TROY — Piqua had three athletes and a relay team to Friday’s GWOC All-Star meet at Troy during Wednesday’s divisional competition.
With the 800 and 3,200 to be held Friday, Piqua boys were in 16th place with 36 points and Piqua girls were in 15th plavce with 28 points.
Devon Brown had a strong showing for the boys, advancing in two events and a relay team.
In GWOC American action, Brown was second in the 100, 11.36; third in the 200, 22.93; and third in the 800 relay (with Jacob Bushnell, Coeby Patton and Caleb Patton) in 1:34.08.
Brown has the fifth fastest time in the 200, sixth fastest time in the 100 and the relay team has the seventh fastest time.
Tristen Cox was third in the discus with a throw of 134-4, the seventh best throw going into Friday night.
For the girls, Ashley Ho won the high jump, 5-3; and has the best jump going into Friday’s competition.
Top-seeded Lehman again rode the strong pitching of Parker Riley and overcame a penchant for striking out in advancing to the finals in the Division 4 Sectional Baseball Tournament.
The Cavaliers were expected to have their hands full with Mechanicsburg in the semifinals Tuesday at Lehman, but Riley survived a tough time early and his teammates got some key hits behind him to post an 8-0 shutout.
The win sets up a showdown between the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds. The 22-3 Cavs will take on county rival Russia next Wednesday (May 17) at Sidney High School for the right to advance to the district finals.
Lehman scored seven times despite 12 of their 18 outs in the game coming via the strikeout.
“We were in trouble early,” said Lehman coach Dave King. “They got four of their five hits in the first two innings and threatened in both. But Parker really settled down after that.”
Riley struck out four and walked none in going the distance. He is unbeaten over the last two seasons.
Dylan Arnold had a three-run homer for Lehman to go with a single, Bryce Kennedy had two hits and drove in three runs, and Brandon Barhorst had a double and scored three times. Jared Magoteaux scored twice.
in eight innings
PLEASANT HILL — State-ranked and second-seeded Newton had its hands full with No. 11 Cedarville Wednesday in the Division IV sectional semifinal round, but the Indians (25-2) found a way, claiming a 4-3 victory in eight innings to advance in postseason play.
“We ran the bases well, but we didn’t get many timely hits,” Newton coach Jordan Kopp said. “We left 11 guys on base, and in tournament time, that can get you.”
But the Indians did what they do best in the bottom of the eighth inning to get the win.
“We got some bunts down, moved guys over — and they threw one away,” Kopp said. “We won on a walk-off error as a guy scored from second on a bunt.”
Treg Jackson got the win on the mound, pitching a complete game, scattering seven hits, striking out 11 and walking one.
“Treg definitely didn’t have his best stuff, but he just battled like crazy and gave us a chance to win,” Kopp said.
Newton will face Troy Christian May 17 at Duke Park in the sectional championship game.
RUSSIA — No. 2-seeded Russia advanced to the lower bracket sectional championship game with a 9-1 victory over visiting Covington in semifinal action at Russia Wednesday.
The win puts the Raiders at 18-5 on the year and advances them to the sectional final next Wednesday (May 17) at Sidney High School against top-seeded Lehman.
The Raiders got excellent pitching from Jack Dapore, who got all but the final two outs and allowed just one hit to the Buccaneers, with 13 strikeouts and just one walk.
Hunter Cohee led the offense with three hits, and Dylan Cordonnier and Kevn Drees added two hits apiece. Drew Sherman had a triple and Cordonnier and Trenton Monnin both doubled.
Kenny Atkinson had a RBI singles for Covington.
Cohee drove in three runs and Cordonnier two, while Dion Puthoff, Cordonnier and Sherman all scored twice.
in 12 innings
VERSAILLES –Elliot Bruns hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th inning Wednesday night to lead the Versailles baseball team to a 4-3 in D-III sectional action.
Versailles will play Milton-Union at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Eaton in the sectional title game.
While Versailles came out on top the Tigers had to come back from an early deficit as Northwestern scored a pair of runs in the first inning.
In the top of the first Northwestern’s Noah Brown singled down the third base line, and Gabe Voorhees doubled into right field to put two runners in scoring position. Spencer Rinaldi put Northwestern up 1-0 with a sacrifice fly into left, and Christian Highfield drove a RBI single into left to make it 2-0.
Versailles reduced its deficit to 2-1 in the bottom half of the first inning. Kurtis Rutschilling singled and Austin Knapke walked to get the Tigers going then Noah Richard drove in Rutschilling with a RBI single into left.
After a scoreless second inning, Northwestern increased its advantage to 3-1 in the top of the third. Voorhees drew a two-out walk and scored on a RBI double by Rinaldi to put the Warriors up by two runs once again.
Versailles quickly responded, though, and tied the game up in the bottom half of the third inning.
Knapke walked and scored on a RBI triple by Richard. Moments later Isaac Ruhenkamp drove a RBI single past the second baseman, driving in Richard and knotting the score at 3-3.
Over the next eight innings Versailles and Northwestern were locked in a stalemate. Both teams had same nice hits and got runners on base but couldn’t capitalize on their opportunities.
In the bottom of the 12th Versailles finally broke the tie.
Richard walked to start the inning, Cole Niekamp singled into right field and Ruhenkamp walked to load the bases. Bruns then drove the game-winning hit into center field, driving in Richard for a 4-3 victory.
Niekamp pitched the first 11 innings for Versailles. Bruns, who had the game-winning hit, pitched a scoreless 12th inning to earn the win.
“Heck of a game,” Versailles baseball coach Ryan Schlater said. “I am very relieved. I can’t be happier for the guys, and Elliot came in stopped the big guys for Northwestern and then had a great hit in the end.
Versailles now advances to play Milton-Union at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Eaton in a sectional championship game.
to Troy Christian
BRADFORD – The Bradford baseball team lost its first tournament game 7-1 to Troy Christian on Wednesday in D-IV sectional action.
Troy Christian scored four runs in the first inning, one in the third and two in the fourth while holding Bradford to a single run in the sixth inning.
Bradford had three hits and three errors, and Troy Christian had 11 hits and no errors.
Parker Smith went 1-for-3, stole a base and scored a run. Chase Gambill was 1-for-2 and stole a base. Mason Justice was 1-for-3. Alex Swabb walked once and drove in a run.
Smith was the losing pitcher as he went 5-plus innings, allowing five earned runs and two unearned runs on 10 hits, two walks, two hit batters and nine strikeouts. Fischer Spencer pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out one.
NORTH LEWISBURG — The Houston baseball team lost to Triad 10-0 Wednesday in D-IV sectional action.
Triad will play Fort Loramie at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Hardman Field for the sectional title.
lose to Warriors
SPRINGFIELD — The Miami East softball team lost 20-0 to Northwestern Wednesday in D-III sectional action.