By Josh Brown
TROY — After Wednesday’s loss to Greenville due to missed chances and a three-run seventh-inning rally, the Troy baseball team rebounded Thursday with a quality win over a fundamentally-sound Triad team, 6-4.
Triad had all four of its hits in a three-run first inning, putting Troy (7-3) in an early hole. But the Trojans got single runs in the second and third innings, took control with a three-run rally in the fifth and led 6-3 going into the top of the seventh behind the arm of Jordan Peck.
Peck went 6 1-3 innings to get the win, striking out only one, allowing four hits, four walks and four earned runs. Troy Moore came on with the bases loaded and one out in the seventh, walking the first man he saw but striking out the next and getting a flyout to earn a save.
“Jordan settled down after that first inning, and we started chipping away,” Troy coach Ty Welker said. “It was nice for Troy to come in and get a save like that, too, since he hadn’t pitched in a game situation since opening day.”
Jake Daniel had an RBI double that made the score 3-2, then Troy strung together a series of clutch plays in the fifth. Brandon Emery beat out an infield single, stole second and scored on an error, and Justin O’Neill and Jacob Curcio had back-to-back RBI singles to make it a 5-3 game.
Troy added one more run in the sixth, with Joseph McGillivary leading off with a single, Hayden Kotwica bunting him to second, Emery hitting a sac fly to get him to third and Jared Bair singling to drive him home.
“That may be the first run we’ve fully manufactured all year,” Welker said. “That was a big run, too. It made a big difference going into that final inning. It was nice to get hits when it mattered today.
“We could’ve hung our heads after last night, but we didn’t. It was good to see.”
Troy has a pair of road games, at West Carrollton today and Beavercreek Saturday, before a two-game series against division rival Butler Monday and Tuesday.
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TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe (6-4) won for the third time in as many days Thursday, scoring four runs in the fifth inning to take a three-run lead and then putting the game away with six in the sixth to defeat Ben Logan 12-3 at home.
Brandon Gotthardt had the eventual game-winning RBI in the fifth, with Bradley Calhoun and Cole Barhorst each driving in an insurance run to turn a 3-2 deficit into a 6-3 lead. The Raiders (6-3) committed the majority of their five errors in the sixth after that, and Tippecanoe cruised to the win. Justyn Eichbaum was 2 for 3 with a double and Aaron Hughes was 2 for 5 in the game.
Trevor Staggs got the win, striking out six in five innings of work.
Tippecanoe travels to Kenton Ridge today.
Other scores: Troy Christian 22, Xenia Christian 2. Arcanum 4, Newton 1.
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CASSTOWN — Megan Pettit had three hits, including a two-run double during the Vikings’ game-winning four-run rally in the sixth inning, and Miami East won a back-and-forth battle against Cross County Conference rival Bethel Wednesday, 10-8.
Pettit, who led the Vikings with three hits and four RBIs in the game, also got the win on the mound, striking out 10, walking three and allowing nine hits. Bri Ellish struck out three and walked four in the loss for the Bees.
Grace Anthony was 3 for 4 with two doubles, a triple and two RBIs for Bethel and Becky Schwieterman was 1 for 2 with two RBIs.
COVINGTON — Brooke Gostomsky scattered four hits and struck out six in a six-inning shutout Wednesday as the Covington Buccaneers (9-1) blanked Milton-Union 10-0.
Gostomsky was also 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, Kara Schaffer was 2 for 3 with three RBIs, Ashley Cecil was 2 for 3 with a triple, Lexie Long was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, Justice Warner had a double and two RBIs, Allison Babylon had a double and an RBI and Emma Dammeyer had an RBI.
Other scores: Triad 5, Troy 4. Tippecanoe 17, Ben Logan 12. Covington 13, Miami East 1. Arcanum 11, Newton 5.
MIDDLETOWN — The Milton-Union tennis team shuffled its lineup Thursday for a Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division matchup at Madison, and in the end the Bulldogs (5-2) came away with a 3-2 victory.
At second singles, Caleb Black won 6-3, 6-1. At first doubles, Logan Dickison and Nick Brumbaugh won 6-1, 6-0. At second doubles, Matt Brown and Ethan Dohner won 6-0, 6-0.
At first singles, Luke Ferguson lost 6-3, 6-0. At third singles, Adam Knepper lost 2-6, 6-0, 6-2.
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe won back-to-back matches to start the week Tuesday and Wednesday, shutting out Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division foe Stebbins 5-0 on Tuesday and defeating Franklin 4-1 Wednesday.
Against Stebbins, Phillip Bullard won at first singles 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Eric Staley won 6-1, 6-3. At third singles, Michael Gross won 6-2, 6-0. At first doubles, Sam and Casey Kronour won 6-4, 6-3. At second doubles, Zach Wildermuth and Dylan Shomper won 6-1, 6-4.
Against Franklin, Bullard won at first singles 6-4, 6-1. At third singles, Gross won 6-0, 6-1. At first doubles, Sam and Casey Kronour won 6-3, 2-6, 6-1. At second doubles, Evan Hill and Shomper won 6-2, 6-1. At second singles, Eric Staley lost 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Tippecanoe (2-1, 1-0) hosts Tecumseh today.
* Track and Field
WEST CARROLLTON — Bethel’s track and field team went to West Carrollton Wednesday for the makeup day of the Bogan Relays, with the girls taking seventh place with 32 points and the boys 11th with nine points.
Bailey McCabe and Alaina Hawthorn won the high jump with a total of 9-6, the distance medley team of Kaitlyn Balkcom, Madi McCabe, Kayla Grable and Rachel Sebastian was third (15:27.44), Bailey McCabe and Grable were fourth in the long jump (24-6) and the sprint medley team of Brooklyn Smith, Rachel Norris, Hawthorn and Bailey McCabe was fourth (2:07.2).
The distance medley team of Connor Whelan, Peyton Inman, Daniel Garcia and Korry Hamlin was second (12:44.88).
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