By Rob Kiser
The Piqua baseball team was looking to even its record in GWOC American play and bounce back from Monday’s 5-1 loss to Vandalia-Butler.
And the Indians jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
But, Vandalia took control midway through the game and won 12-4.
The Aviators improved to 8-0 and went to 2-0 in GWOC American play.
Piqua dropped to 1-6 overall and 0-2 in GWOC American play.
After Blake Wright set the Aviators down in order in the top of the first, Piqua quickly took the lead off Braedon Norman.
Cory Cottrell singled and Owen Toopes walked.
They would come around to score on RBI singles by Derek Hite and Logan Harris.
Vandalia got one run back in the third.
Jack Mitchell singled and with runners on first and third with one out, it looked like a double play ball would end the inning.
But, the relay throw to first was high, allowing Mitchell to score.
Vandalia would then take the lead in the fourth.
Joe Jackson started things with a single and with one out Jacob DeMoss’ looper fell in short right field.
Henry Barwick’s sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third and Mitchell drilled a tw0-run singles.
Singles by Damon Dues and Dolen Fults would make it 4-2.
Vandalia would break it open with five runs in the fifth off three Piqua pitchers.
After a walk to Matt Grossman and a single by Jackson, Michael Ashcraft replaced Wright on the mound.
Preston Tofstad fielder’s choice scored one run and after a walk and an error, a bases-loaded walk to Mitchell forced in a run to make it 6-2.
Dues drilled a two-run single and Fults followed with a RBI single to make it 9-2.
After Tyler Burley walked, Zach Luttrell came in to get the final out in the inning.
Piqua got one run back in the fifth when Cottrell reached on an error and came around to score on Travis Smith’s single.
Vandalia would add three more runs in the seventh.
After Dues reached on an error and Fults walked, Burley had a RBI single.
After a walk to Grossman, Jackson drilled a two-run single, before Seth Trapp came on in relief and got two strikeouts to end the inning.
In the home seventh, Dakota Innings singled, moved to second on an errant pickoff throw and scored on Cottrell’s double to make the final score 12-4.
Vandalia had 15 hits in the game, led by Jackson going 5-for-5.
Dues, Fults, Tofstad and Mitchell all had two hits.
Piqua pitchers struck out five and walked six.
Norman combined with Zach Crawford — who pitched the seventh — on a nine-hitter.
Norman struck out two and walked one.
Cottrell, Smith and Hite all had two hits for Piqua.
The Indians will look to get back on track, playing at Trotwood-Madison Thursday and West Carrollton Friday.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.