The Piqua Post 184 American Legion baseball team got off to a fast start and never looked back in a 12-2 run-rule win over Troy Post 43 on Thursday.
In the opening inning, Dylan Arnold led off with a shot to right-center and Howie Ludwig doubled to score Arnold.
Travis Smith then hit a hard shot to second that couldn’t be handled to score Ludwig..
Following a walk to Joe McGillivary, Logan Harris had a two-run single to make it 4-0. Josh Osterholt also had a single, before Troy was able to end the rally.
Ludwig and Travis Smith started the second inning with back-to-back doubles to make it 5-0 and McGillivary had a sacrifice fly to score Smith and make it 6-0.
Troy got on the board with a couple hits to make it 6-2 through top of fourth..
But, Piqua quickly got those runs back in the home fifth.
Arnold had a lead-off single, moved to second on a Ludwig ground out and came around on Smith’s single to left. Smith advanced to third on the play at the plate on Arnold and scored on a passed ball to make it 8-2.
Piqua made it 10-2 in the fifth.
Harris started the inning with a single to left, moved to second on an infield error when Osterholt hit a shot to second that could not be handled.
Will Eversole then moved them both up with a sacrifice bunt and Iddings hit to the right side of infield to score Harris from third. Osterholt then scored on another passed ball to make it 10-2.
In the seventh, Michael Ashcraft walked, moved to third on an error on a pickoff throw and scored on Harris’ sacrifice fly to make it 11-2.
Piqua closed the scoring with a walk-off run in the eighth to end the game.
Ludwig walked, Smith reached on an error and McGillivary walked to load the bases. Ashcraft followed with a sacrifice fly to end the game and make it 12-2.
Seth Clayton was handling Troy’s bats all night on the mound for Piqua.
He gave up single runs in the third and fourth innings, but pitched extremly well for the whole game.
He scattered nine hits over seven innings, striking out six and walking three. Nathan Lefeld came in for the eighth inning and had two strikouts.
“Sure is nice to have a young man like Seth (Clayton) to hand the ball to in a big league opener,” Piqua Post 184 coach Justin Jennings said. “Then having big Nate (Lefeld) to come in late and throw hard as well. Our whole team played a great game and we deserved that win but we know Troy wont back down the next time.
“They will come ready to play. Thats what a well coached team like Troy does.. We play them again next week, so we will see how both teams react to the first game..”
Ludwig was 2-for-3 with two doubles, three runs scored and two walks; while Travis Smith had a double and single with three runs scored and two RBIs.
Harris was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and a run scored and Joe McGillivary had three RBIs.
In a win over Hillsboro 4-3 last week, Travis Smith 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored, while Ashcraft had a hit and a RBI.
Joe McGillivary had a double and a run scored, while Harris had a triple and two RBIs.
When Greenville visits Hardman Field on June 13, Post 184 will be raffling off four Dayton Dragons tickets for a game on Aug. 15.
The seats are close to the action and Tony Wendeln donated the tickets.
Tickets are $1 or $5 for an arms length.
All proceeds benefit Piqua Post 184 American Legion baseball.
A Piqua youth basketball camp for grades 1-8 will be held June 5-8 at Piqua Central Intermediate School.
The camp will run from 12:30-3 p.m. and cost of the camp is $40.
That includes a camp t-shirt and registration will be at the door.
This year’s camp will be under the instruction of new Piqua boys basketball coach Steve Grasso and members of the varsity team.
low at Echo
Mike Bosse was low gross with 35 in the Thursday Industrial League at Echo Hills.
JayDee Denson was second with 36, while Kirt Huemmer and Brian Deal tied for third with 37.
Jeff Dawson was low net with 30.
Ken Hostetter and Jeff Jackson tied for second with 31.
Paul Sherry Chrysler 35
Hemm’s Glass 28.5
Tim Horton’s 28.5
Erwin Distributing 26.5
Classic Concrete 21.5
A.R.M.S. Inc. 21.5
Koverman Staley Dickerson 20.5
Jenning’s Construction 20
Atlantis Sportswear 17
Winsupply Of Piqua 8