The Piqua softball team picked up two wins in GWOC American play on Friday and Saturday.
Piqua defeated West Carrollton 9-4 Friday and Trotwood-Madison 16-1 Saturday to improve to 3-1 in GWOC American play.
Piqua will host Tippecanoe Monday, before playing at Tippecanoe on Tuesday in GWOC American action
“We hadn’t been off that long, but the weather was great,” Piqua softball coach Rick Claprood said. “It was great to get out and swing the bats in some nice weather. I think the girls are starting to understand the things we need to do to be successful.”
Mariah Blankenship picked up two complete game wins.
On Friday, She pitched an eight-hitter, striking four and walking one.
On Saturday, she pitched a two-hitter and struck out eight.
“She is (continuing to progress),” Claprood said. “She is doing what we need her to do. She just needs to trust the defense and throw strikes.”
Against West Carrollton, she helped herself by going 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
Kendra Forness was 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs, while Sarah Marion was 2-for-4 two RBIs.
Alyssa Jones and Haleigh Beougher was 2-for-4.
“West Carrollton threw two pitchers at us,” Claprood said. “The first one was a little slower and we hit her. Then, they brought their ace. She threw hard and threw strikes, but we hit the ball hard off her.”
It was more of the same Saturday morning.
Jones was 2-for-3 with a double and five RBIs, Lexi Gordon was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, Hannah Anderson was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs and Blankenship helped herself with a solo home run.
Forness had two RBIs, Kylie Trissell was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and Kamy Trissell had two RBIs.
“The Trotwood pitcher was pretty good,” Claprood said. “Usually, the Trotwood pitchers are slower than we are used to and we have trouble timing it. We did a nice job of staying back and making solid contact. I was really happy with that.”
Piqua will take a 4-6 record into Monday’s game, having won four of the last five.
MINSTER — Houston fell to 1-3 after losing at Minster 10-4 in non-league play Friday.
Allisen Foster had two hits and two RBIs for Houston, Sarah Monnier drove in two, and Jess Monnier singled and doubled.