By Josh Brown
EATON — Trevor Staggs made everything as easy as possible.
The Tippecanoe junior struck out 11 and allowed only two baserunners the entire game Thursday at Eaton, giving his defense nothing but easy balls to field and pitching a complete game no-hitter as the Red Devils (16-7) shut out Eaton 8-0 on the road.
Staggs walked two, and the defense had no errors behind him. The only question after the Devils posted six runs in the top of the first ended up being whether or not Staggs would finish the no-hitter — which he answered.
“There really was not a tough play the entire game. Trevor just dominated,” Tippecanoe baseball coach Bruce Cahill said. “He’d thrown a couple times this year, but this was the way we’ve envisioned him throwing. He just put it all together today, and it was a great game for him.”
Cole Barhorst hit a three-run double during the six-run first inning, Clay Barhorst was 2 for 3 and Andrew Kraska was 2 for 2 with a triple to lead the offense.
Tippecanoe returns home Friday to host Piqua on Senior Night.
TROY — Even though Troy’s winning streak — which reached four games on Thursday — included a pair of victories over Piqua, Thursday’s win may be in the running for the sweetest of the bunch.
Hayden Kotwica scored on a close play at the plate on an RBI single by Alex Riedel in the bottom of the sixth, breaking a 2-2 tie at the time, and freshman Jacob Adams finished off the game in relief for his first varsity win as the Trojans (15-9) snapped a losing streak against Northmont that dates back to 2007 according to the Greater Western Ohio Conference website with a 3-2 victory Thursday at Market Street Field.
“I don’t know if these guys realize the magnitude of this. We typically don’t play well against Northmont, and they’ve had our number for a few years now,” Troy coach Ty Welker said.
Drake McDonagh gave the Trojans a 2-0 lead in the second with a two-run single, but two unearned runs evened up the score. Kotwica pitched the first five innings and did not figure in on the decision, leaving with the score tied at 2-2.
In the sixth, though, Kotwica hit a two-out single and stole second, then he came in to score on another clutch hit by Riedel to give Troy the lead. The Trojans left the bases loaded and couldn’t add on any insurance runs, but Adams proved not to need it, pitching two scoreless innings for the win.
“Defensively, we did not play our best game, but Kotwica battled for five innings,” Welker said. “Jacob’s only thrown two or three times this year, and it was a nice win for him. The big hit by Riedel, some nice baserunning by Kotwica — we’ve won four straight now, and our mindset is a lot better.”
Troy travels to Fairmont Friday before finishing the regular season at home against Kenton Ridge Saturday.
Troy Christian 3,
Dayton Christian 0
TROY — Troy Christian’s Scott Douglas struck out 12 and pitched a complete game shutout Thursday, further solidifying the Eagles’ place atop the Metro Buckeye Conference with a 3-0 victory over rival Dayton Christian to complete the series sweep.
The Eagles (13-5, 10-0 MBC), who clinched the MBC title earlier this week with a 5-2 win over the Warriors, finished conference play undefeated and won the championship for the first time since 2012.
Troy Christian finishes the regular season with a doubleheader Saturday at Tri-Village.
COVINGTON — The Covington baseball team jumped out in front of Cross County Conference rival Bethel early with two runs in the first and third innings, then the Buccaneers held off a fifth-inning Bee rally to claim a 5-4 victory on Senior Night Wednesday.
James Grilliot was 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI, Levi Winn was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Nathan Blei added an RBI double for the Buccs. Christian Nelson got the win on the mound, while Tristan Sowers came on to record a save.
Covington travels to Fifth Third Field Friday to face St. Henry.
TC North 5,
LEWISBURG — Milton-Union outhit Tri-County North on a cold Wednesday night, but the Bulldogs’ errors proved to be more costly than the Panthers’ in a 5-4 loss on the road.
Zach Vagedes went the distance for the Bulldogs, striking out two, walking two and allowing five hits and five runs, three earned. At the plate, Blake Smith was 2 for 3 with a double, a triple and two runs scored, Krue Thwaits was 2 for 3 with an RBI and two runs scored, Jeremy Strader was 2 for 4 and Keifer Jones had an RBI.
Milton-Union traveled to Dixie Thursday.
Dixie 4 (8)
NEW LEBANON — The Milton-Union softball team committed five errors and allowed Dixie to force extra innings with a run in the bottom of the seventh, but the Bulldogs plated a pair in the top of the eighth and held on for a 6-4 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division victory Thursday on the road.
Anna Willson was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, Macie Gregg doubled and had two RBIs, Taylor Jacobs was 2 for 5 with a triple, Mason Curtis was 2 for 4 with a double and Michaela Fullmer doubled as the Bulldogs outhit the Greyhounds 11-8 in the game. Kallie Browning got the win in relief, striking out four in five innings of work.
Milton-Union travels to National Trail Friday.
ENON — Tippecanoe’s Katy Stocker hit her fifth home run of the season, and the Red Devils (7-13, 6-9 Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division) routed Greenon 9-1 Thursday on the road.
Maddie Gibler and Sierra Sutton each had two hits in the win, while Sutton earned the victory on the mound and only allowed three hits.
Tippecanoe travels to Gahanna Lincoln for a tournament Friday and Saturday.
Bethel 2 (5)
COVINGTON — The Covington softball team celebrated its Senior Night Wednesday by run-ruling Bethel in Cross County Conference play, winning 12-2 in five innings.
Brooke Gostomsky pitched two innings and struck out three for the win, and two other pitchers finished off the four-hitter. Offensively, Kara Schaffer and Lexie Long were both 3 for 4 with a double, and Ashley Cecil was 2 for 4 with a triple as the Buccs outhit Bethel 8-4.
Covington (20-3) travels to Greenville Friday.
Other scores: Thursday — Newton 11, Bethel 1 (6 innings).
SIDNEY — Lehman dropped a narrow 3-2 loss against Northwestern Wednesday on Senior Night, falling to 4-9 on the season.
At first singles, Griffin West won 6-3, 6-0. At second singles, Ryan Goettemoeller won 6-3, 6-2.
At third singles, Will Hoersten lost 6-2, 6-2. At first doubles, Sam Ritze and Malachi Bezy lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. At second doubles, Josh Armstrong and Sean Toner lost 6-1, 6-0.
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