By Rob Kiser
A scheduled doubleheader was changed to one game Tuesday night at Hardman Field and the Piqua Post 184 American Legion baseball team made the most of the opportunity against the Springfield Titans.
Piqua opened a 7-2 lead early and held on for a 7-4 victory to improve to 19-13.
Michael Anderson and Braden Goodwin combined on an eighth-hitter for Post 184.
Anderson pitched the first seven-plus innings, striking out six, walking four and hitting two batters. Goodwin closed out the game, striking out four.
The Titans had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the first before Post 184 took control.
Kawambee Moss had walked with one out. He stole second, went to third when the throw went into centerfield and scored on Sean Johnson’s double.
Piqua answered with three runs in the home first.
Parker Link singled, stole second and ended up scoring on a wild pitch.
With two outs, Goodwin walked and came around to score on Mason Justice’s triple. Justice crossed the plate when Max Schutt reached on an error to make it 3-1.
Post 184 added three more runs in the third.
Matt McGillivary walked and Travis Smith walked.
With two outs, Justice singled to score McGillivary and when the throw got by the catcher, Smith scored as well. Justice ended up at third and scored on a wild pitch to make it 6-1.
Both teams got single runs in the fifth.
For the Titans, Jarod Hope, Kalus Arnold and Aaren Craycraft all singled, before Chandler Woodland walked to force in a run and make it 6-2.
But, Anderson was able to get a double play and a line out to get out of the jam.
Post 184 got the run back when Link and McGillivary were hit by pitches and Smith walked to load the bases and Goodwin was hit by a pitch to force in a run.
It remained 7-2 until the eighth when the Titans loaded the bases with no outs, bringing in Goodwin.
After two strikeouts, Craycraft drilled a two-run single to make it 7-4, but that was close as the Titans could get.
Post 184 will host Troy Post 43 at 7:30 p.m. Friday night and 3 Oaks Legion from Michigan in a doubleheader Saturday, before traveling to Circleville Legion Sunday.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.