By Josh Brown
TROY — Since the Greater Western Ohio Conference’s North Division was formed in 2007, the Butler boys tennis team had not lost a division match.
The Troy Trojans defeated the reigning North division champions 4-1 Tuesday at home, improving to 10-1 overall — and, more importantly, 3-0 in division play with two matches to go this season.
At first singles, Shane Essick defeated Morgan Jackson 6-1, 6-0. At third singles, Matt Schmitt defeated Troy Luken 6-3, 6-0. At first doubles, Andrew Magoteaux and Nick Prus defeated Jones Kanak and Levi Schidecker 6-2, 6-0. At second doubles, Carter Hench and Jack Johnston defeated Ross Fike and Trevor Pisek 6-0, 6-0.
At second singles, Elijah Sadler lost to Denish Patel 7-5, 4-6, 1-0.
“It was a good win to beat Butler and take command of the GWOC North,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said. “Everyone who won pretty much dominated their matches. And in fairness to Elijah, who lost in a tiebreaker, he was playing with strep and battled to almost pull out a win at second.”
And on Wednesday, the Trojans won their fifth straight, defeating Fairborn 5-0.
At first singles, Essick won 6-3, 6-0. At second singles, Schmitt won 6-1, 6-1. At third singles, Alex Gigandet won 6-0, 6-0.
At first doubles, Magoteaux and Prus won 6-0, 6-1. At second doubles, Hench and Johnston won 6-0, 6-2.
Troy (11-1) travels to Beavercreek Thursday — and Goldner knows that even though the hurdle of defeating the Aviators has been cleared, there’s still more work to be done to clinch a division title.
“We still need to take care of business against Sidney and Piqua to clinch the North,” Goldner said.
Tipp 3, BF 2;
Tipp 4, Miamisburg 1
TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe Red Devils improved to 4-2 on the season, 4-1 in Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division play, with a 3-2 victory over Bellfontaine Tuesday.
At third singles, Michael Gross won 6-1, 4-6, 6-0. At first doubles, Sam and Casey Kronour won 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Evan Hill and Zach Wildermuth won 6-0, 6-0.
At first singles, Phillip Bullard lost 6-4, 6-0. At second singles, Eric Staley lost 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
And on Wednesday, the Devils defeated Miamisburg, shuffling the lineup to win 4-1.
At second singles, Sam Kronour won 6-3, 6-1. At third singles, Hill won 6-2, 6-3. At first doubles, Bullard and Staley won 6-1, 6-1. At second doubles, Gross and Dylan Shomper won 6-1, 6-1.
At first singles, Casey Kronour lost 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Tippecanoe travels to Urbana Thursday.
M-U 4, Brookville 1
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union cruised to an easy win Tuesday at home, defeating Brookville 4-1.
At first singles, Philip Brumbaugh won 6-0, 6-1. At second singles, Luke Ferguson won 6-0, 6-1. At third singles, Caleb Black won 6-0, 6-1. At first doubles, Logan Dickison and Nick Brumbaugh won 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
At second doubles, Matt Brown and Adam Knepper lost 7-6, 6-1.
Greenville 5, Lehman 0
SIDNEY — Lehman fell to 2-6 on the season Wednesday, falling 5-0 against Greenville.
At first singles, Griffin West lost 6-3, 6-0. At second singles, Ryan Goetemoeller lost 6-1, 6-3. At third singles, Will Hoersten lost 6-3, 6-1. At first doubles, Malachi Bezy and Sam Ritze lost 7-6 (2), 2-6, 1-0 (1). At second doubles, Josh Armstrong and Sean Toner lost 6-0, 6-0.
Troy 5, Butler 1
VANDALIA — The Troy softball team now controls its own destiny in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division.
The Trojans knocked off Butler 5-1 on the road Tuesday, sweeping the season series from the Avaitors and winning their fifth straight — and eighth of their last nine.
Troy improved to 10-3 overall with the win and 5-1 in the GWOC North. Coupled with Piqua’s 8-1 defeat of Greenville on Tuesday and then a Greenville victory on Wednesday, Troy is tied with Piqua at 5-1, while Greenville fell to 4-2 in division play. The Trojans still have a two-game series against Sidney before facing Piqua head to head to end the season with the division at stake.
Troy hosts Northmont Thursday.
Tipp 14, Stebbins 3
TIPP CITY — After dropping their first five games of the season, the Tippecanoe Red Devils have now won three of their last four, completing a season sweep of Stebbins by defeating the Indians 14-3 Tuesday.
Tippecanoe (3-6, 3-4 Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division) traveled to Indian Lake Wednesday and Graham Thursday.
Covington 6, TCN 3
COVINGTON — After falling behind 2-0 early, Covington put together a three-run rally in the third inning to take control and held on for a 6-3 victory against Tri-County North Tuesday.
Brooke Gostomsky went the distance, striking out five and giving up six hits for the win. Arianna Richards was 3 for 4, Lexie Long was 2 for 3 and Sarah Hubbord doubled to help the Buccaneers improve to 14-2 on the season.
Covington traveled to Twin Valley South Wednesday.
Bethel 16, TVS 15
WEST ALEXANDRIA — Despite building a sizeable early lead, Bethel couldn’t quite put away a run-rule victory at Twin Valley South Tuesday. Still, the Bees had enough to hold off a late Panther rally for an offense-filled 16-15 victory.
Grace Anthony was 4 for 5 with a home run, two RBIs and four stolen bases, Becky Schwieterman was 4 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs, Morgan Reittinger was 4 for 5 with two RBIs and Bri Ellish was 2 for 4 with three RBIs.
Bethel hosts Arcanum Thursday.
Madison 9, M-U 3,
Dixie 7, M-U 6
WEST MILTON — After a 9-3 loss at Madison Tuesday, the Milton-Union Bulldogs dropped their sixth straight Wednesday with a narrow 7-6 loss at home against Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division foe Dixie.
Against Madison, Macie Gregg was 3 for 3 with a double, with Courtney Peters and Bri Stone adding doubles.
Against Dixie, Taylor Jacobs was 3 for 4 with a double, Olivia Setser doubled and had two RBIs, Michaela Fullmer was 2 for 3 with a double, Hannah Oaks doubled, Anna Willson tripled and Gregg was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
Milton-Union hosts Russia Thursday, the Bulldogs’ seventh game six days.
Other scores: National Trail 3, Miami East 0.
Tipp 11, Stebbins 1
TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe baseball team put away its eighth straight win in convincing fashion Tuesday, routing Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division foe Stebbins 11-1 in six innings to sweep the season series from the Indians.
Andrew Kraska was 2 for 2 with a triple and two RBIs, Brandon Gotthardt was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Cole Barhorst was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Red Devil offense. And on the mound, Aaron Hughes struck out five in five innings of work to get his fourth victory of the year.
Tippecanoe (10-4, 7-1 CBC Kenton Trail), which took sole possession of the division lead after Springfield Shawnee’s win over Bellefontaine, travels to Graham Thursday.
Butler 2, Troy 0
VANDALIA — Troy dropped its third straight Tuesday, falling 2-0 to undefeated Butler on the road.
Butler, now 14-0 and 6-0 Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division, holds a one-game lead in the division standings over Piqua. Troy fell to 8-6 and 3-3 in the GWOC North and was shut out for the third straight game.
Troy hosts Springboro Friday.
TVS 4, Bethel 3
WEST ALEXANDRIA — Tyler Brookhart gave up a three-run homer in the first inning but settled down the rest of the way, and the Bethel Bees rallied to force extra innings Tuesday at Twin Valley South. But the Panthers were able to plate the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth to win 4-3.
Brookhart struck out 11 and gave up only four hits, and he was also 3 for 4 with an RBI at the plate, Hunter Shelley doubled and Christian White had an RBI for Bethel (5-7, 2-3 Cross County Conference).
“Tyler settled down after that first inning and was in complete control until that last inning,” Bethel coach Brett Brookhart said. “It started out like it was going to be a high-scoring game, but then it turned into a pitcher’s duel. Unfortunately, they got one home in the eighth.”
Bethel hosts Arcanum Thursday.
NT 6, ME 2
NEW PARIS — Miami East outhit National Trail 8-5, but the Blazers were able to take advantage of their chances in a 6-2 Cross County Conference victory over the Vikings.
Braxton Donaldson and Scot Kirby were both 2 for 4 to lead the Viking offense. Kirby also got the loss on the mound, giving up four runs — three earned — in the first five innings.
Miami East travels to Tri-County North Friday.
Other scores: Troy Christian (5-3, 4-0 Metro Buckeye Conference) 3, Emmanuel Christian 1. Covington 1, Tri-County North 0.
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