By Josh Brown
SPRINGFIELD — It took Tippecanoe all week, but it finally finished off the season sweep of Kenton Ridge Friday.
After the first game was rained out on Monday and moved to the end of the week, the Red Devils got strong pitching from both Brandon Gotthardt and Evan Ford, good enough to make a four-run second inning stand up for a critical 6-2 Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division victory Friday in Springfield.
Gotthardt went the first four innings, striking out two and earning the win, and Ford pitched a scoreless final three innings and struck out five for a save.
“It was Brandon’s first high school start, and he did a nice job keeping us in the game despite our three early errors,” Tippecanoe baseball coach Bruce Cahill said. “Both guys pitched really well today. Evan has been outstanding for us in relief.”
Gotthardt was also 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Aaron Hughes doubled to help the Devils (7-4, 5-1 CBC Kenton Trail) win their fourth straight CBC game this week — and fifth straight overall.
“All in all, this was a good win for us,” Cahill said. “We had this tough stretch of four league games in a row, and we won them all. The guys are confident and feeling good about themselves now.”
Tippecanoe faces Oakwood today in a doubleheader.
Troy 16, WC 1 (5)
WEST CARROLLTON — Troy (8-3) pounded out 12 singles and did all the little things right offensively Friday, while Hayden Kotwica put together a quality outing in a 16-1 victory at West Carrollton in non-league play.
Kotwica pitched all five innings, striking out two, walking none and giving up only four hits — all singles — and no earned runs. Drake McDonagh was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs, Jacob Curcio had three RBIs and Brandon Emery was 2 for 2 with three runs scored to lead the offense.
“It was nice. We hit a lot of line drives and hard grounders and forced them to play defense,” Troy coach Ty Welker said. “We moved runners over and did all the little things we’re working on — and Kotwica threw well. He had his best outing of the year so far.”
Troy travels to Beavercreek today.
TCN 7, Bethel 2
BRANDT — Bethel (2-6, 2-2 Cross County Conference) continued to struggle Friday despite a solid outing from Sam McKinney as Tri-County North plated four seventh-inning runs to put away a 7-2 victory at Bethel.
“Sam gave us a great game,” Bethel coach Brett Brookhart said. “He pitched six strong innings, and he got a little tired in the seventh, I think. But we hung with one of the top teams in our league. Tri-County North is a really good team.”
Riley Schaffer doubled and had an RBI, Dimitri Reed singled and had an RBI and Hunter Shelley had a double as Bethel only managed five hits in the game.
Bethel faces Ponitz today in a doubleheader.
Covington 11, ME 7
CASSTOWN — Covington committed five errors, but Miami East committed six as the Buccaneers defeated the Vikings 11-7 Thursday night.
Nathan Blei got the win for Covington, going 6 1-3 innings, striking out 10 and walking two. Kenny Atkinson finished off the game to get a save. Austin Rutledge took the loss for the Vikings.
Arcanum 4, Newton 1
ARCANUM — Newton (7-3, 2-2 Cross County Conference) faced an Ohio State signee in Arcanum’s starting pitcher Thursday, only managing three hits in a 4-1 loss on the road.
Andrew Dilts had two of those hits for Newton with a pair of infield singles. Austin Evans pitched a complete game, giving up six hits and all four runs in the first inning before settling down and scattering three hits the rest of the way.
FM 11, M-U 8 (9)
PITSBURG — Milton-Union dropped a heartbreaker Thursday, giving up three runs in the ninth inning to fall against Franklin Monroe 11-8.
Zach Vagedes started for the Bulldogs, giving up five runs on seven hits in the first four inning. Milton-Union fought back with seven runs over the fourth, fifth and sixth innings and tied the score in the seventh to force extras, with Alby Baker pitching the final five innings and taking the loss. Keifer Jones and Levi Booher had two hits apiece as the Bulldogs had eight as a team.
Milton-Union travels to Brookville for a doubleheader Saturday.
Other scores: Friday — National Trail 8, Covington 6.
M-U 6, FM 5;
Carlisle 11, M-U 1 (5)
CARLISLE — The Milton-Union softball team recovered from a disappointing effort the night before on Thursday, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the seventh to defeat Franklin Monroe 6-5. But on Friday, the Bulldogs struggled once again, falling to Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division foe Carlisle 11-1 in five innings.
On Thursday, Mercedes Farmer got the win in relief of Olivia Brown. Michaela Fullmer doubled, tripled and had two RBIs, Mason Curtis was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Kristen Dickison was 3 for 4 and Macie Gregg doubled.
Against Carlisle, Anna Willson doubled — one of only four hits by the Bulldogs. Farmer took the loss on the mound.
Milton-Union faces River Valley, Northwestern and Triad at Duke Park today.
Covington 13, ME 1 (6)
CASSTOWN — Covington (10-1) got another solid outing from pitcher Brooke Gostomsky and plenty of offense to back her up, improving to 10-1 with a 13-1 Cross County Conference victory over Miami East Thursday.
Kara Schaffer went 3 for 3 with a double, Lexie Long went 2 for 4 with home run, Gostomsky went 2 for 4 with a double and Justice Warner went 2 for 4 to lead the Buccaneer offense. Gostomsky also stuck out five and allowed only six hits on the mound.
Tipp 17, BL 12
TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe softball team picked up its first win of the season Thursday night, defeating Ben Logan in a 17-12 slugfest.
Kaity Stocker had four hits — three of them doubles — and five RBIs to lead the Red Devils and Rachel Rusk added five hits as Tippecanoe piled up 20 as a team. Sierra Sutton got the win on the mound and added two hits and an RBI offensively.
NT 8, Bethel 7
NEW PARIS — The Bethel Bees controlled most of Thursday’s matchup at National Trail, but the Blazers plated a pair of seventh-inning runs to come from behind and hand the Bees an 8-7 Cross County Conference loss.
Grace Anthony was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI for Bethel, while Maddie Inman, Becky Schwieterman and Morgan Reittinger were all 2 for 4 with an RBI.
“We’re playing much better,” Bethel coach Jeremy Reittinger said. “We had one crucial breakdown on defense that cost us a couple runs, and those always come back to haunt you. But we’re getting better. We got beat by a pretty good team.”
Other scores: Friday — Kenton Ridge 6, Tippecanoe 0.
Tecumseh 4, Tipp 1
NEW CARLISLE — The Tippecanoe tennis team dropped its first Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division match Friday at Tecumseh, falling 4-1.
Zach Wildermuth and Evan Hill picked up the Red Devils’ lone win at second doubles, 6-4, 6-4. At first singles, Phillip Bullard lost 6-3, 6-0. At second singles, Eric Staley lost 6-2, 6-2. At third singles, Michael Gross lost 6-1, 6-3. At first doubles, Sam and Casey Kronour lost 6-0, 6-0.
Tippecanoe (2-2, 2-1 CBC Kenton Trail) will compete in the Schroeder Invitational today.
MV 8, Lehman 0
SIDNEY — Lehman (1-5) could do little to slow down undefeated Miami Valley (8-0) Friday, falling 5-0.
At first singles, Griffin West lost 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Ryan Goettemoeller lost 6-0, 6-1. At third singles, Sean Toner lost 6-0, 6-0. At first doubles, Malachi Bezy and Josh Armstrong lost 6-0, 6-0. Lehman forfeited second doubles.
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