By Rob Kiser
There have been a number of games between Piqua Post 184 and Troy Post 43 American Legion baseball teams over the years.
But, the finish to Tuesday night’s district tournament opener has to go down as one of the most bizarre.
Troy was leading 4-0 in the seventh inning with the bases loaded an no outs when a balk was called.
After Post 184’s pitcher’s reaction led to an ejection, it left Piqua with just eight players.
After searching the rule book for 15 minutes, it was determined that Piqua could not finish the game with eight players, bringing an early end to the game.
In the first game, Sidney had defeated Greenville 12-2 in seven innings.
On Wednesday, Sidney and Troy were scheduled to meet in the winner’s bracket at 5 p.m., with Piqua and Greenville playing an elimination game at 8 p.m.
Thursday, the loser of the first game and winner of the second game will play in an elimination game, with the championship game set for Friday. If a second game is necessary, it will be played Saturday.
Piqua had scored double-digit runs of Troy in each of the two regular season meetings.
Tuesday was a different story, as Troy Powers and Logan Donovan combined on a two-hit shutout, with one of those being a bunt single.
The two pitchers combined to strike out nine and walk four.
Troy did most of its damage in the opening inning.
Post 43’s first four batters had hits in a three-run inning, but Troy managed just one hit the rest of the game.
Keaton Mohler led off the game with a single and Austin Kendall and Ian Yunker followed with singles to load the bases.
Anthony Steele had a two-run double and Mitchell Lindsey had a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.
Logan Harris had a single in the bottom of the first inning, but Powers struck out the side to keep Piqua off the board.
Troy made it 4-0 in the third.
Kendall and Yunker walked and with one out, Lindsey drilled a RBI double to make it 4-0.
Josh Osterholt had a leadoff bunt single in the fifth and Travis Smith drew a two-out walk.
But, the inning ended with Troy catcher Anthony Steele throwing a runner out trying to steal third.
After Donovan relieved Powers in the sixth, he started with two walks before retiring the next three batters.
In the Troy seventh, Yunker was hit by a pitch and Steele and Lindsey both walked, leading to all the drama and a bizarre finish.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.