Piqua baseball loses 4-3 to Tecumseh


Mike Ullery | Daily Call Spencer Lavey tags out a Tecumseh baserunner Saturday while Owen Toopes backs up the throw.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call Owen Toopes fields a ground ball for Piqua Saturday at Hardman Field.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call Piqua’s Logan Harris delivers a strike to the plate.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call Piqua’s Dakota Iddings races toward first base Saturday.


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The Piqua baseball team played a single-game with Tecumseh Saturday and came up on the short end of a 4-3 score.

The game was tied 3-3 going to the seventh, before Tecumseh scored what would be the winning run.

“It was a tough day to hit,” Piqua coach Brad Lavey said. “But, they (Tecumseh) were playing in the same conditions. They got one more hit when they needed then we did.”

Piqua had taken a 1-0 lead in the first, but Tecumseh scored two runs in the second.

Piqua scored two in the third to go up 3-2, before Tecumseh tied with a run in the fourth.

It stayed that way until the seventh.

Logan Harris pitched six-and one-third innings, before Zack Luttrell finished in the seventh.

Harris had five walks and three strikeouts.

“Logan (Harris) struggled a little early, then settled down and pitched pretty well,” Lavey said.

Owen Toopes, Travis Smith and Mick Karn had hits for Piqua.

Derek Hite drove one run in with a fielder’s choice and Blake Wright had a sacrifice fly for a RBI.

Piqua is now 1-4 on the season.

“I think we all learned a lot about each other this week,” Lavey said. “I learned about the kids and they learned about me. It is a continuous process. We are working to get better.”

Piqua will open GWOC American play Monday and Tuesday.

They play at Vandalia-Butler Monday, before hosting the Aviators on Tuesday.

Lehman baseball

rolls to two wins

DOLA — Lehman had 45 runs and 43 hits on the day in sweeping a doubleheader from Hardin Northern in Northwest Central Conference action Saturday afternoon.

The wins give the Cavaliers a 3-0 record heading into a game today at Marion Local.

The first game Saturday ended up 30-0 in five innings, and included something that Lehman head coach Dave King said he’d never experienced in his lengthy career.

The Cavs led 1-0 after scoring a run in the first. Then in the second inning, they had a runner on second and two outs. But before the inning ended, they scored 21 runs, and finished the inning with 18 hits, 17 of them coming after two were out.

“I’d never seen anything like that,” said King. “It didn’t matter who was up or who was pitching, we just got solid hits.”

For the game, Dylan Arnold had two doubles and a triple and Brandon Barhorst had a double.

The second game ended up 15-0 with the Cavs adding 15 more hits, including a double and a triple by Arnold, and doubles by Parker Riley and Tyler Lachey.

Brandon Simmons went all five in the first game and struck out 10, and Drew Barhorst went all five in the second game and struck out 11.

Newton goes

to 6-1 on year

PLEASANT HILL — After routing Stivers 20-3 on Friday night, the Newton baseball team finished a 6-1 opening week stretch by sweeping a doubleheader against Emmanuel Christian Saturday, winning 10-0 and 7-1 at home.

Treg Jackson got the win in the first game, striking out seven and giving up only one hit in four innings of work.

Austin Evans went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to lead the offense, Ryan Mollette was 2-for-3 and scored twice and Nate Zielinski had two RBIs.

And in the second game, Mash Lavy pitched all seven innings to get the win, striking out six and scattering four hits. Mollette had two RBIs and Troy Denlinger added two RBIs in the win.

Newton hosts Miami East in a Cross County Conference matchup on Tuesday.

Russia stays

perfect on year

RUSSIA — The Russia Raiders remained unbeaten on the year at 3-0 with an 11-0 victory over Franklin-Monroe in non-league baseball action Saturday at Russia.

The Raiders are scheduled to host Arcanum today.

Russia led 4-0 after F-M batted in the top of the fourth, but struck for seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to set up the 10-run rule.

Hunter Cohee had a big day for the Raiders. He was 3-5 for five with a two-run home run and five runs batted in. And he also pitched the five-innings and ended up with a no-hitter. Of the 15 outs Franklin-Monroe had, 12 were struck out by the Raider hurler. And he walked just two.

Dion Puthoff was 3-for-4 and scored twice, Drew Sherman was 2-for-2, scored twice and drove in two, Daril Lavy singled, doubled and drove in two runs, and Jack Dapore was 2-for-3.

Cats keep

on winning

HOUSTON — Houston won for the second straight day, beating New Bremen at home Saturday 5-1 in non-league play.

The Wildcats, who also beat Ansonia Friday night, are now 2-3 on the year and scheduled to host Botkins tonight in County play.

Dylan Hensley was 3-for-4 with a double for Houston, and Tristan Freistuhler was 2-for-3 and drove in two runs.

Isaiah Beaver pitched outstanding ball for the Wildcats, going the distance and scattering eight hits. He struck out nine and walked two.

Luke Vonderhaar of New Bremen was 3-for-3 with a double.

• Houston also won on Friday, beating Ansonia 6-2.

Fresituhler was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, Hensley 2-for-2 with two RBIs, and Howie Ludwig had two stolen bases.

Ludwig got the win.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Spencer Lavey tags out a Tecumseh baserunner Saturday while Owen Toopes backs up the throw.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/04/web1_040117mju_bb_phs_23-2.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Spencer Lavey tags out a Tecumseh baserunner Saturday while Owen Toopes backs up the throw.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Owen Toopes fields a ground ball for Piqua Saturday at Hardman Field.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/04/web1_040117mju_bb_phs_19-2.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Owen Toopes fields a ground ball for Piqua Saturday at Hardman Field.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Piqua’s Logan Harris delivers a strike to the plate.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/04/web1_040117mju_bb_phs_7-2.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Piqua’s Logan Harris delivers a strike to the plate.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Piqua’s Dakota Iddings races toward first base Saturday.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/04/web1_040117mju_bb_phs_5-2.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Piqua’s Dakota Iddings races toward first base Saturday.