By Rob Kiser
Last week, Piqua Post 184 American Legion baseball team was able to put together a four-run rally to stun Sidney Post 217.
Sidney made sure there was no rally in the second meeting Monday at Hardman Field, blanking Piqua 4-0.
Dan Kearns and Evan Monnier combined on a seven-hitter, striking out five and walking one.
And while Piqua had runners in scoring position in six of the seven innings, Post 184 was never able to dent the plate.
Sidney got the only run it would need in the top of the first off Austin Rutledge.
Austin McLain singled and stole second and third.
After Dion Puthoff walked, Piqua catcher Howie Ludwig threw Puthoff out trying to steal, with McLain staying at third.
Hunter Cohee had a fielder’s choice grounder to plate McLain and make it 1-0.
Will Eversole had a leadoff double in the home first, but with one out was thrown out at home on a strike from Zach Griesdorn in rightfield to catcher RJ Bertini on Rylee Deitsch’s single.
Griesdorn had a triple in the Sidney second, but was stranded, while Logan Harris had a double in the Piqua second and reached third with no out, before Kearns used two strikeouts and a pop up to get out of the jam.
Sidney made it 2-0 in the third when Jack Dapore homered over the leftfield fence.
Chase Humphrey had a double with one out in the fourth on a misplayed ball, but Piqua could not score.
In the Sidney fifth, Bertini singled and Dapore walked, before a McLain had a two-run single to make it 4-0.
In the Piqua fifth, Kaden Walker walked and Eversole singled before a ground out ended the threat.
Sidney threatened to score in the sixth, but Ludwig threw a third runner out stealing and Piqua got a 6-4-3 double play from Deitsch to Walker to Harris with runners on first and third and one out to end the inning.
Monnier relieved Kearns in the sixth and Deitsch singled and Humphrey reached on an error.
But, a strikeout and a double play, with McLain catching a line drive and stepping on second, ended the threat.
In the Piqua seventh, Jake Trent had a single and moved to second, before Monnier completed the shutout.
Rutledge went the distance on the mound for Piqua, allowing just five hits.
He struck out four, walked two and hit one batter. Piqua committed three errors on defense behind him.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.