By Josh Brown
Editor’s note: Due to coverage of the Miami County Invitational track and field meet late Tuesday night, Tuesday’s results were not available at time of press. Look for results from Tuesday’s local sports action in the Thursday edition of the Troy Daily News.
TROY — The Troy tennis team took care of business Monday, winning 5-0 over visiting Lebanon for its third straight victory and building up as much momentum as possible heading into Tuesday’s critical Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division matchup with reigning champion Butler.
At first singles, Shane Essick defeated James Hof 6-0, 6-2. At second singles, Elijah Sadler defeated Evan Doughman 6-2, 6-1. At third singles, Matt Schmitt defeated Keith Kordowski 6-1, 6-0.
At first doubles, Andrew Magoteaux and Nick Prus defeated Braden Zsembik and Daniel Randolph 6-3, 6-3. At second doubles, Carter Hench and Jack Johnston defeated Josh Newburg and Zach Newman 6-1, 6-2.
Troy (9-1) hosts Butler Tuesday.
Lehman 4, Carroll 1
SIDNEY — The Lehman Cavaliers won their second match of the season Monday, defeating Carroll 4-1.
At first singles, Griffin West won 7-6 (7), 6-3. At second singles, Ryan Goetemoeller won 7-6 (5), 6-2. At third singles, Will Hoersten won 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Josh Armstrong and Sean Toner won 6-2, 7-6 (6).
At first doubles, Malachi Bezy and Sam Ritze lost 6-2, 6-2.
“It was a good overall team win for us tonight,” Lehman coach Tim Ungericht said. “Our freshmen Sean Toner and Elias Bezy (in JV action) picked up their first career wins, and Ryan and Griffin pulled out tough first sets and Will was steady as ever. We have grown a lot as a team so far this season.”
Lehman (2-5) hosts Greenville Wednesday.
RIVERSIDE — Tippecanoe’s Justyn Eichbaum hit his third home run of the season and reliever Evan Ford picked up his third victory out of the bullpen, helping the Red Devils win their seventh straight, 8-6 at Stebbins Monday.
Eichbaum was 2 for 4 with the homer and three RBIs, Jacob Ambos was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Aaron Hughes was 2 for 4 as Tippecanoe (9-4, 6-1 Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division) broke a 6-6 tie with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning — and Ford held it down from there.
“It’s like a broken record, every game. Other than Hughes, we need to get some of our other starters to be able to go past four innings without giving up a lot of walks and throwing a lot of pitches,” Tippecanoe baseball coach Bruce Cahill said. “Every game is close.”
Tippecanoe, ranked No. 2 in Division II in the latest Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association poll, finishes the season series against Stebbins at home Tuesday.
Bethel 5, EC 3
BRANDT — Christian White gave Bethel six strong innings on the mound, and the Bees got hits when they mattered en route to a 5-3 victory over Emmanuel Christian at home Monday.
Tyler Brookhart was 3 for 3 with two runs scored, Hunter Shelley had two RBIs and White was also 2 for 3 at the plate for the Bees, who took a 5-0 lead after a three-run fifth inning and held on after Emmanuel Christian put together a three-run seventh. Kenton Egbert came on to earn a save.
“This was our sixth game in six days, and Christian stepped up and gave us a strong game,” Bethel coach Brett Brookhart said. “We were also able to get some timely hits.”
Bethel travels to Twin Valley South Tuesday.
FM 3, Newton 1
PITSBURG — Newton starter Treg Jackson threw a three-hitter Monday, but Franklin Monroe was able to string together a couple walks with a pair of bloop singles to take the lead in the fourth inning and held on for a 3-1 Cross County Conference win over the Indians.
Jackson struck out nine in six innings of work. Newton (7-5) outhit the Jets 5-3, with Rhett Gipe collecting two hits and a double and Bryan Delcamp, Nelson Clymer and Andrew Dilts each with a hit.
Newton travels to Mississinawa Valley Thursday.
Miami East 0
CASSTOWN — Four Miami East errors led to five unearned Lehman runs as the Cavaliers defeated the Vikings 5-0 in Casstown Monday.
Brett Stapleton took the loss on the mound for Miami East (1-9), giving up five unearned runs in four innings. Jacob Arthur and Scot Kirby each had two hits and a double for the Vikings, who travel to National Trail Tuesday.
Milton-Union 2 (5)
WEST MILTON — After beginning the season with four straight wins, the Milton-Union Bulldogs dropped their seventh straight Monday night, falling 12-2 in five innings to Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division foe Carlisle.
Krue Thwaits was 3 for 3 with a double and an RBI and Kiefer Jones was 1 for 3 with an RBI for the Bulldogs.
Milton-Union (4-7, 4-4 SWBL Buckeye) hosts Ansonia Tuesday.
NT 8, Covington 6
COVINGTON — National Trail took advantage of three Covington errors Monday night, handing the Buccaneers an 8-6 Cross County Conference loss.
The Buccs (3-6, 1-2 CCC) attempted to rally with a three-run seventh inning, but the mistakes were too much to overcome. James Grilliot was 3 for 4 with a double, Levi Winn was 2 for 4 with a double and Jared Williams had a double and three RBIs.
Covington hosts Tri-County North Tuesday.
Troy 6, Butler 3
TROY — The Troy softball team appears to be done with one-run, extra-inning games and could be hitting its stride.
The Trojans (9-3, 4-1 Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division) won their fourth straight and seventh in their last eight games on Monday, holding off division foe Butler 6-3 at Market Street Diamond.
Troy finishes the season series with the Aviators on the road Tuesday.
Minster 2 (5)
MINSTER — Brooke Gostomsky pitched a two-hitter and struck out five Monday at Minster, and the Covington offense did the rest in a 12-2 victory in five innings.
Justice Warner was 2 for 2 with a double, Lexie Long was 2 for 2, Sarah Hubbard was 2 for 3, Allison Babylon was 1 for 3 with a triple and Gostomsky was 2 for 2.
Covington (13-2) hosts Tri-County North Tuesday.
FM 4, Newton 2
PITSBURG — Franklin Monroe strung together all of its hitting in one inning Monday, and it proved to be enough to knock off Newton 4-2 in Cross County Conference play.
Maddie Mollette was 1 for 3 with an RBI triple and Mallory Dunlevy was 1 for 3 with an RBI single for the Indians. Kristen Rappold took the loss, giving up four hits, a walk and a hit-batter while striking out three.
Newton (4-7, 4-3 CCC) hosts Wayne Wednesday.
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union’s hitting woes that began with three straight losses on Saturday continued Monday as the Bulldogs only managed three hits in an 8-0 loss to Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division foe Carlisle.
“It’s our inability to hit,” Milton-Union coach Curt Schaefer said. “You’ve got to be able to hit with teams when they are hitting, and we’re just not doing that.”
Milton-Union travels to Madison Tuesday looking to end the skid.
Other scores: Tippecanoe (2-6, 2-4 CBC Kenton Trail) 3, Stebbins 1.
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