The Piqua American Legion Post 184 baseball team will have a busy week, capped by the first Piqua Post 184 July 4 tournament.
Piqua will host Springfield Armaloy tonight, play at Sidney Legion Tuesday and return home to host Greenville at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
At that game, there will be a raffle taking place and there will be two winners. Each one will walk away with a set of four Dayton Dragons tickets. You may buy one raffle ticket for $1, or an arm’s length for $5. The Friends of Legion Baseball will have a gentleman walking through the stands selling, so locate him and help support the team and win a chance to have some baseball fun. The game dates are August 16 and August 24 and we are told the seats are good ones—- very close to the action. The person with the first drawn raffle ticket will have his/her choice of either date. Our friends, Wade Westfall and Justin Wurster, a Financial Advisor at Mullenbrock & Associates graciously donated these tickets. The winner will be drawn before the end of the game.
All proceeds benefit your local Post 184 Legion Baseball team.
The Post 184 tournament will begin Friday at Hardman Field, with Springfield Armaloy and the Springfield Titans playing at 6 p.m., followed by Post 184 and the Titans at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, Richmond, Ind., will play Armaloy at 11 a.m. and the Titans at 2 p.m.
Post 184 will close the day, playing Armaloy at 7 p.m.
On Sunday, Post 184 will complete round-robin play against Richmond at 11 a.m., with the tournament championship game scheduled for 2 p.m.
Piqua is coming off a 14-8 road win over Richmond and splitting two games with Hillsboro.
Against Richmond, Piqua scored 11 runs in the first two innings and never trailed.
Josh Osterholt started the game, with Travis Smith relieving him in the fourth and finishing off the win.
Smith was 3-for-5 at the plate with a double and three runs scored.
Matt McGillivary was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a run scored, while Dakota Iddings walked three times, had a triple and a RBI and scored three runs.
Michael Anderson had a hit and three RBIs, while Logan Harris had a double, a RBI and three runs scored. Howie Ludwig added a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Piqua scored three runs from third on passed balls in the game.
The game came to a bizarre end in the eighth inning.
Dakota Iddings suffered what appears to be a season-ending injury after a successful steal attempt. He hurt his arm on what appeared to be a clean slide and no contact by the Richmond second basemen.
“He was in pain,” Post 194 manager Jeff Jennings said. “It seemed like a dislocation of his elbow. X-rays determined no break. It could be a possible torn muscle or ligaments.. We don’t know yet. When we got him to the dugout he past out causing a timely delay while paramedics got him stabilized. Both teams decided the game was over..
“Its a shame that type of thing happens to a great young man. He was finding a way to contribute to our team on a consistent basis. He has been hitting the ball well,playing outfield well and pitching pretty good.
“We will miss him in the line up.. Someone will have to step up and pick up some slack.. Hopefully its not season ending but we wont push him to play. He still has his senior season for Piqua and another season with us to look forward to.”
Hillsboro won the opening game 10-6, before Piqua won the second game 14-2.
Piqua had a 5-3 lead in the opener before losing.
Josh Osterholt was 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored
Smith was 3-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored, while Noah Richard was 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Anderson was 1-for-2.
After trailing 2-0 in the second game, Post 184 scored 14 unanswered runs.
Logan Harris was 4-for-5 with four RBIs a walk and a run scored.
Osterholt was 2-for-4 with two walks, two RBIs and two runs scored; while Richard had a hit, three runs scored and two walks.
Smith and Walker Branson both walked three times and scored two runs.
Tonight’s game starts at 8 p.m.