By Rob Kiser
The Piqua Post 184 American Legion baseball team pulled out a 7-6 win over the Miami Valley Prospects 17U team in eight innings Tuesday at Hardman Field.
Post 184 had taken a 6-3 lead to the seventh, before the Prospects scored three runs to tie it.
In the top of the eighth, Michael Anderson relieved Brayden Goodwin and had a strikeout, before Jon Fields walked.
Anderson then got a double play ball to give Post 184 a chance to win it in the home eighth.
With one out, Travis Smith singled and Matt McGillivary walked.
Jake Whisman took over on the mound for the Prospects and on Andrew Lundvall’s fielder’s choice, Smith was forced out a third.
But, the throw to first to complete a double play to end the inning was wide and McGillivary scored before the Pospects could chase the throw down in foul territory along the right-field line, giving Post 184 and Anderson the win.
Piqua had jumped out to an early 3-0 lead.
In the first Josh Osterholt singled and Smith doubled. Both runners scored on Lundvall’s double to make it 2-0.
In the Prospects second, a runner tried to scored from second on an errant throw to third on a steal, but was cut down at the plate with catcher Mason Justice making the tag.
Dylan Arnold circled the bases for Post 184 in the second.
He reached on a throwing error and continued all the way to third. When the throw to third was wild, he scored to make it 3-0.
The Prospects cut the lead to 3-1 off Piqua pitcher Noah Richard in the third, when CJ Trevino doubled and scored on an error with two outs.
Piqua made it 5-1 in the home fourth.
After Justice reached on an error, Logan Harris doubled him in and scored on Arnold’s fielder’s choice.
Goodwin took over for Richard on the mound in the fifth.
After a walk to Austin Knapke and a single by Kenny Atkinson, Rhett Gipe had a two-run double to make it 5-3.
Piqua made it 6-3 in the home fifth when Smith tripled and scored on Howie Ludwig’s sacrifice fly.
It stayed that way until the seventh.
After a walk, Knapke and Alby Baker singled to load the bases.
Atkinson had a RBI single and Nathan Blei’s fielder’s choice tied the game when the throw to first for a double play was wild, letting a second run score.
Fields pitched a scoreless seventh for the Prospects, setting up the dramatic finish.
Richard allowed just three hits in four innings and combined with Goodwin and Anderson on an eight-hitter. They struck out five, walked four and hit two batters.
Baker, Blei, Fields and Whisman combined on an eight-hitter for the Prospects, striking out seven, walking three and hitting one batter.
Post 184 will play at Richmond Thursday.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.