By Josh Brown
TROY — Both Tuesday and Wednesday, the Troy baseball team entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 4-2.
And though the Trojans rallied to win in walkoff fashion 5-4 against Sidney on Tuesday, they couldn’t put together a rally against the Skyhawks on Wednesday, falling to Fairborn 4-2 to drop to 10-8 on the season.
Against Sidney, Noah Roswell — who also got the win on the mound in relief — had an RBI single that kept the seventh-inning rally going, and Jake Daniel put an end to the game with a bases-loaded two-run double.
“Roswell had a big hit, then they intentionally walked (Austin) Barney to load the bases for Daniel,” Troy coach Ty Welker said. “That was a really big hit for Daniel.”
Against Fairborn, though, the Trojans’ two errors proved costly.
Barney took the loss on the mound, giving up four runs — only two earned — in four innings of work, striking out four, walking three, hitting a batter and giving up only two hits.
“The first three innings were one-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three,” Welker said. “Austin threw well for the first three innings, and Troy Moore came in for the last three and didn’t give up any runs.
“We left the bases loaded, left runners on base a number of innings. We also struck out 11 times tonight. Their pitcher was decent, but average pitchers end up throwing complete games against us. Mentally, our approach was not there.”
Troy was originally scheduled to face Springboro Wednesday, but that game was postponed. The Trojans still face Fairborn Friday on the road in an originally-scheduled game, but first they travel to Northridge Thursday.
Tipp 4, Tecumseh 0
NEW CARLISLE — Tippecanoe never got started offensively in Monday’s 10-game winning streak-snapping loss to Tecumseh — then the Red Devils didn’t get started at all in the second game of the series on Tuesday, as lightning pushed the game back a day.
Wednesday, though, the Devils jumped out in front early and never looked back as starter Aaron Hughes shut the Arrows down in a key Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division victory, 4-0 at Tecumseh.
Tippecanoe (13-5, 9-2 CBC Kenton Trail), which lost 2-1 at home against Tecumseh Monday and left a large number of runners on base, put up one run in the top of the first and two more in the second, which ended up being plenty of support for Hughes. The Red Devil ace — who improved to 5-1 on the season — struck out six and scattered four hits to record the shutout.
“After the other day, we tried to be as aggressive as we could,” Tippecanoe coach Bruce Cahill said. “We went after a lot of first pitches and attacked their pitcher early in the count. I saw us be aggressive on offense and defense, and Aaron was going after them on the mound, too, throwing a lot of first-pitch strikes. He basically dominated them and threw very well today. It was good to see us come out focused today.”
The Devils also got some help, as Bellefontaine — which currently sits in second place in the division — lost to Kenton Ridge on Tuesday, allowing Tippecanoe to maintain a full one-game lead in the Kenton Trail.
“It seems like every time we give one away, we’re fortunate enough to get one back,” Cahill said. “Now there’s three teams a with three division losses behind us. It would’ve been nice to have gone into the last five games with a two-game lead, but this just means we have to keep winning and not worrying about what everyone else is doing.”
Tippecanoe hosts Northwestern Thursday.
Miami East 10,
TV South 4
WEST ALEXANDRIA — Miami East jumped out in front early at Twin Valley South Tuesday, and starter Brandon Wilson went the distance to hold down a 10-4 Cross County Conference win.
Jacob Arthur was 2 for 3 and Braxton Donaldson and Scot Kirby were both 2 for 4 as the Vikings outhit Twin Valley South 10-6 for the game, taking a 4-1 lead after three innings and doubling that with a four-run fourth to put the game out of reach.
Miami East hosts Arcanum Thursday.
TC North 6,
LEWISBURG — The Newton Indians recovered from a four-run third inning by Tri-County North Monday, forcing extra innings by tying the game at 5-5, but the Panthers won it in the bottom of the eighth, 6-5 in Cross County Conference play.
Rhett Gipe was 2 for 5 with a double — the game-tying hit in the top of the seventh — and two RBIs, Nelson Clymer was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, Ryan Mollette was 2 for 4 with an RBI, Andrew Dilts was 2 for 3 and Bryan Delcamp drove in a run as the Indians outhit the Panthers 11-10.
Newton hosts Tri-Village Thursday.
WAYNESVILLE — The Milton-Union softball team got off to a slow start, got behind thanks to some errors in the field and its rally attempt late fell short in a 5-4 loss at Waynesville Wednesday in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
Waynesville scored all five of its runs by the fourth inning and led 5-0, and though the Bulldogs put together a four-run rally in the top of the sixth, they couldn’t even the score.
“Two of our errors probably cost us four runs,” Milton-Union coach Curt Schaefer said. “We didn’t take care of the ball, we left some runners on base early. But we did come back and put ourselves in position to win late. Can’t complain about that. We’d just like to be able to finish.”
Bri Stone hit a home run, Taylor Jacobs was 3 for 4 and Courtney Seevers doubled as the Bulldogs outhit Waynesville 7-5. Kallie Browning took the loss on the mound, striking out seven and walking four.
Milton-Union travels to Dixie Thursday.
Tipp 3, KR 2;
Urbana 5, Tipp 0
TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe tennis team escaped Kenton Ridge with a narrow 3-2 victory Tuesday night in Central Buckeye Conference play.
The big win came at second singles, where Eric Staley held off Connor Huggins in two close sets for a 7-6 (2), 6-4 victory. At third singles, Michael Gross defeated Max Miesse 6-1, 6-2. At second doubles, Zach Wildermuth and Evan Hill defeated Michelle Kulasakera and Jameson Zink 6-2, 6-2.
At first singles, Phillip Bullard lost to Chris Kalweit 6-1, 6-0. At first doubles, Sam and Casey Kronour lost to Allen Howard and Nick Shonkwiler 6-4, 6-3.
And on Wednesday, the Red Devils (6-4, 4-2 CBC) fell to conference leader Urbana 5-0.
At first singles, Bullard lost 7-5, 6-0. At second singles, Staley lost 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Gross lost 6-0, 6-0. At first doubles, Sam and Casey Kronour lost 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Hill and Wildermuth lost 6-1, 6-7 (2), 7-5.
Tippecanoe hosts Greenon Thursday.
M-U 5, Dixie 0;
‘Creek 3, M-U 2
WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union Bulldogs knocked off Dixie in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play Tuesday, winning 5-0.
At first singles, Philip Brumbaugh defeated Thomas Pedroff 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Luke Ferguson defeated Brandon Brigeman 6-0, 6-1. At third singles, Caleb Black defeated Nathan Scurlock 6-0, 6-0.
At first doubles, Logan Dickison and Nick Brumbaugh defeated Mason Swigart and Jacob Foster 6-1, 6-1. At second doubles, Matt Brown and Adam Knepper rallied from a set down to defeat Mava Burnett and Joey Gengler 0-6, 6-1, 6-4.
On Wednesday, though, the Bulldogs played host to Beavercreek, falling 3-2.
At first singles, Philip Brumbaugh won 6-2, 6-3. At second singles, Ferguson won 2-6, 6-3, 7-6.
At third singles, Black lost 6-2, 6-2. At first doubles, Dickison and Nick Brumbaugh lost 6-0, 6-4. At second doubles, Ethan Dohner and Knepper lost 6-0, 6-4.
Milton-Union travels to Waynesville Thursday.
* Track and Field
VERSAILLES —Covington’s girls were second place overall and the boys finished third at the Versailles Invitational track and field meet Tuesday.
The Buccaneer girls were second with 116.5 points, with host Versailles sweeping the meet. Bradford was seventh with 52 and Newton was eighth with 37.
Carly Shell led Covington, sweeping the 800 (2:32.88) and 1,600 (5:27.72).
Also winning for Covington were Natalie Snyder (100 hurdles, 17.07 seconds), Breanna Kimmel (200, 26.62 seconds) and Anna Dunn (3,200, 11:38.74).
Covington’s boys were third with 81.5 points. Newton was fifth with 47 and Bradford was 10th with 22.
Winning for Covington was the 4×100 relay in 45.66 seconds. Brady McBride led Newton, winning the 1,600 in 4:38.45.
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