Piqua Post 184 loses twice in American Legion district tournament


Piqua Post 184 catcher Howie Ludwig makes a leaping attempt at an errant throw to home.

Piqua Post 184 catcher Howie Ludwig makes a leaping attempt at an errant throw to home.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call

Piqua Post 184 third baseman Chase Humphrey hauls in a foul ball for an out against Sidney Saturday.


Mike Ullery | Daily Call

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SIDNEY — The Piqua Post 184 American Legion baseball team went 0-2 in the District 2-3 tournament to finish fifth.

In a loser’s bracket game Sunday at Custenborder Park, Piqua lost 7-5 to Greenville — with all seven runs being unearned.

Piqua took a 1-0 lead in the second.

Kaden Walker walked and Chase Humphrey was hit by a pitch.

A throwing error on Zane Beougher’s fielder’s choice allowed the run to score.

Piqua made it 2-0 in the third.

Austin Rutledge doubled and would score on Howie Ludwig’s sacrifice fly.

Greenville scored without a hit in the home third to make it 2-1.

Tyler Beyke walked, stole second and scored on a throwing error on Casey Jones’ ground ball.

Will Eversole made a throw to Ludwig at home to get one runner out trying to score on a double steal and Ludwig tagged another runner out between third and home after a rundown to end the inning.

It appeared Piqua would get out of the fourth still leading 2-1.

But, Piqua misplayed Beyke’s fly ball with two outs and the bases loaded, allowing all three runs to score.

Zachary Longfellow had a RBI single and Alec Fletcher added a two-run single to make it 7-2.

Piqua closed to 7-3 in the fifth.

Cory Cotrell doubled, Logan Harris singled and Ludwig singled to score Cotrell.

It remained that way until the seventh.

Eversole led off with a double, Cotrell walked and Austin Rutledge singled. When throw got by the catcher, Eversole came home and Cotrell scored on Harris’ sacrifice fly to make it 7-5, before Jones relieved Beyke to get the final two outs.

Rutledge and Jared Magoteaux combined on a six-hitter, striking out four, walking seven and hitting two batters.

Beyke and Jones combined on a seven-hitter, striking out two, walking three and hitting two batters.

Troy 14, Piqua 3

The Piqua Post 184 American Legion baseball team opened District 2-3 tournament play with a 14-3 loss to Troy in six innings Saturday at Custenborder Park.

Troy scored three runs in the top of the third to take a 4-0 lead, after Piqua left five runners on in the first two innings.

In the home third, Piqua got a run.

Cory Cotrell singled and went to third on a throwing error with one out.

On Logan Harris’ fielder’s choice, Cotrell was caught between third and home, but Troy threw the ball away.

That allowed Cotrell to score, but Harris was out trying to go to second.

Chase Humphrey walked and Austin Rutledge singled before Troy got out of the jam.

Troy got two runs in the fourth to go up 6-1.

In the Piqua fifth, Cotrell walked and scored on Howlie Ludwig’s double.

After Harris singled, Ludwig scored on a fielder’s choice by Humphrey to make it 6-3.

Troy then scored eight runs in the sixth inning to put the game away.

Piqua Post 184 catcher Howie Ludwig makes a leaping attempt at an errant throw to home.
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Piqua Post 184 third baseman Chase Humphrey hauls in a foul ball for an out against Sidney Saturday.
https://www.dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/30/2018/07/web1_071418mju_bb_post184_4-1.jpgPiqua Post 184 third baseman Chase Humphrey hauls in a foul ball for an out against Sidney Saturday. Mike Ullery | Daily Call