HUBER HEIGHTS — Ashley Ho tied for third in the high jump at the Wayne Invitational Thursday.
The Piqua senior cleared 5-2.
Piqua junior Derek Hite had another strong outing against Xenia Thursday, pitching a two-hit shutout in Piqua’s 7-0 win at Hardman Field.
Hite struck out six and walked one as Piqua improved to 10-11 overall and 7-5 in GWOC American play.
Piqua took a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Dakota Iddings singled, Ethan Garland walked and Hite singled to load the bases with one out.
Blake Wright had a RBI single and Michael Ashcraft added a sacrfice fly.
Piqua made it 3-0 in the third.
Garland walked and came around to score on Travis Smith’s sacrifice fly.
Piqua broke it open with three runs in the fourth.
Owen Toopes had a two-run single and Iddings had a RBI single.
Piqua made it 7-0 in the fifth when Smith doubled and scored on Wright’s sacrifice fly.
Iddings was 3-for-4 and Wright was 2-for-3.
Piqua will host Troy Monday and play at Troy Tuesday.
big win in NWCC
SIDNEY — Lehman took a big step toward a Northwest Central Conference championship Thursday, pulling away from Riverside for a 13-3 victory in action at Lehman.
The Cavaliers are 11-0 in the league and own a two-game lead with three remaining. Overall, they are now 18-2.
Riverside drops to 12-9 overall and are 8-4 in the league.
The game was closer than the score indicates, with the Cavs leading just 6-3 after five innings. But in the bottom of the sixth, the Cavs scored seventimes to end the game right there.
Dylan Arnold had three hits and drove in three runs, and Bryce Kennedy three hits and two RBIs to lead the Cavs’ 12-hit attack.
Brandon Simmons singled and doubled, Parker Riley had two hits, two RBIs and scored three times, and Ryan Schmidt added a double.
In addition, Tyler Lachey scored three times and Brandon Barhorst coaxed three walks.
Lehman has had a couple of changes in its schedule. The Cavaliers will now host Lima Perry on Saturday and play at Perry on Monday. And Tuesday’s schedule game with Springfield Catholic has been canceled.
CASSTOWN — A late Miami East rally came up short Thursday in a non-league loss at Springfield, 8-6.
The Vikings (9-7) fell behind 6-2 after three innings, but a three-run sixth put them back into the game. The Wildcats were able to hang on, though, plating single runs in the sixth and seventh to put away the win.
Brandon Wilson was 3 for 4 with two doubles and Colton Purves, who also took the loss on the mound, was 2 for 4 in the game.
rally for win
The Piqua softball team celebrated Senior Night with a seventh-inning rally against Xenia Thursday in GWOC American play.
Piqua trailed 6-5 going to the home seventh.
Mariah Blankenship had a double to score Kendra Forness and tie the game and Rayna Brownlee followed with a walk-off hit to win the game.
Cheyenne Clark pitched the last three innings to pick up the win.
Piqua, 11-12 overall and 6-6 in GWOC American play, will host Troy Monday and play at Troy Tuesday.
SIDNEY — Lehman had Riverside at home this time, but the outcome was the same, the Lady Pirates beating the Lady Cavs for the second game in a row, 18-6 in Northwest Central Conference action Thursday at Lehman.
The Lady Cavs go to 6-9 overall while Riverside improved to 18-5.
Lehman was led in hitting by Grace Monnin, who had a double and her fifth home run of the season.
Amanda Titterington and Carly Edwards both singled and doubled and Sidney Chapman had a double.
For Riverside, winning pitcher Shelby Giles had a big day at the plate, too, belting two home runs. Lauren Anderson also homered, Kristin Davidson had a single and three doubles, Aubrie Stillings singled three times and Helena Faulder singled and doubled.
lose to Arcanum
COVINGTON — The Covington softball team dropped to second place in the Cross County Conference standings, falling to 8-2 in the league and 13-7 overall after an 8-6 loss to Arcanum Thursday.
Arcanum (16-4, 8-2 CCC) put together four-run innings in both the fourth and fifth to take an 8-1 lead, but the Buccaneers answered with a five-run fifth to get back into the game. Lexie Long and Sarah Hubbard each homered and drove in two runs for the Buccs, and Emma Dammyer doubled and had multiple hits as both teams collected 10 hits and committed two errors — but the Trojans were simply able to take advantage of more of their chances.
VERSAILLES — Versailles kept Russia off the board until the seventh and came away with a 4-2 victory in a non-league battle of backyard rivals.
The win puts Versailles at 14-7 on the year. Russia saw its five-game winning streak come to an end, but the Lady Raiders are still 14-5 this season.
Versailles got one in the third and three in the fourth. Russia got both its runs in the seventh.
Versailles won despite being outhit 9-4 and having just four singles in the game, two by Caitlin McEldowney. She also drove in two runs.
No hitting highlights were available on Russia.
The Piqua tennis team lost two matches recently.
Piqua lost to Bellefontaine 3-2.
In singles, Sean Hatke won 6-0, 6-0; Brad McPherson won 6-2, 6-3; and Isaiah Smith lost 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4).
In doubles, Greg Reyes and Eli Bloom lost 3-6, 6-1, 6-2; and Willis Young and Kate Dulder lost 6-3, 6-0.
Piqua lost to Greenville 5-0.
In singles, Hatke lost 6-2, 6-2; McPherson lost 6-0, 6-1; and Smith lost 6-0, 6-2.
In doubles, Reyes and Bloom lost 6-0, 6-1; and Young and Dulder lost 6-1, 6-1.
Piqua will host Stivers Monday.