Post 184 takes second in Wittenberg tournament


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SPRINGFIELD — The Piqua Post 184 American Legion baseball team went 3-2 in the Wittenberg tournament to start the season, losing in the championship game to Springfield Armoloy.

Piqua had opened the tournament with a 5-4 win over Greenville in eight innings.

Travis Smith got the win for Piqua.

Piqua was leading 4-3 before Greenville scored in the seventh inning to force extra innings.

In the eighth, Spencer Lavey and Michael Ashcraft had singles for Post 184 to start the inning.

After a passed ball, Will Eversole had a sacrifice fly to score Lavey and Smith blanked Greenville in the home eighth.

Nathan Lefeld pitched the first four innings, striking out six and Logan Harris pitched the fifth and sixth innings.

Travis Smith was 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI, while Ashcraft was 3-for-3 and Eversole had two RBIs.

Post 184 followed it with a 5-2 win against a team from Canada.

Sawyer Smith got the win and Lavey had the save — after Smith pitched five and one-third innings, striking out four.

Travis Smith was 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBIs, Dylan Arnold was 2-for-3, Howie Ludwig was 2-for-3 with a RBI and Ashcraft had a double.

Post 184 lost to Northridge 5-4 in extra innings.

Piqua had a 4-2 lead going to the seventh inning.

Josh Osterholt scattered seven hits in the first six innings, but threw over 100 pitches.

Northridge tied the game in the seventh and scored an unearned run in the eighth after a couple untimely errors to win it.

Lavey had a double for Piqua.

Piqua finished pool play with a 10-9 win over Springfield Armoloy, with Seth Clayton getting the win.

Piqua led 10-3 before Armoloy, with the help of some tough weather conditions, rallied.

“That was a wild, up-and-down game,” Post 184 coach Justin Jennings said. “Seth (Clayton) never lost his composure. He just kept throwing the ball hard and his confidence never left him.”

Travis Smith was 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI; while Sawyer Smith was 3-for-4.

Dakota Iddings was 2-for-4.

Piqua would play Armoloy again in the championship game and lose 4-2.

“Blake Wright pitched a great complete game,” Jennings said. “They were up 3-2 in the fifth and added another run in the seventh to seal the deal.”

Kaleb Meeks pitched for Armoloy.

“They had a Division I college pitcher from Kenton Ridge who signed t play for Northern Kentucky (Kaleb Meeks),” Jennings said. “He threw the ball well on us. He had 13 strikeouts and scattered five hits. He was just a little better than we were today. We left seven runners on, so we had chances.

“We will play these guys again here in a couple weeks and they will be in our Fourth of July tournament. So, we will get another shot at the young man. With the season young and our guys getting more playing time together, we should be ready for them next time.”

Ludwig was 2-for-3 with a double for Post 184 and Clayton was 2-for-2.