By Josh Brown
PIQUA — Monday, Jordan Peck threw a two-hit shutout.
Tuesday, Jared Bair pitched a four-hitter — and got a little more run support.
The Troy baseball team (14-9, 7-3 Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division) finished off a two-game sweep of the rival Piqua Indians, winning 2-0 at home on Monday and 8-1 in Piqua on Tuesday to claim sole possession of second place in the GWOC North Division this season behind 10-0 Butler.
“We’re glad. The goal is always to win the league, but we knew we had to at least split with Piqua to tie for second this year. And the guys weren’t content with that,” Troy coach Ty Welker said. “Piqua is better than their record indicates, and we knew we’d have to play well. We played like a team these last two nights.”
On Monday, Peck struck out four and walked three, and the defense committed no errors behind him. Hayden Kotwica had the only RBI for the Trojans, who only had four hits in the game themselves, and they got an insurance run on an error.
“Peck threw really well, and we played nice defense,” Welker said. “He only struck out four guys and gave up two singles, so that means they put the ball in play 17 other times — and we didn’t have any errors.”
On Tuesday, Bair struck out eight, walked two and gave up four hits to get the complete game win.
Austin Barney was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored, Alex Riedel was 2 for 4 with an RBI, Jake Daniel was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs, Troy Moore was 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, Bair had a double and an RBI and Kotwica doubled.
“Bair threw well today, too. He had the bases loaded in the third and got out of it,” Welker said. “We played good defense behind him again. And offensively, we did the little things. We bunted guys over, fought and scrapped and found ways to score. And everyone contributed. Eight of our nine guys that started had a hit today.”
Troy hosts Northmont Thursday and travels to Fairmont Friday before finishing the regular season at home against Kenton Ridge Saturday.
Miami East 3
WEST MILTON — Levi Booher pitched a complete game and drove in two runs, and the Milton-Union Bulldogs held off visiting Miami East on Senior Night for a 6-3 victory Monday night.
Booher struck out five, walked two and scattered seven hits to earn the win. The Vikings scored a pair of runs in the sixth inning to cut the Bulldog lead to one at 4-3, but Milton-Union answered with two more runs in the bottom of the inning to seal the game.
Booher was also 2 for 4 with two RBIs at the plate, Alby Baker was 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored, Krue Thwaits was 2 for 2 with an RBI and Chandler Woodcock was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
“We hadn’t played since last Wednesday, and after that game, we had a sit down and decided that we needed to get back to fundamentals and to start fresh,” Milton-Union coach Mark Gunston said. “So we decided today’s game would be the start of our second season to get us ready for the tournament.”
Jacob Arthur was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Austin Rutledge was 2 for 2 and Brandon Wilson drove in a run for the Vikings.
Milton-Union travels to Tri-County North Wednesday and takes on Dixie in a makeup game Thursday. Miami East traveled to Bradford Tuesday.
TIPP CITY — The Bellefontaine Chieftains knocked Tippecanoe out of a four-way tie for the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division lead Monday, shutting out the Red Devils 5-0.
Evan Ford took the loss, giving up three first-inning runs but settling down after that and finishing with six strikeouts while giving up eight hits and walking one. The Devils managed only three hits of their own, though, and have only scored five runs in their last four games — including two straight shutouts.
“Our hitting woes continued,” Tippecanoe coach Bruce Cahill said. “It’s not like we’re not working on it. There’s just not a lot of confidence right now. We’ve just got to stay after it and try to get better.”
On Tuesday, though, Tippecanoe (14-7, 10-4 CBC Kenton Trail) got a stellar outing from Aaron Hughes, who scattered six hits and improved to 6-1 on the season with a 4-0 shutout at home over the Chieftains.
Justyn Eichbaum, who was 2 for 3 with a pair of doubles, hit a bases-clearing three-run double in the fifth to give the Devils control. Jacob Ambos was 2 for 3 with an RBI in the sixth inning and Bradley Calhoun was 2 for 3. That proved to be plenty of support for Hughes, who struck out three and scattered six hits.
Tippecanoe faces Greenon at 4:30 p.m. at Fifth Third Field Wednesday.
Newton 12, Ansonia 0
ANSONIA — Newton starter Treg Jackson dominated Tuesday at Ansonia, striking out 13 and throwing a two-hit shutout as the Indians picked up a 12-0 Cross County Conference victory.
Jackson, who improved to 5-1 on the season, walked two and gave up two hits — but also picked three runners off base.
At the plate, Nelson Clymer was 3 for 5 with a double and two RBIs, Rhett Gipe was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs, Wade Ferrell was 3 for 5, Ryan Mollette was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, and Andrew Dilts was 2 for 3.
Newton hosts Bethel Thursday.
Bethel 5, MV 0
NEW CARLISLE — Bethel’s Tyler Brookhart pitched a one-hit shutout Tuesday, leading the Bethel Bees (10-9, 4-5 Cross County Conference) to a 5-0 victory over Mississinawa Valley.
Brookhart struck out 13, walked four and hit a batter. Riley Schaffer was 2 for 3 with three RBIs, including a two-run single during a three-run second inning that gave the Bees control for good. Hunter Shelley was also 2 for 3 and Christian White had a double.
“Tyler was pretty dominant,” Bethel coach Brett Brookhart said. “He had one rough inning — he walked the first three batters, but then he struck out the next three. Other than that, he was dominant.”
Bethel travels to Covington Wednesday for a makeup game.
Troy Christian 5,
Dayton Christian 2
DAYTON — The Troy Christian Eagles clinched the outright Metro Buckeye Conference championship Tuesday, defeating rival Dayton Christian 5-2 on the road to improve to 9-0 in the league — and giving them a two-game lead over the Warriors with only one game to play.
Troy Christian starter Jacob Williams got the win, while Peyton Forrer came on to record a save.
No further details were provided. The Eagles host Dayton Christian Thursday.
Other scores: Monday — Troy Christian 7, Newton 0. Tuesday — Bradford 1, Miami East 0 (9 innings).
Miami East 1
WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union softball team’s seniors had a solid day Monday as the Bulldogs defeated the Miami East Vikings 3-1 on Senior Day.
Anna Willson got the win for the Bulldogs, striking out seven in the game. Alyssa Francis drove in the Vikings’ lone run of the game in the top of the first inning as Milton-Union outhit Miami East 13-6 in the game.
Bri Stone was 2 for 3 with two doubles, Macie Gregg was 3 for 4, Taylor Jacobs was 2 for 4 and Michaela Fullmer had an RBI for the Bulldogs, who travel to Tri-County North Wednesday.
“The seniors had a good day today,” Milton-Union coach Curt Schaefer said. “We played good defense but still left a lot of runners on base. Hopefully we can get that corrected.”
Miami East traveled to Bradford Tuesday.
Ansonia 1 (6)
ANSONIA — The Newton Indians hammered out 16 hits Tuesday, routing Cross County Conference foe Ansonia 11-1 in six innings at Ansonia.
Maddie Mollette was 3 for 4 with a triple and two RBIs, Laura Oaks was 3 for 4 with an RBI, Haley Pack and Kacie Tackett each went 2 for 4 with an RBI, McKell Deaton was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs and Kristen Rappold had three RBIs.
Rappold also got the win, striking out six, walking one and giving up three hits and no runs in three innings of work.
Newton hosts Bethel for Senior Night Thursday.
Other scores: Monday — Bellefontaine 16, Tippecanoe 6. Tuesday — Tippecanoe (6-13, 5-9 CBC Kenton Trail) 7, Bellefontaine 4. Bradford 13, Miami East 3.
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Troy’s Troy Moore lays down a sacrifice bunt against Piqua on Monday.
Troy’s Austin Barney hauls in a fly ball for an out Monday against Piqua.
Troy catcher Tyler Lambert (5) throws out a Piqua baserunner on Monday night as pitcher Jordan Peck(22) backs up the play.