BELLEFONTAINE — The Piqua baseball team lost to Bellefontaine 4-2 in D-I sectional opening round play.
Bellefontaine had scored three runs in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead, but Piqua rallied with two in the sixth.
Blake Wright, who was 2-for-3, had a one-out single and Logan Harris walked.
They moved to second and third on Michael Ashcraft’s fielder’s choice and Mick Karn drilled a two-run double to make it 3-2.
But, Bellefontaine added a run in the home sixth and Piqua could not score in the seventh.
Travis Smith took the loss, with relief help from Wright.
They combined on an 11-hitter, striking out three and walking five.
Piqua had just five hits off four different pitchers.
Piqua is 11-14 on the season.
Lehman added a game with perennial power Coldwater Tuesday at Lehman in non-league play, and led most of the way. But Coldwater scored five times in the sixth to win 8-6.
Lehman is 21-3. Coldwater is 16-5.
For Lehman, Parker Riley and Jared Rourke both doubled, and Rourke and Bryce Kennedy both drove in two runs. Dylan Arnold scored twice.
for tourney win
JACKSON CENTER — Jackson Center was making plans to play in the Division 4 Sectional softball semifinals, but Lehman had other ideas. And it led to an amazing turn of events in first-round action Tuesday at Jackson Center.
The Lady Cavaliers fell behind 11-5 after Jackson put together back-to-back five-run innings, and that’s where the score stood going to the top of the seventh inning.
But Lehman rallied on the strength of two three-run hits and scored seven times before Jackson got the second out of the inning. The Lady Cavs added one more, then held on in the bottom of the seventh for an improbable 13-12 victory that advanced them to the semifinals.
They will return to tournament action on Thursday at top-seeded Newton.
Grace Brandt opened Lehman’s seventh with a walk, and Carly Edwards and Camille Odle followed with singles to load the bases.
Then came the first three-run hit, a bases-clearing triple by Abby Schutt to cut the lead to 11-8.
But the Lady Cavs were far from done.
Brogan McIver was hit by a pitch, and Amanda Titterington then singled Schutt home to make it 11-9. Grace Monnin then stepped in and belted her seventh homer of the season to plate three more runs and give Lehman a stunning one-run lead.
After two outs, Brandt and Edwards singled, and the next two hitters walked, forcing in Brandt with what proved to be the winning run.
For Lehman, Monnin also singled and doubled and Schutt added two singles to her triple. Brandt singled and doubled, and Edwards, Odle and Titterington all singled twice.
For Jackson, Camryn Hoehne had a triple and two singles, Conner Pipke had three singles, Ally Russo singled and doubled, and Kylie Hartle, Katie Sosby and Riley Jackson all singled twice.
advance with win
BRADFORD — Eighth-seeded Bradford had little trouble with No. 13 Mississinawa Valley to open the Division IV sectional tournament, defeating the Blackhawks 11-0 in five innings Tuesday.
Bradford advances to face No. 2 Russia Thursday.
RUSSIA — Russia moved to within two games of a perfect SCAL season and clinched an outright league title with a 27-0 rout of visiting Fairlawn in softball action Monday.
The Lady Raiders are now 10-0 in the County and 17-6 overall. They hold a three-game lead over second-place Houston with just two to play, starting with Friday at Fort Loramie.
Russia led 9-0 after two innings, then scored 19 in their next two at-bats, leaving the Lady Jets 1-9 in the league and 1-16 overall.
Maria Herron had four hits, including two doubles, to lead Russia’s 22-hit attack. Savanah Albers and Mishaylee O’Reilly had three hits apiece and Maddie Borchers and Katie Schwartz two hits each.
Borchers was the winning pitcher, striking out 10 in five innings.
HOUSTON — Botkins lost to Houston in a county game Monday 17-3.
Houston goes to 13-11 and Botkins 1-16.
For Houston, Sarah Monnier had four hits, Ally Foster had three hits with a double, Jenna Jarrett had three hits with two doubles, Kaytlyn Riffel had three hits and Addie White two hits.
Courtnie Sutton tripled for Botkins.
win over Lehman
HOUSTON — Houston posted a 21-4 win over Lehman recently in five innings.
Lehman led 2-0 after scoring in the top of the second, but Houston responded with 11 in the bottom of the inning, even though the first two batters in the inning made outs.
Sarah Monnier had three hits, including two doubles, and drove in four runs for Houston. Ally Foster singled and doubled, Olivia Bowser had two hits, Jenna Jarrett singled and doubled, and Kaytlyn Riffel and Rebekah New both doubled.
For Lehman, Grace Monnin had a two-run homer, her sixth round-tripper of the season, and Angela Brunner had two singles.
TROY — Piqua singles players Brad McPherson and Isaiah Smith picked up wins at the Troy D-I tennis sectionals Wednesday.
McPherson had a bye and defeated Aaron Lobenstein of Greenville 7-5, 1-6, 6-2; before losing to Mitchell Forland of Tecumseh 6-0, 6-0.
Isaiah Smith had a bye before defeating Lindsay Stevenson of Bellefontaine 6-3, 6-0. He lost to Logan Searcy of Sidney 6-1, 6-0.
Sean Hatke had a bye before losing to Cameron Danile of Northmont 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.
In doubles, Willis Young and Kate Dolder lost to Wayne 6-1, 6-2 and Greg Reyes and Eli Bloom withdrew due to illness.