By Josh Brown
ST. PARIS — Even falling behind by five after the first inning couldn’t slow Tippecanoe’s roll.
The Red Devils rallied to take a 7-6 lead, then Josh Riebe hit a bases-clearing three-run double to put the game away, and the Tippecanoe baseball team enjoyed its best day at the plate so far this season in a 12-6 victory at Graham Thursday — the team’s ninth straight win.
“We got off the bus flat. It’s kind of a habit, it seems, getting down two or three to start the game,” Tippecanoe coach Bruce Cahill said. “But this was definitely our best offensive day of the year. We had 17 hits, and a lot of guys played a part in it. It was a good day to have and can only help everyone’s confidence going forward.”
Andrew Kraska had three legs of the cycle, going 4 for 4 with a double, triple and four RBIs. Jacob Ambos was 2 for 5 with a double and two RBIs, Aaron Hughes was 2 for 5 with two stolen bases and two RBIs, Justyn Eichbaum was 2 for 4, Clay Barney was 2 for 3, Cole Barhorst was 2 for 2 and Brandon Gotthardt added a double.
Trevor Staggs got the win on the mound, going the first four innings. Evan Ford went the final three for another save, entering with runners on second and third and no outs in the fifth and allowing only one run to come in on a wild pitch.
Tippecanoe travels to Troy Saturday.
Arcanum 8, Bethel 1
BRANDT — Arcanum’s pitcher struck out 16 Bethel Bees Thursday, allowing only four hits in an 8-1 Cross County Conference victory at Bethel.
Hunter Shelley was 2 for 4, Zach Cohee had the Bees’ lone RBI and Tyler Brookhart added a hit.
“We faced a great pitcher and a pretty good team today,” Bethel coach Brett Brookhart said. “They got five in the first inning on us, and when you get behind against a pitcher like that, you’re kind of at his mercy. He was dominant for them, and we had trouble putting balls in play.”
Bethel (5-8, 2-4 CCC) hosts Northridge for a Saturday doubleheader.
Newton 12, MV 2
UNION CITY — Newton improved to 8-5 Thursday with a dominant performance at Mississinawa Valley, winning 12-2 in Cross County Conference play.
Wade Ferrell went the distance on the mound to earn the win — and he got into the fun on offense, as well, with a straight steal of home plate.
Newton faces Covington Friday at Fifth Third Field.
ME 13, Ansonia 1
CASSTOWN — Austin Rutledge allowed only two hits in five innings and Miami East won for the second time this season with a 13-1 run-rule victory over Ansonia Wednesday.
Cam Coomes was 4 for 4 with a double, Scot Kirby was 3 for 4, Braxton Donaldson was 2 for 4 and Rutledge and Vernon Mitchell were both 2 for 3 as the Vikings pounded out 16 hits in the game.
Miami East travels to Tri-County North Friday.
Dixie 6, M-U 3
WEST MILTON — Keifer Jones was 3 for 4 and hit a two-run homer Wednesday, but the Milton-Union baseball team dropped its eighth straight, 6-3 to Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division for Dixie.
Krue Thwaits was also 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI as the Bulldogs scored all three of their runs in the fifth — after Dixie scored all six of its runs in the fourth. The Bulldogs also committed three errors — many coming in that fourth inning.
Milton-Union travels to Dixie Friday.
Newton 4, Wayne 3;
Newton 10, MV 4
UNION CITY — After a narrow 4-3 victory over Wayne at home on Wednesday, the Newton softball team went on the road Thursday and routed Mississinawa Valley 10-4 in Cross County Conference play, leading up to a big non-league contest at Troy Friday.
Against Wayne, Kylee Fisher had two RBIs and McKell Deaton and Haley Pack each had one as the Indians scored three runs on six consecutive fifth-inning bunts — two of them squeeze plays. Laura Oaks got the win on the mound, striking out three and allowing seven hits, one walk and one hit-batter.
And against Mississinawa Valley, Mallory Dunlevy was 2 for 4, hitting her first home run and driving in two runs. Maddie Mollette was 2 for 4 with an RBI, Oaks was 2 for 4 with a double and a triple and Fisher was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Kristen Rappold pitched the first three innings, striking out six and allowing one hit and no walks, and Dunlevy pitched the final four, striking out seven and allowing three hits and four walks.
Newton travels to Troy at 5 p.m. Friday.
Covington 13, TVS 5
WEST ALEXANDRIA — The Covington softball team plated five in the top of the first to take control and then five more in the fifth to seal it, defeating Twin Valley South 13-5 Wednesday in Cross County Conference play.
Emma Dammeyer was 2 for 4 with a triple, Arianna Richards was 2 for 3 and Chelsea Ford was 2 for 2 to lead the offense. Brooke Gostomsky got the win on the mound, striking out one and giving up three hits in four innings of work, while Kara Schaffer gave up one hit in the final three innings.
Covington (15-2) travels to Troy Saturday.
Other scores: Wednesday — Indian Lake 6, Tippecanoe 2. Thursday — Arcanum 17, Bethel 1 (5 innings).
SCD 4, M-U 1
CINCINNATI — The Milton-Union tennis team had a rough day Wednesday, falling to a talented Summit Country Day team, 4-1.
Logan Dickison and Nick Brumbaugh had the Bulldogs’ lone win at first doubles, 6-4, 6-1. At first singles, Philip Brumbaugh lost 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Luke Ferguson lost 6-0, 6-1. At third singles, Caleb Black lost 6-1, 6-0. At second doubles, Matt Brown and Adam Knepper lost 6-0, 6-1.
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