By Josh Brown
and Ben Robinson
MIAMI COUNTY — Thursday proved to be a total wash.
The upcoming weekend didn’t get off to a very good start, either.
All of Thursday’s local baseball and softball games and tennis matches were postponed due to inclement weather, and some schools even began cancelling events for Friday and Saturday due to the cold temperatures and threat of even more rain — and possibly even snow.
Troy’s home softball game against Greenville was bumped back a day to 5 p.m. Friday. The Trojans lost to the defending Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division champion Green Wave 5-4 in nine innings on Monday to begin the two-game season series. Also, Troy baseball’s game at St. Henry was cancelled — with the baseball team scheduled to host Greenville Friday, as well. The Troy tennis team’s home match against Springboro — which would have been the team’s fourth in as many days — was also postponed.
Tippecanoe baseball and softball saw their games at Indian Lake postponed. The Tippecanoe tennis team’s home match against Tecumseh was also postponed.
Troy Christian’s home baseball game against Middletown Christian was postponed and rescheduled for April 18.
Miami East baseball and softball’s home games against Ansonia were postponed.
Covington baseball and softball’s home games against Bethel were also postponed. In addition, since Greenville’s game against Troy was rescheduled for Friday, Covington softball’s game at Greenville Friday was cancelled.
Piqua baseball’s game at Springboro was postponed.
Bradford’s home baseball game against New Knoxville was postponed and rescheduled for April 11. In addition, Bradford’s previously-postponed baseball and softball games at Twin Valley South were rescheduled for April 13.
Friday night’s cancellations began, as well, as the Miami East Invitational track and field meet was cancelled.
And Newton’s third annual Cancer Classic softball tournament was cancelled, as well, erasing a number of games both Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
Also Saturday, Milton-Union baseball’s home doubleheader against Tri-Village was cancelled. Troy Christian baseball’s doubleheader at Bradford was bumped back two hours, with games now beginning at 1 and 3 p.m.
TV 10, Covington 8
COVINGTON — Trailing 12-11 in the bottom of the seventh inning to Tri-Village the Covington Buccaneers had runners on first and third with one out and the top of the order coming to the plate when suddenly the clouds opened up with a heavy downpour of rain.
The game was called and Covington was forced to see a potential comeback win end officially as a 10-8 loss due to OHSAA rules stating the game reverts to the last completed inning when the contest is called due to weather or darkness.
“It really stinks because I’m pretty confident we would have won the game if we could have had five more minutes,” said a dejected Covington coach Mitch Hirsch. “We had runners at the corners with one out and (James) Grilliot was coming up. He was already three-for-four with a double and was making good contact on the ball all night.”
Covington (2-3, 1-1 Cross County Conference) committed four errors, walked eight batters and gave up eight runs in the first four innings — five of those being unearned.
“They scored eight runs on just two hits in the first four innings because we just weren’t there,” Hirsch said. “We did it to ourselves. We let this one get away.”
Madison 10, M-U 9
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union lost for the first time this season on Wednesday, falling 10-9 to Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division foe Madison.
The Bulldogs travel to Madison Friday.
Covington 10, TV 0
COVINGTON — Covington played host to Tri-Village on Wednesday in a make-up game and used the momentum gained from a big win on Tuesday at Ansonia to record a second straight run-rule victory by the score of 10-0.
“We hit the ball well again tonight,” Covington softball coach Dean Denlinger said after his team pounded out 16 hits in five innings of action. “That’s back-to-back games we’ve hit the ball pretty well.”
And Covington (8-1, 3-0 Cross County Conference) received a solid pitching and defensive effort as well as Brooke Gostomsky hurled a complete game two-hitter. She struck out 10 and walked just three, while the defense behind her committed just one error.
Gostomsky was also 3 for 3 with a double, a homer and two RBIs, Kara Schaffer was 3 for 3 with two doubles and an RBI, Ashley Cecil was 3 for 3 with two stolen bases and an RBI, Arianna Richards was 3 for 4 with two RBIs, Allison Babylon was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs and Lexie Long had a double.
* Track and Field
SPRINGFIELD — Bethel’s girls track and field team defeated Northwestern in a dual Wednesday night, scoring 65 points, while the boys finished second with 40 points.
For the girls, Alaina Hawthorn won the 100 hurdles (20.78 seconds), Brooklyn Smith won the 100 (14.97 seconds), Kaitlyn Balkcom won the 1,600 (6:47), Bailey McCabe won the 400 (1:09.55), Olivia Rust won the 800 (3:06), Maggie Kahler won the 200 (30.58 seconds) and Rachel Sebastian won the 3,200 (15:43). The 4×800 team of Sebastian, Kayla Grable, Rust and Balkcom won (12:33), the 4×200 team of Jasmine Krieder, Hawthorn, Sophie Yarwick and Smith won (2:09.14), the 4×100 team of Kahler, Hannah Marzolf, Yarwick and Smith won (59.89 seconds) and the 4×400 team of Grable, Kahler, Balkcom and Makenzie Hoeferlin won.
For the boys, Korry Hamlin won the 400 (57.97 seconds) and 800 (2:19), Daniel Trimbach won the long jump (17-1) and 200 (26.8 seconds), the 4×800 team of Hamlin, Peyton Chapman, Connor Whelan and Daniel Garcia won (10:24) and the 4×400 team of Hamlin, Trimbach, Garrett Gatrell and Chapman won (4:19).
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