NEW CARLISLE — The Piqua baseball team is heading into two games with Troy the best way possible.
The Indians used a big inning and added a clutch run in the seventh to beat Tecumseh 6-5 Saturday.
“It was (good to see the kids find a way to win),” Piqua coach Jared Askins said. “Especially, against team that has kind of been a nemesis for us.
“My first year (five years ago) we beat them in the first game of a doubleheader and we had probably lost five or six straight to them since.
“Early on, it was “here we go again’.”
That’s because Piqua had trailed 3-0 going to the top of the fourth, when the Indians scored five runs.
Piqua had loaded the bases on walks to Buddy Nix and Brayden Dohme, with an Austin Reedy single in-between.
On an 0-2 count, Levi Hess was hit by a pitch to force in the first run.
“That might seem like a little thing,” Askins said. “But, against Wapakoneta, we were stepping out on curve balls.
“He got his shoulder turned just enough and it brought a run in an gave us the momentum.”
Cam Gordon and Jacob Teague both had RBI singles and Michael Anderson had a RBI double.
“That was huge. We haven’t had a lot of big innings,” Askins said.
It was tied at five going to the seventh, when Piqua would plate the winning run.
Anderson started things with walk and Nix hit a towering pop-up that the Arrow shortstop and third baseman collided on.
They threw wildly to second to try and get Anderson and Piqua ended up with runners on second and third.
Anderson would score on Reedy’s sacrifice fly.
“The outfielder slipped as he caught it, so we ended up scoring standing up on the play,” Askins said. “It was a pretty wild play.”
Peyton Cartwright, who relieved Reedy in the fifth, complete two-and-a-third innings of scoreless relief in the seventh to finish off the win for Piqua, 2-1.
The southpaw struck out four, walked one and hit one batter.
“When Peyton (Cartwright) is on, he is tough to hit,” Askins said. “He has a lot of movement and a good curve.
“Tecumseh has five or six lefthanded hitters, so it definitely was a plus to have Peyton in there.”
Reedy struck out two, walked five and hit a batter.
Teague was 2-for-4 at the plate for the Indians, who will host Troy today and play at Troy Tuesday.
If both of those games are played, Piqua will host Beavercreek Wednesday.