By Rob Kiser
GREENVILLE — The Piqua Post 184 baseball team will open play in the Piqua Post 184 Invitational at Hardman Field Friday, playing Greenville at 7 p.m.
On Saturday, Van Wert plays Armoloy at 11 a.m., Greenville plays Van Wert at 2 p.m. and Piqua plays Armoloy at 5 p.m.
On Sunday, Piqua plays Van Wert at 11 a.m. and Greenville plays Armoloy at 2 p.m.
The third-place game will be at 5 p.m., followed by the championship game at 8 p.m.
Piqua is coming off a 12-1 loss to Greenville in five innings Wednesday, dropping to 3-4 in league play and 14-14 overall.
A play by third baseman Will Eversole helped Piqua get out of a first inning jam.
Tyler Beyke, Casey Jones and Kyle Mills all singled and Krue Thhwaits was hit by a pitch to make it 1-0.
Jared Magoteaux got a strikeout and Eversole made a diving stop at third and threw home to catcher Howie Ludwig for the force. The runner did not slide and was called for interference, which made it an inning-ending double play.
Chase Humphrey had a single in the second as Piqua loaded the bases, before Greenville got an inning-ending double play.
In the second, Piqua had a costly two-out error for the second straight night.
Kody Shinabery had walked, but Magoteaux appeared to be out of the inning before the error — allowing five unearned runs to score.
Jones had a RBI double and Mills walked to load the bases.
Thwaits had a two-run double and Peyton Miller followed with a two-run single and suddenly it was 6-0.
Piqua got one run back in the third.
After Kaden Walked walked, Eversole reached on a fielder’s choice.
Cory Cotrell reached when his pop-up fell, Ludwig walked and Humphrey grounded out, plating Eversole.
Greenville added four runs in the home third to make it 10-1.
Kane Kimmel walked, Shinabery singled and Tyler Neal had a sacrifice fly to make it 7-1.
Logan Harris relieved Magoteaux on the mound.
Beyke walked and Jones singled to load the bases.
Mills and Thwaits had RBI singles and Alec Fletcher was hit by a pitch with bases loaded to force in a run.
Kimmel came in to pitch the fifth for Greenville. Eversole singled and Cotrell walked, but they were stranded.
In the home fifth, Jones singled and Mills hit a two-run walkoff home run to end the game.
Greenville had 12 hits, while Mills and Kimmel combined on a two-hitter. Mills struck out three, walked four and hit a batter.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.