The Piqua ua baseball team played well for most of the game before suffering a l6-5 loss to Centerville in eight innings Friday.
The game endedon a successful suicide squeeze by Centerville with one out in the eighth
“We have talked about doing things to finish games and we didn’t do that tonight,” Piqua coach Jared Askins said. “The executed on the suicide squeeze and we just have to pick ourselves up and get ready for Greenville.”
Piqua had jumped out to a 5-1 lead after two innings.
“We came out and were really playing well, “Askins said.
A key moment came in the home fifth inning with Piqua up 5-2.
“They hit a fly ball behind shortstop,” Askins said. “The wind blew it away from Cameron (Gordon) and the centerfielder couldn’t get it either.
“That was a momentum changer because two runs scored on the play.
If we had made the catch, it would have been 5-2 going to the sixth and we would have felt pretty good about the situation.”
Austin Reedy, Travis Smith and Michael Anderson combined on a nine-hitter.
Levi Hess was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI, while Jacob Teauge was 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI and Anderson was 2-for-4 with a double.
Reedy was 2-for-2.
Piqua plays at Greenville Monday.
Lehman wins NWCC
Lehman lost to Lima Perry earlier in the week to make Thursday night’s game for the championship of the Northwest Central Conference.
And the Cavaliers responded with a run-rule victory, beating the Commodores 16-5 at Lehman.
The Cavs finish league play 11-1 and are 14-2 overall. It was Perry’s second league loss.
Lehman gave up three unearned runs in the first, but came back with four in the second, four in the third and eight in the fourth to blow it open.
Nate Bosway pitched a six-hitter, and allowed only one earned run for Lehman. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Greg Spearman singled and homered, drove in three and scored three for the Cavs. Bosway singled and doubled and drove in two, and Cole Proffitt had a single, two doubles and three RBIs.
Parker Riley and Austin Arnold both scored three times and Max Schutt scored twice and drove in two.
Buccs rally for win
All season the Covington Buccaneers have showcased a grittiness under duress - never giving up or quitting when they are down - even when games appeared out of reach. There’s been some frustrating - and sometimes ugly - losses, but through it all the Buccaneers never stopped playing hard.
So, on Thursday, when rival Bradford took advantage of three Covington errors and two walks to put up six runs in the third inning, the Buccaneers mental toughness was put to the task once again.
Only this time, trailing 7-1, the Buccaneers roared all the way back by scoring ten unanswered runs to take an 11-7 victory.
“It was good to see the kids come back like they did,” said Covington coach Mitch Hirsch. “There’s no quit in this group of kids.”
Covington wrapped 13 hits in the contest with Justin Williams and Drew Schaurer leading the way. Williams went 3-for-4 with a double, while Schaurer drove in two runs on a 3-for-4 night.
Sophomore Levi Winn also had a big game, going 2-for-4 with four RBI.
Nathan Blei was 2 for 3 and Jake Albright had a pair of hits.
Russia edges Anna
ANNA — Anna and Russia battled to see who would remain tied with Fort Loramie for first place in the SCL, and when it was over, Russia was left standing after rallying for a 5-4 win at Anna in high school baseball action.
The win puts Russia at 7-1 in County play and Anna at 6-2. Loramie is also 7-1.
Anna got a run in the secomnd and Russia tied it in the third. Anna took a 2-1 lead in the fourth and then both teams scored single runs in the fifth. But in the sixth, the Raiders rallied for three runs and Anna could answer with only one.
For the Raiders, Bailey Francis was 3-for-4 with two RBI and Bryan Drees 2-for-3 with two runs scored.