By Robbin Kiser
April 17, 2014
The Piqua tennis team won a nail bitter over Sidney 3-2 Thursday in GWOC North action.
“I am proud of all players, we were tenacious at all positions,” Piqua coach Deb Retman said.
At singles, Devon Parshall defeated Oakk Wynn 6-0, 6-0; Josh Hanes lost to Conner Bowers 3-6, 7-5, 6-1; and Tyler Lavey lost to Stephen Hendershot 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-4.
Piqua swept the doubles matches.
Andrew Lamphar and Luke Hanes won 6-1, 6-4; while Jarod Haney and Layne Patrizio won a three-setter 7-5, 4-6 and 6-4.
C.J Tipps and Maddy Curtner rallied from a 7-3 deficit to win 8-7 in a tiebreaker in JV action.
Piqua will host Wapakoneta in non-conference play Monday.
Piqua boys win at Tipp
TIPP CITY — The Piqua boys won the seven-team Tippecanoe Invitational, while the Piqua girls finished fourth.
Brendan Fries led the boys, sweeping the shot put, 44-3 1-4; and discus, 133-10.
Ryan Neal won the long jump, 19-7.
Also winning were the 400 relay (Neal, Gavin Scott, Jalen Hudgins, Tate Honeycutt), 45.59; the 800 relay (Neal, Scott, T.J. Iddings, Honeycutt), 1:37.53; the 1,600 relay (Hudgins, Iddings, Darien Tipps-Clemons, Isaiah Garber), 3:56.67; and the 3,200 relay (Mitch Bim-Merle, Dylan Jacobs, Jon Gerlach, Garber), 9:47.10.
Hannah Went led the girsl, sweeping the 100 hurdles, 17.54; and 300 hurdles, 53.52.
Team scores: Piqua 126, Carroll 104, Tippecanoe 87, Indian Lake 74, Stivers 60, Vandalia-Butler 36, Troy Christian 30.
3,200 relay: 1.Piqua (Mitch Bim-Merle, Dylan Jacobs, Jon Gerlach, Isaiah Garber), 9:47.10.
110 Hurdles: 6.Austin Hall, 20.91.
100: 2.Gavin Scott, 11.90; 3.Tate Honeycutt, 11.97.
800 relay: 1.Piqua (Ryan Neal, Gavin Scott, T.J. Iddings, Tate Honeycutt), 1:37.53.
1,600: 6.Dylan Jacobs, 5:52.52.
400 Relay: 1.Piqua (Ryan Neal, Gavin Scott, Jalen Hudgins, Tate Honeycutt), 45.59.
400: 3.Jalen Hudgines, 56.34; 5.Isaiah Garber, 57.95.
800: 3.Jon Gerlach, 2:23.04.
200: 2.Gavin Scott, 24.43; 4.T.J. Iddings, 25.45.
3,200: 6.Jon Gerlach, 12:04.09.
1,600 Relay: 1.Piqua (Jalen Hudgins, T.J. Iddings, Darien Tipps-Clemons, Isaiah Garber), 3:56.67.
High Jump: 3.(tie) T.J. Iddings, 5-6; 5.(tie) Darien Tipps-Clemons, 5-3.
Long Jump: 1.Ryan Neal, 19-7; 6.Jalen Hudgins, 16-11.
Discus: 1.Brendan Fries, 133-10.
Shot Put: 1.Brendan Fries, 44-3 1-4; 3.Tristen Cox, 37-0.
Team scores: Tippecanoe 112, Indian Lake 98, Stivers 86, Piqua 78, Carroll 63, Troy Christian 41, Vandalia-Butler 29.
3,200 Relay: 2.Piqua (Juliya Hsiang, Katelyn Hogen, Dianna Meek, Macaleb Miller), 12:36.95.
100 Hurdles: 1.Hannah Went, 17.54; 6.Mallorie Combs, 19.81.
100: 5.Liz Duer, 14.56.
800 Relay: 2.Piqua (Hannah Went, Teija Davis, Liz Duer, Danajha Clemons), 1:58.51.
1,600: 5.Juliya Hsiang, 6:31.66.
400 Relay: 3.Piqua (Hannah Went, Teija Davis, Liz Duer, Danajha Clemons), 56.34.
300 Hurdles: 1.Hannah Went, 53.52; 5.Mallorie Combs, 58.14.
800: 6.Juliya Hsiang, 2:55.06.
200: Ansleigh Spradlin, 31.58.
3,200: 3.Kenna Bell, 14:31.35.
1,600 Relay: 4.Piqua (Courtney Bensman, Teija Davis, Liz Duer, Danajha Clemons), 4:54.09.
High Jump: 5.Hannah VanGorden, 4-0.
Long Jump: 3.Ansleigh Spradlin, 13-2 1-4.
Discus: 3.Savannah Charles, 78-4; 5.Tadra Clemons, 76-4.
Shot Put: 6.Tadra Clemons, 22-4 1-4.
Piqua blanks Fairborn
FAIRBORN — The Piqua baseball team will head into Saturday’s doubleheader with Northmont on a six-game winning streak.
Catcher Buddy Nix launched a two-run shot to break open a scoreless game in the top of the fourth Thursday and Piqua went to a 6-0 win over Fairborn in GWOC crossover action.
With two outs in the fourth, Cam Gordon singled and Nix blasted one over the leftfield fence.
“I was kind of kicking myself,” Piqua coach Jared Askins said. “Jacob Teague had led off with single, which was the first hit of the game.
“I was going to hit-and-run or bunt and I decided to wait a pitch and we hit into a double play.
“It seemed like the rally was over. Then, Cam (Gordon) does what Cam does and found a way to get on and Buddy (Nix) hit a no doubter.
“I want to say it kind of reminded you of the major leagues. The leftfield took two steps and just stopped.”
Piqua added for four more runs in the sixth.
“We strung some hits together and Fairborn booted a few balls,” Askins said. “We had no hits until the fourth inning and ended up with nine,
“So, I would say Buddy’s hit really got us going.”
Nix and Teague were 2-for-4 for the game, while Austin Reedy was 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI.
Michael Anderson had a hit and one RBI, while Taylor Baumeister also had a RBI.
Gordon and Derrick Gullett also had hits.
Baumeister, Gordon and Reedy combined on a masterpiece on the mound.
“We don’t use them the week we play Trotwood, so we planned to use all three of them to get them ready for next week,” Askins said.
Baumeister pitched the first four innings, striking out four.
Gordon pitched the fifth and sixth, striking out two and Reedy closed things out in the seventh, striking out two.
They combined on a three-hitter.
“Taylor (Baumeister) will pitch Tuesday, so we wanted to get him a few more innings,” Askins said. “We wanted to keep Cam (Gordon) and Austin (Reedy) sharp.
“I said all along, when we score six runs with our pitching, we are going to be hard to beat.
“And this was against a Fairborn team that came in batting .345.”
Piqua will take a 6-3 record into Saturday’s games with Northmont.
First pitch is at 11 a.m.
Buccs beat FM
PITSBURG — It wasn’t a work of art by any means, but Covington Buccaneers scratched and clawed their way to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Franklin Monroe on Wednesday.
“This is a tough place to play, always has been,” said Covington coach Mitch Hirsch. “There’s no fence and it’s a fast infield with no grass. It’s not what we are accustom too.”
Still, Covington was able to come back from a 3-1 deficit with two runs in the top of the fourth thanks to a clutch hit into right field by Jake Albright.
Covington put another run on the board in the top of the fifth to take a 4-3 lead. Covington responded in the top of the sixth with a run on an RBI by Justin Williams, but left two more runners stranded.
Leading 5-4, freshman Nathan Blei, who had pitched whale of a game, was relieved by Austin Lefeld in the bottom of the sixth inning. Lefeld and the Buccs defense was able to record the six outs needed to preserve the hard-fought win.
Blei picked up the win for the Buccs and Lefeld recorded the save.
Justin Williams drove in two runs, while both Sam Sherman and Drew Schaurer went 3-for-4.
Jake Albright was 2-for -4 with a clutch two-out hit in the fourth.
Covington improves to 4-5 overall and 3-1 in the CCC.
Lady Buccs win
PITSBURG — The Covington Lady Buccs ran their record 8-1 on the season and 4-0 in the CCC with a 7-2 win at Franklin Monroe on cold, windy day Wednesday.
“We played pretty well under the conditions,” said Covington coach Dean Denlinger. “There’s still some things we need to improve on, but overall we did a pretty nice job tonight.”
Morgan Arbogast allowed just four hits and recorded six strikeouts while goingt the distance for Covington. She also had a monster game at the plate with four hits in four at bats, including a double, a triple and three RBI.
Morgan McReynolds went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Jessica Dammeyer had two hits, one being a triple.