Piqua baseball starts fast in 1956 season

Duane Bachman

Duane Bachman

The History of Piqua High School Athletics — A Journal

Spring 1956


“Three of Piqua’s first four games scheduled here had to be postponed because of unfavorable weather. The only one of the four played was on Tuesday of last week when Piqua beat Greenville 12-0 at Piqua’s Fountain Park.

“Last Tuesday, the Piqua nine met Troy here, defeating Troy 5-4 and Wednesday played West Milton here. The game was called off because of darkness when the score stood 6-6. On Thursday of last week, Piqua played Xenia at Piqua’s Fountain Park diamond, defeating Xenia 8-2.”

“Another picture has been furnished of Piqua sports by the Central baseball team. Up until the writing of this article, Piqua had four wins and one tie out of five games. Its last victory was on Friday of last week when Piqua traveled to Miamisburg and defeated the Vikings 9-5 during an extra inning of play.

“Piqua scored four of their nine runs during the last inning.”

“The Central baseball nine suffered its first defeat of the season in league play Thursday of last week when they lost to Dayton Fairmont in the eleventh inning of a seven-inning game. In playing off the 4-4 tie, Fairmont boys scored twice in the eleventh inning, winning 6-4.”

“The Indians played at Troy last week, Thursday May 5, when they met Randolph in the Indians first game of the district tournament. The Indians defeated Randolph 7-6 in 11 innings.”

“Monday of this week, the Indians met Trotwood in their second tournament game, and were defeated by a score of 14-6.

Central’s baseball team won its final Miami Valley League game by defeating Fairborn 11-8, played at Fountain Park Friday of last week. The Indians successfully defended last year’s co-championship and went on to win the MVL championship for this year.”


“The track team, which last year placed second in the MVL, is again shooting for the top division. The team is coached by Richard Pearson. It opened its season last Tuesday by defeating the Railroaders of Bradford 74-26.”

“Friday of last week, Piqua was host to Covington at the Roosevelt Field track and again Tuesday this week to Tipp City. Piqua defeated Covington 72-21 and Tipp City 97-21.”

“Fifteen boys from Piqua Central’s track team entered the Springfield relays Saturday of last week. All boys ran qualifications in different relays. John Shough, Ronnie Cyphers and Jerry Hart qualified for the semifinals. Hart and Cyphers made the finals.

“Hart ranked second in the half-mile relay and fifth in the mile relay, totaling a score of 5 for Piqua. Central received the highest score of the MVL schools who entered the relays. Piqua’s track team was host to Miamisburg last Tuesday, losing to Miamisburg 55 3/4 to 62 1/4.”

“Piqua Central’s track team suffered two reverses in as many track meets during the past week and also Central’s four relay runners were unable to show in the Mansfield Relays at Mansfield last Saturday. Central’s first of its two defeats was at Fairmont on Friday of last week and the second was at Sidney last Tuesday.

The score of the former was 64 1/2 t0 53 1/4, and of the latter was 71 2/3 to 48 1/2.”

“Central’s track team posted a 97-21 win over Greenville in a Miami Valley League meet Thursday of last week. The following Saturday the Indians trackmen participated in the annual Troy Relays and placed fourth out of 16 teams participating.

“During the past week, the Piqua boys had two Miami Valley League meets away from home. Tuesday, the Piquads went to Fairborn to participate in the triangular meet between Piqua, Fairborn and Greenville. The score was Fairborn 80, Piqua 61 and Greenville 7.”

“Central’s track team traveled to Troy to meet the Trojans in a MVL meet on Thursday of last week, where Piqua was defeated 66-52. This week, the Indians only had one meet, which was Tuesday with Bellefontaine. The meet was held at Bellefontaine and Piqua won by a score of 75-45.”

“The Indian track team, after losing all but one MVL dual meet, bounced back Wednesday of last week to place third in the MVL honors. Fairmont won the MVL again this year with 52 points and Piqua was third with 39. The track team went on to capture even more honors by placing third in the district meet at Dayton.

“Five Piqua boys will be eligible to participate in the state meet in Columbus, as they placed in the first four in district. These boys are Jerry Hart, miler; Ron Snyder, pole vault; Ron Weldy, shot putter; Ron Cyphers, broad jumper; and John Slough, 440 yard dash.


“Piqua’s golf season opened last Monday with Piqua defeating West Milton 16-0 at the Troy Community Course. At the same course Tuesday afternoon, Piqua defeated Troy 15-1. Wednesday, the locals journeyed to Greenville, where they defeated Greenville 12 1/2 to 3 1/2.

“Piqua’s golf team met Springfield at the Piqua Country Club course Wednesday, losing to Springfield 11 1/2 to 4 1/2. Central’s golf team suffered the second and third defeats of the season when it bowed to Sidney in a game with Fairmont last Wednesday at Piqua Country Club. Scores for these games were Sidney 12, Piqua 7 and Fairmont.”

“Thursday, April 26 the Piqua golfers lost an MVL match with Fairborn. The match was played at Fairborn and was an 11-5 win over Piqua. This week, the Indians played Greenville Monday, defeating them 15 1/2 to 1/2.”

“A triangular match Wednesday with Greenville and West Milton played at the Piqua Country Club resulted in Piqua winning with 29 1/2 points, Greenville 12 1/2 and West Milton 6 1/2 out of a possible 32 points for each team. Central’s golf team played two matches this week.

“In the first meet with Xenia, Sidney and Piqua, Piqua defeated Xenia 7 1/2 to 4 1/2, but the Sidney boys defeated Piqua by a score of 9-3.”

“Dayton Fairmont won the MVL honor this year in the matches played Saturday, May 12, at Piqua Country Club. The Piqua team placed sixth in this match. The golf squad traveled to Dayton, Friday, May 18, when it participated in the district matches and placed 13th out of 20 entered.”


“On Thursday of last week Central’s tennis players were defeated by Sidney 5-0 in a match at Sidney. Wednesday of this week, Piqua was host to the same boys at the Fountain Park court when they again lost 5-0. One postponed game and one regular game have been played by Piqua’s tennis team during the past week, with one loss and one victory.

“The postpone game was played last Tuesday and was with Miamisburg. The score was 5-0 in favor of Miamisburg. On Tuesday, Troy came to Piqua to play and were defeated by Piqua by a score of 3-2. The tennis team was defeated Thursday of last week by a powerful Dayton Chaminade team. The match was played in Dayton and the score was 4-1.”

“In a league tennis match with Troy Tuesday of this week, the Indians defeated the Trojans by a score of 3-2. Central’s tennis team traveled to Dayton last Friday, May 18, to participate in district matches, but the Indians failed to share in the winning honors.”

Duane Bachman
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