By Rob Kiser
GREENVILLE — It is often said the measure of a team is how they respond to adversity.
If that is the case, the Piqua American Legion Post 184 baseball team measures up pretty well.
Coming off a tough loss to Sidney Post 217 to open the District 2 tournament, Piqua responded by jumping all over Greenville at Sater Park Thursday, staying alive in the tournament with a 16-4 win in seven innings.
Piqua, 19-16, was scheduled to play Sidney, 22-10, at 7 p.m. Friday at Hardman Field. Sidney lost 10-7 to Troy Thursday.
“I think the kids did (come out really focused),” Piqua Post 184 co-coach Justin Jennings said. “We swung the bats just like we did in the loss (to Sidney). The difference tonight was we got big hits with runners in scoring position.”
Arron Boerger opened the home first with a triple and Post 184 never slowed down, scoring two runs each in the first and second, three in the third and five in the fourth to open a 12-0 lead and cruising to the win.
“Arron (Boerger) set the tone by starting the game with a shot off the wall,” Jennings said. “He kind of came out of it last night.”
After a walk to Noah Gertner, Travis Smith had a sacrifice fly to plate Boerger.
Gertner and Derrick Gullett, who walked, combined on a double steal for the second run off Dylan Shumaker.
After a bunt single by Jesse Wilson to start the second, Dylan Arnold had a RBI triple and Brayden Dohme had a RBI double to make it 4-0.
Andrew Lundvall started a three-run third with a double and Wilson had a two-run double and scored on a wild pitch.
“Jesse (Wilson) had a big night at the plate,” Jennings said.
Travis Smith had a one-out triple in the fourth to spark a five-run inning.
Austin Arnold had a bases-loaded walk, Wilson had a two-run double, Dohme had a RBI single and Boerger brought in the final run with a fielder’s choice.
The 12-0 lead allowed Piqua to take Cameron Gordon out after four inning of three-hit baseball.
“That was the plan going in,” Jennings said. “To get a big lead and Cam (Gordon) out of there as quick as possible.”
Austin Arnold and Dohme combined on the relief effort, with Greenville scoring three in the sixth and one in the seventh.
“I thought Austin Arnold threw really well,” Jennings said. “Brayden Dohme hadn’t pitched in a year-and-a half and I thought he did a nice job.”
Piqua added four runs in the sixth.
Dohme had a two-run double and Smith had a two-run single to cap Post 184’s scoring.
Wilson was 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI, Dohme was 3-for-3 with a double and four RBI, Smith was 2-for-5 with a triple and three RBI and Lundvall and Dylan Arnold were both 2-for-3.
“It was a good game,” Jennings said. “I felt like we got on a roll tonight and I think everybody got to play.”
On a night when Post 184 measured up pretty well.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.