By Josh Brown
TROY — Camryn Moeller had made two errors that allowed Greenville runs to score in the game, and she was 0 for 4 at the plate.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, though, she made up for it and then some.
Moeller hit a two-run double over the left fielder’s head, a walkoff hit that gave the Troy softball team (5-2, 3-1 Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division) a thrilling come-from-behind 6-5 victory over the defending division champion Green Wave — the same team that had defeated Troy in nine innings in the very same fashion just a week before.
“Camryn had made two run-scoring errors, but she also dove to knock down a ball at third and forced a runner out at second throwing from her knees,” Troy coach Dan Cain said. “She came up in the bottom of the eighth with two of our faster runners on and two outs, and she hit one over their left fielder’s head to win it for us.
“I hit her leadoff today because she had three hits against them last week, but she got a hurt a little bit against Trotwood yesterday (18-0 and 21-1 victories for Troy in a doubleheader). She hadn’t hit one well all day until that one. She definitely redeemed herself.”
It was the Wave’s (7-2, 2-1 GWOC North) first division loss since 2014, when they lost to 8-2 Piqua but still won the league at 9-1.
Savannah Nelson hit a game-tying solo home run — her third of the season and second in as many days — Lauryn Rutan was 2 for 4 with an RBI and Natalie Henson was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI. Henson also went the distance on the mound, giving up seven hits and five walks and striking out three but pitching well enough to give her offense a chance to win it.
“The kids were all excited. Everyone was pumped,” Cain said. “I was real happy for the kids. But now we have Triad — who was in a state championship game last year — coming here tomorrow. We’re going to celebrate this one today, but we face another good team tomorrow.”
Other scores: Covington 10, Milton-Union 0 (6 innings). Butler 3, Newton 2.
Greenville 4, Troy 1
TROY — On the heels of an 11-0 and 17-0 doubleheader sweep of Trotwood on Tuesday, the Troy baseball team had plenty of chances to finish the season sweep of visiting Greenville on Wednesday.
But the Trojans (6-3, 3-1 Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division) left seven runners stranded on base and only managed one first-inning run, while the Green Wave strung together a series of hits in the top of the seventh to plate three and held on to win 4-1.
“We had a couple baserunning errors, ran ourselves into outs. And we left guys stranded in scoring position in four of the innings,” Troy coach Ty Welker said. “We had a lot of opportunities to score runs and just didn’t. We left them in the game, and they came through in the seventh.”
Jared Bair took the loss, going 6 1/3 innings, striking out five and allowing seven hits and three walks.
Jake Daniel doubled and drove in Troy’s only run and Troy Moore added a double.
The Trojans host Triad today.
Tipp 7, IL 4
LEWISTOWN — Tippecanoe committed a pair of costly errors in a three-run first inning Wednesday at Indian Lake.
But the Red Devils did enough little things right the rest of the way, and Evan Ford came on in relief to shut the door in a 7-4 victory.
Ford came in with the score 4-2 Indian Lake and in a dicey situation in the fourth inning — but his work swung the momentum Tippecanoe’s (5-4) way.
“He allowed a single to load the bases and went full on the next batter,” Tippecanoe coach Bruce Cahill said. “That kid fouled off eight straight pitches with a full count, but then Ford’s ninth pitch was a called third strike for the second out. He struck out the next batter to get us out of the inning — and that definitely changed the momentum.”
Andrew Kraska and Trevor Staggs both doubled, Aaron Hughes was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and three stolen bases and Jacob Ambos was 2 for 2 to lead the comeback as the Devils scored three in the top of the fifth to take a one-run lead and put it away with a pair in the seventh.
Tippecanoe hosts Ben Logan today.
Bethel 4, ME 2
CASSTOWN — Bethel’s Tyler Brookhart and Miami East’s Scot Kirby were locked in a pitcher’s duel Wednesday, but the Bees’ Kenton Egbert came through during a three-run fourth inning to give Bethel the advantage for good in a 4-2 Cross County Conference win.
Egbert was 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs, including a two-run hit during the three-run fourth inning rally. Brookhart, who was also 2 for 2 with an RBI in the game, did the rest on the mound, striking out eight, walking five and allowing only three hits in the complete game shutout.
Kirby struck out 11 for the Vikings, with Braxton Donaldson, Cam Coomes and Kirby collecting East’s only hits.
Bethel travels to National Trail today, while Miami East hosts Ansonia.
Other scores: Minster 3, Covington 0.
* Track and Field
WEST MILTON — With the Miami County Invitational a week away, Milton-Union played host to something of a preview Tuesday night with an eight-team invitational four teams that will be at next Tuesday’s meet.
And in their first two-mile races of track and field season, Troy’s Stephen Jones and Morgan Gigandet both turned in record-setting performances, helping the Trojans sweep second place, with the girls scoring 160 points and the boys scoring 108.5.
Gigandet broke her own school record in the 3,200, winning in 10:54.7, with teammate Olivia Tyre finishing second (11:45.3). In the 100, Annah Staley won (13.5 seconds) and Monae Harrison was second (13.6 seconds). In the 200, Staley won (28.9 seconds) and Caitlyn Cusick was second (29.2 seconds). In the pole vault, Christine Moser won (10-6) and Cusick was second (9-0), with Cusick also taking second in the long jump (13-5.25). Dasia Cole won the high jump (4-10). Katie Fetter was second in the 1,600 (6:06). Alekhya Gollamudi was second in the 400 (1:08.9). The 4×100 team was second (56.0 seconds), as was the 4×400 team (4:34).
Miami East’s girls won the team standings with 164 points. Marie Ewing won the 400 (1:03.8) and 800 (2:29.4). Kaitlyn Mack won the 300 hurdles (52.2 seconds). Lindsey Yingst won the 1,600 (6:01.2). The Vikings also swept the relays, winning the 4×800 (10:33.1), the 4×200 (1:57.5), the 4×100 (55.2 seconds) and the 4×400 (4:31). Megan Kinnison was second in the discus (119-5) and Karson Mahaney was second in the shot put (31-10.25).
Milton-Union’s girls were fifth with 63.5 points, led by Beyonce Bobbitt winning the discus (126-1) and shot put (34-7.25). The 4×800 team was second (11:41).
Newton’s girls were sixth with 47.5 points, led by Aliya Stine’s third-place finish in the long jump (13-2.5).
On the boys’ side, Troy (108.5 points) was second behind Anna (159.83). Jones won the 3,200 in a time of 9:30.3, setting a new track record that had stood since 1986 — held by Miami East’s Brad McLean (9:34). Zach Boyer won the 110 hurdles (15.5 seconds) and 300 hurdles (43.8 seconds). Cody Bishop won the 100 (11.3 seconds) and 200 (22.8 seconds). The 4×400 team won (3:37.4) and Timmy Farrier was second in the 400 (54.2 seconds).
Miami East’s boys were third with 77.33 points. Daniel Everett won the discus (133-4), Justin Brown was second in the high jump (6-1) and the 4×800 team was second (8:50).
Milton-Union’s boys were sixth with 65 points. Chris Minor was second in the shot put (39-3.25), Shannon Milnickel was second in the 800 (2:06.9) and 4×400 was second (3:43.2).
Newton’s boys were seventh with 54 points. Brady McBride won the 1,600 (4:35.9). Jack Yoder won the long jump (19-1). Will Yoder was second in the 100 (11.3 seconds) and the 4×100 team was second (48.3 seconds).
* Tipp Invitational
TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe girls won a 12-team invitational Tuesday night at Tippecanoe Middle School with 135.5 points, while the boys team finished fourth with 70.
For the girls, Sammie Rowland won the 400 (1:04.18), the long jump (15-1.25) and was part of the second-place 4×200 team (1:55.15) along with Lunden Mason, Tori Livesay and Taylor Prall. Mason also won the 200 (28.6 seconds) and Jillian Brown won the 1,600 (5:43.01). In the 3,200, Abbi Halsey won (11:58.89), Katie Taylor was second (12:02.17) and Laura Fink was third (12:21.47). In the 800, Makanzie Dietz won (2:28.59) and Kaili Titley was second (2:28.6). And in the 300 hurdles, Bekah Shininger was second (53.43 seconds) and Livesay was third (53.63 seconds).
For the boys, Mitchell Poynter won the 800 (1:58.54) and Thomas Cheney was second (2:12.29). In the 3,200, Tim Andrews won (10:05.36) and Sam Brumfield was second (10:58.01). Mason Doll was third in the pole vault (10-0) and Matthew Poynter was fourth in the 1,600 (5:05.22).
* WL-S Invitational
WEST LIBERTY — Bethel’s Korry Hamlin picked up an individual victory Tuesday night at the West Liberty-Salem Invitational Tuesday night, leading the boys to a fifth-place finish with 38 points. The Bee girls, meanwhile, finished fourth as a team with 44 points.
Hamlin won the 3,200 (10:11.41). Daniel Trimbach was third in the high jump (5-6) and long jump (17-3.25), and the 4×400 team of Trimbach, Hamlin, Connor Whelan and Peyton Chapman was third (4:22).
For the girls, Alaina Hawthorn was second in the 100 hurdles (19.5 seconds) and Bailey McCabe was second in the high jump (4-10). Kayla Grable was third in the long jump (14-4), Brooklyn Smith was third in the 100 (14.26 seconds) and the 4×400 team of Grable, Madi McCabe, Rachel Norris and Katelyn Balkcom was third (5:27.14).
TROY — Troy’s tennis team lost to one of the best teams in the area year in and year out Wednesday, falling 4-1 to Centerville for the Trojans’ first loss of the season.
Shane Essick picked up the Trojans’ (6-1) lone win at first singles, defeating Josh Giambattista 7-6 (5), 6-4.
At second singles, Elijah Sadler lost 6-0, 6-1. At third singles, Matt Schmitt lost 6-3, 6-0. At first doubles, Andrew Magoteaux and Nick Prus lost 6-1, 6-3. At second doubles, Carter Hench and Jack Johnston lost 6-2, 6-0.
“We lost to the top team in the area, but despite the scores, we gave them a battle,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said. “Shane was very consistent today and had a great day putting volleys away at the net. It was a very positive win for Shane.”
Troy hosts Trotwood today.
Preble Shawnee 1
WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union tennis team recovered from last week’s 5-0 loss at Miami Valley Tuesday night, returning to Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play with a 4-1 victory over Preblew Shawnee at home.
At first singles, Phil Brumbaugh defeated Luke Feck 6-2, 6-2. At second singles, Luke Ferguson defeated Cailin Foriest 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Caleb Black defeated Alec Hamblin 6-4, 6-0. At first doubles, Logan Dickison and Nick Brumbaugh defeated Chris Allen and Steven Carter 6-1, 6-0.
At second doubles, Adam Knepper and Ethan Dohner lost to Chucky Short and Cole Michael 6-4, 6-2.
Milton-Union (4-2) traveled to Greenville Wednesday. Following that, the Bulldogs travel to Madison today.
Lehman 4, Piqua 1
SIDNEY — Lehman picked up its first win of the season on Wednesday, defeating Piqua 4-1.
At first singles, Griffin West defeated Tyler Lavey 6-4, 6-2. At second singles, Ryan Goettemoeller defeated Josh Hanes 6-4, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (10-7). At third singles, Will Hoersten defeated J.J. Rohrbach 6-2, 6-1. At first doubles, Sam Ritze and Malachi Bezy defeated Brenden Fisher and Sean Hatke 6-0, 6-2.
At second doubles, Piqua’s Emily Williams and Brad McPherson defeated Sean Toner and Josh Armstrong 6-3, 6-4.
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