Piqua baseball bounced back with win over Greenville


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Travis Smith dives back into first base Tuesday against Greenville at Hardman Field.


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua first baseman Derek Hite gets low to make a putout against Greenville Tuesday at Hardman Field.


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua pitcher Blake Wright fires a strike against Greenville Tuesday at Hardman Field.


By Rob Kiser

rkiser@civitasmedia.com

The Piqua baseball team took out some frustrations and celebrated Senior Night with a 7-5 win over Greenville Tuesday at Harmon Field.

After losing 4-3 to Northmont Saturday, Piqua had let a 3-1 against Greenville get away Monday, losing 4-3 in 11 innings.

Piqua improves to 9-11 overall and 6-5 in GWOC American action.

Greenville drops to 8-12 overall and 4-7 in GWOC American play.

Things didn’t start well Tuesday, with Greenville scoring two runs in the top of the first without a hit.

Landon Eldridge walked and one out later, Logan Eldridge was hit by a pitch.

An error loaded the bases and a wild pitch scored Landon Eldridge and moved runners to second and third.

Logan Eldridge scored on Peter Pandey’s sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.

Piqua answered with a run in the home first.

After two-out walks to Travis Smith and Derek Hite, Blake Wright drilled a RBI single to cut the deficit in half.

Piqua took the lead for good in the second.

With one out, Mick Karn walked and Owen Toopes was hit by a pitch.

Dakota Iddings hit a grounder to second, but the throw to second ended up in centerfield, scoring Karn.

Ethan Garland followed with a RBI double down the line to give Piqua a 3-2 lead.

Smith had a sacrifice fly and Hite had a RBI single to give the Indians a 5-2 lead.

Greenville cut the lead to 5-3 in the third.

Singles by Tanner Ross, Pandey and Kyle Mills after two were out scored a run.

Tyler Beyke relieved Pandey in the Piqua third and was able to get out of a first and second and no out jam without allowing a run.

Piqua would make it 6-3 in the fourth with back-to-back doubles in the left-center field gap by Smith and Hite.

Once again Greenville battled back, scoring two runs in the fifth.

Landon Eldridge had his second double in the inning to put runners on second and third with two out.

The first run scored on Beyke’s RBI single and the second run scored when Logan Eldridge reached on an error, making it 6-5.

Piqua got one run back in the home sixth when Smith singled, Hite reached on an error and Wright had his second RBI single of the game to make it 7-5.

Wright then finished off a complete game, nine-hitter in the seventh to give Piqua the win.

Wright struck out four, hit one batter and walked one batter.

Pandey and Beyke combined on a seven-hitter for Greenville, striking out five, walking three and hitting three batters.

Piqua will host Xenia Thursday in GWOC American action.

Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Travis Smith dives back into first base Tuesday against Greenville at Hardman Field.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/04/web1_travissmith.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua’s Travis Smith dives back into first base Tuesday against Greenville at Hardman Field.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua first baseman Derek Hite gets low to make a putout against Greenville Tuesday at Hardman Field.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/04/web1_derekhite-1.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua first baseman Derek Hite gets low to make a putout against Greenville Tuesday at Hardman Field.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua pitcher Blake Wright fires a strike against Greenville Tuesday at Hardman Field.
http://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2017/04/web1_blakewright.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua pitcher Blake Wright fires a strike against Greenville Tuesday at Hardman Field.