SIDNEY — The Sidney softball team’s best chance this week against Piqua may have required some stealing — not so much bases, but Piqua freshman outfielder Kelsie Hall’s glasses.
Hall is seeing things clearly — which was bad news for the Yellow Jackets.
After a home run, a double and six RBI in Tuesday’s 16-10 Piqua victory in the team’s first meeting, she followed it with two homes and three RBI in an 8-2 win at Sidney Thursday.
Hall now has six home runs on the season, giving her a share the GWOC lead in that category.
“This is the first year that Kelsie (Hall) has worn glasses,” Piqua coach Rick Claprood said. “She wasn’t wearing glasses at the beginning of the year. She started wearing them a couple weeks. I think she is seeing pretty well right now.”
And she wasn’t the only Lady Indian swinging a hot bat.
Kyle Blankesnship had a RBI double, Emily Smith was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Janise Hummel had a two-run single.
“Everybody on the team had a hit,” Claprood said as the Piqua outhit Sidney 11-5.
Jade Piatt went the distance on the mound, striking out six and not walking a batter.
The win improves Piqua to 10-6 overall and 6-1 in the GWOC North.
Greenville leads with an 8-0 mark and the two teams will play Monday and Tuesday. Piqua also has one game left with Vandalia-Butler, who beat Piqua 7-1 in the first meeting.
“We go to Centerville and play a really good team and we have two games with a strong Greenville team and the game with Vandalia-Butler,” Claprood said. “They (Vandalia) just pounded us the first time. I guarantee you that is not going to happen the next time.”
Piqua will play at Centerville today.
TV South 0
PLEASANT HILL — Newton (8-12, 5-3 Cross County Conference) finally put together a complete game, committing zero errors and tallying 13 hits in a 10-0 run-rule victory over Twin Valley South Wednsday.
Laura Burden and Laura Oaks combined on a two-hitter, with both going three innings and allowing one hit. McKell Deeton was 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Burden was 2 for 3 with two RBIs, Megan Rutledge tripled and had two RBIs, Rose Studebaker drove in two runs, Oaks was 2 for 3 and Madison Mollette was 2 for 4.
Newton hosts Tri-Village today.
TC North 1
COVINGTON — Morgan Arbogast and Brooke Gostomsky combined on a four-hitter as Covington (12-3) routed Tri-County North 10-1 in Cross County Conference play Wednesday.
Arbogast was also 3 for 4 with a pair of home runs and four RBIs at the plate, Jessica Dammeyer was 3 for 4 with a double and Morgan McReynolds was 2 for 3 in the game.
Covington hosts Bradford today.
Ansonia 4, ME 0
ANSONIA — Miami East couldn’t get anything going Wednesday at Ansonia, only managing three hits in a 4-0 Cross County Conference loss.
Meagan Pettit threw a strong game for the Vikings (7-10, 3-4 CCC), only alowing four hits and striking out 10.
“Meagan threw a solid game. We’ve just got to back her up with some hits,” Miami East coach Brian Kadel said.
Miami East hosts Arcanum today.
ME 8, Ansonia 4
ANSONIA — Three Miami East pitchers combined to shut down Ansonia Thursday in a makeup game, overcoming a number of fielding errors and unearned runs in an 8-4 Viking victory in Cross County Conference play.
Alex Brewer and Evan Bowling were both 2 for 4 with a double and Colton McKinney and Braxton Donaldson were both 1 for 3 for the Vikings (8-3), who host Arcanum today.
East sweeps meet
CASSTOWN — The Miami East boys and girls swept a five-team meet Wednesday.
Boys team scores were Miami East 114, Kenton Ridge 99, Bethel 57, Lehman 52, Northwestern 28.
Winning for Miami East were Trey Harbour, 110 hurdles, 18.03; Luke Mengos, 400, 56.81; Josh Ewing, 800, 2:14.23; Mack Rose, pole vault, 13-9; and the 3,200 relay (Austin Kowalak, Jacob Brown, Ewing, Mengos), 9:08.26.
For Lehman, Brad Montgomery swept the discus, 163-0; and shot put, 52-1 1-2; while Joe Fuller won the 3,200, 10:00.60.
Girls team scores were Miami East 97, Northwestern 62, Bethel 68, Kenton Ridge 63, Lehman 20.
Winning for Miami East were Abigael Amheiser, 3,200, 12:59.68; Megan Kinnison, discus, 99-0; Morgan Rose, pole vault, 9-0; the 3,200 relay (Renee DeFord, Abby Hawkins, Marie Ewing, Amheiser), 10:49.01; and the 1,600 relay (Emma Monnin, Hawkins, DeFord, Ewing), 4:23.96.
For Lehman, Jenna Zimmerman won the 1,600, 5:39.34.