead, and Evan Ford did the rest. The Tippecanoe starter went the distance, striking out seven and scattering five hits and two walks as the Devils committed their only error in the top of the seventh to allow one unearned run.
“Evan pitched a great game, and we only made one error,” Cahill said. “We needed that.”
Tippecanoe (3-4, 1-1 CBC Kenton Trail) travels to Indian Lake today, weather permitting.
TV 7, ME 5
NEW MADISON — Miami East couldn’t finish off a seventh-inning rally Tuesday at Tri-Village, leaving the bases loaded in its final at-bat in a 7-5 Cross County Conference loss.
Brandon Wilson got the loss in relief as the Patriots scored two in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a 6-5 lead, adding an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. The Vikings (0-4, 0-1 CCC) loaded the bases with none out in the seventh, but a one-two-three double play back to the pitcher helped Tri-Village escape unscathed.
Braxton Donaldson was 2 for 4 in the game offensively and Cam Coomes was 1 for 1 with two walks.
Madison 12, M-U 6
WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union softball team suffered its first Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division loss of the season Wednesday, giving up six seventh-inning runs in a 12-6 loss to visiting Madison.
Anna Willson took the loss on the mound, entering the game in the fifth as the Mohawks fought back to tie the score at 6-6 heading into the seventh. The Bulldogs (4-3, 4-1 SWBL Buckeye) committed six errors in the game — most of those in that six-run seventh by Madison.
“We controlled the game halfway through, but then we had some costly errors in the seventh with the game tied 6-6,” Milton-Union coach Curt Schaefer said. “If we can get out of that, we come up in the bottom of the inning with the score still tied, but we just made some unfortunate mistakes. But the girls played hard and didn’t give up the whole game, and hopefully we can get them when we see them on Friday.”
Milton-Union travels to Madison Friday to finish the season series with the Mohawks.
Covington 13, Ansonia 1
ANSONIA — Lexi Long homered to lead a 13-run onslaught Tuesday and the Covington Buccaneers put away Ansonia 13-1 in five innings on the road in Cross County Conference play.
Long was 2 for 2 with a double and home run, Justice Warner was 2 for 2 with a double, Sara Hubbord was 2 for 3, Kara Schaffer was 2 for 3 with a double, Brooke Gostomsky was 2 for 2 with a double and Emma Dammeyer doubled. Gostomsky also got the win on the mound, striking out 10 and scattering nine hits over five innings.
Newton 8, NT 7
PLEASANT HILL — Kylee Fisher hit an RBI single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh Tuesday afternoon, giving the Newton Indians their first victory of the season, 8-7 over visiting National Trail in Cross County Conference play.
Newton had taken a two-run lead into the top of the seventh thanks to an RBI double by Madison Mollette in the bottom of the sixth, but the Blazers fought back to force the Indians to hit in the bottom of the inning. Fisher finished the game in walk-off fashion, however, and Newton improved to 1-4 on the year. Kristen Rappold went the distance and got the win on the mound.
ME 12, TV 3
NEW MADISON — Miami East scored four first-inning runs Tuesday and added four more in the third, cruising to a 12-3 Cross County Conference victory at Tri-Village.
Meagan Caudill set the table for the Vikings all day, going 4 for 5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Kati Runner had an RBI single and Allie Shore a two-run double in the first, then Megan Pettit hit an RBI double in the third to punctuate the Vikings’ second four-run inning. Runner added another RBI single in the sixth for insurance.
Pettit got the win, striking out three, walking nine and giving up only two hits in 3 2-3 innings.
Other scores: Tuesday — Springfield Shawnee 11, Tippecanoe (0-3, 0-1 Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division) 2. Wednesday — Covington 10, Tri-Village 0.
Troy 5, Stebbins 0
TROY — The Troy tennis team won its third straight shutout in as many days Wednesday, blanking Stebbins 5-0 to improve to 5-0 on the season.
At first singles, Shane Essick won 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Elijah Sadler won 6-0, 6-1. At third singles, Matt Schmitt won 6-0, 6-0. At first doubles, Andrew Magoteaux and Nick Prus won 6-2, 6-1. At second doubles, Carter Hench and Jack Johnston won 6-1, 6-0.
Troy hosts Springboro today.
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