BEAVERCREEK—The Piqua baseball team broke into the win column Saturday, knocking off previously unbeaten Beavercreek 9-8 on the road.
“Obviously, the first three games of the season didn’t go the way we expected and we knew things had to change,” Piqua coach Jared Askins said. “Our pitching struggled giving up eight runs, but to beat a very strong Beavercreek team is huge. Hopefully, we can just keep it going from here.”
Logan Harris was 2-for-2 with a double, three RBI and was the winning pitcher.
Rupert Delacruz and Derek Hite were both 2-for-5 with a double and one RBI.
Travis Smith and Derrick Gullett were both 2-for-4, while Cory Cottrell had a double and Blake Wright and Ethan Garland had one RBI each.
Gullett was the starting pitcher, with Harris, Zach Luttrell and Hite pitching in relief.
They combined to strike out seven and walk six.
On Friday, Piqua was leading 5-2 going to the home sixth inning Friday at Tecumseh, before the Arrows rallied for four runs to win 6-5 in non-conference action.
“We hit the ball very well but couldn’t get the big hit to break the game open when we had opportunities throughout the game,” Piqua coach Jared Askins said. “The effort was much better.”
Wright pitched a four-hitter in five-plus innings. Delacruz took the loss in relief.
Noah Lyman was 4-for-5 at the plate, while Wright was 2-for-4 with a double.
Delacruz was 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI, while Hite had a double and one RBI.
Garland and Harris both had one RBI.
Piqua, 1-4, will play at Trotwood-Madison Monday, before hosting the Rams Tuesday.
to NWCC win
SIDNEY — Lehman scored in every inning in routing Lima Perry in Northwest Central Conference action Saturday at Lehman, 14-4.
It was Lehman’s second win of the season in as many games, both coming against Perry to put the Cavs at 2-0 in the NWCC.
Parker Riley gave up three straight hits to start the game, then settled down and went all five innings for the Cavs. He fanned three and walked one.
“Parker did a good job of not letting it get away in the first,” said King. “After giving up three straight hits to start the game, he only allowed one run in the inning. And we made some nice plays behind him.”
Lehman came back with two in the first, then added three in the second and four in the third to take control.
Dylan Arnold, Tyler Lachey and Riley all had three hits and doubled for the Cavs. Max Schutt had two singles, and Nate Bosway, Brandon Barhorst and Stephen Monnin all doubled.
Arnold, Bosway and Monnin all scored three times, Riley drove in four runs, and Schutt and Lachey had two RBIs apiece.
Lehman was scheduled to play a second game Saturday afternoon against Covington, and led 7-6 after three innings when the game was suspended because of the weather.
The Cavs are at home against Marion Local today.
PLEASANT HILL — The Newton Indians returned home from Georgia Saturday and swept visiting Ponitz, winning 14-4 and 11-0.
Bryan Delcamp and Troy Denlinger picked up victories on the mound, and Rhett Gipe hit a home run. No further details were provided.
Newton travels to Miami East for a Cross County Conference matchup Monday.
WEST LIBERTY — Miami East fell to 0-3 on the season Friday with a 6-2 loss at West Liberty-Salem.
Austin Rutledge started the game for the Vikings, giving up only one run in four innings, while Braxton Donaldson finished the game and gave up five runs — only three earned — in three innings. The Vikings, meanwhile, couldn’t get anything going offensively, scattering six hits.
Miami East hosts Newton Monday in a Cross County Conference matchup.
HOUSTON — The Houston Wildcats went to 2-1 on the season thanks to another pitching gem from Zach Jolly, who blanked the Ansonia Tigers on just three hits in a 9-1 verdict.
Jolly struck out 12 Ansonia hitters, giving him 21 strikeouts in two route-going performances so far this season.
The win gave the Wildcats a 2-2 record on the year.
The game was closer than the score indicates. Houston got three in the first two innings, but still led just 4-1 after five. But the Wildcats then tacked on five more runs in the sixth to pull away.
Howie Ludwig was 2 for 3 for Houston, scored twice and stole three bases. Andrew Miller was 2 for 2 and Jacob Gates 2 for 4. Nick Shoemaker scored three times and stole two bases, and both Dylan Hensley and Isaiah Beaver doubled and drove in two runs.
BRADFORD – Parker Smith and Andy Branson combined to throw a one-hitter as the Bradford baseball team beat Fairlawn 3-2.
Fairlawn took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, and Bradford tied the game in the bottom of the second. The Railroaders went up 3-1 with runs in the fourth and fifth innings before the Jets scored the game’s final run in the sixth.
Bradford had seven hits and three errors in the game. Fairlawn had one hit and four errors.
Smith pitched six innings, allowing two unearned runs on one hit, three walks and 10 strikeouts. Branson pitched one perfect inning in relief, striking out two.
Jeff Wolf went 1-for-3 with a home run for Bradford. Mason Justice was 1-for-4 with a RBI. Smith went 2-for-4 with a double. Bryant Byers was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Branson and Wade Gerlach also had hits, and Bryson Canan scored a run.
Bradford is now 2-3 on the season.
PITSBURG — Russia broke away from a 3-3 tie after four innings and scored nine times over the next two frames to rout Franklin Monroe 12-3 in non-league baseball action on the road Saturday.
Russia was leading 13-3 in the second game when it was called because of the weather, so the Raiders stand at 2-1 on the season.
Jonah Counts had three hits, including a double, to lead the Raiders’ 14-hit attack. Connor Monnin, Zach Sherman, Bryant McCarty and Jordan Swartz all had two hits each, Evan Monnier had three RBIs and Kevin Drees two RBIs. One of Swartz’s hit was a double. McCarty scored three times and Drew Sherman and Counts twice each.
Before the second game was suspended, Drew Sherman had two hits and drove in three, and Swartz had two hits. Jared Goubeaux drove in two runs and Monnin, both Shermans, Goubeaux and Dion Puthoff all scored twice.
LEWISBURG – The Versailles baseball team scored 37 runs on Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader against Tri-County North 20-7 and 17-5.
In the first game, Brett McEldowney was 4-for-6 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Kyle Rutschilling went 3-for-5 with three doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored. Keaton McEldowney was 3-for-5 with a walk, a double, three RBIs and two runs scored.
Austin Knapke was 3-for-6 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Cole Niekamp went 3-for-6 with a stolen base, two RBIs and two runs scored. Jared Niekamp was 3-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Collin Peters was 2-for-5 with a RBI and three runs scored.
Brett McEldowney earned the win as he pitched five and two-third innings, allowing six earned runs and one unearned run on 10 hits, one walk, one hit batter and four strikeouts. Knapke finished the game in relief, allowing one hit and no walks.
In the second game, Cole Niekamp went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored in game two. Subler went 3-for-3 with a walk, a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. Kurtis Rutschilling was 3-for-4 with a double, a RBI and two runs scored.
Peters was 2-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored.
Keaton McEldowney earned the win as he pitched four innings and allowed four earned runs and one unearned run on six hits, two walks and three strikeouts. Lyons pitched one scoreless inning in relief, allowing one hit.
Versailles, who is now 5-0 on the season, will play at Covington today.
Kyle Subler hit a game-winning home run as the Versailles baseball team overcame a four-run deficit to defeat Franklin Monroe 8-5 on Friday.
Subler went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored for Versailles. Collin Peters was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored. Brett McEldowney went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.
Jared Niekamp went 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored.
Collin Peters earned the win for Versailles as he pitched 4 and one-third scoreless innings, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out one. Brett McEldowney and Jacob Heitkamp both pitched a perfect inning.
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