FAIRBORN — The Piqua Post 184 American Legion baseball team will close play in the 35th annual Gregg Nischwitz Memorial Tournament at Nischwitz Stadium on the Wright State University campus on Saturday against the Canes at 11:30 a.m.
For those who don’t remember, Nischwitz was tragically killed in a construction accident at the age of 19 in September of 1980.
While he was an aspiring baseball player for Wright State — after a Hall of Fame career at Northmont High School — it was his life off the field that meant the most to those who knew him.
He worked tirelessly to achieve goals in life and he was always willing to help a person in trouble.
Post 184 couldn’t get its bats untracked in its first two games losing to the Miami Valley Wolverines 18u team 9-1 Thursday and falling to Boys of Summer 6-3 Friday.
Against the Wolverines, Piqua’s Jesse Wilson had a first-inning double, but was stranded at second base.
Post 184 pitcher Brandon Wysong blanked the Wolverines on one-hit through the first two innings, but Miami Valley got untracked in the third.
Logan Fruwirth singled and Andrew Roach walked to start the inning.
With one out, Joseph Sanchez had a two-run single and scored on Austin Warden’s double.
Pitcher Andrew Gudgell had a RBI single to make it 4-0 and former Piqua standout Michael Anderson singled to put runners on the corner.
Seth Strong followed with a two-run double, with Anderson scoring from first base — before Cam Gordon came in and ended the rally with a strikeout and fly out.
Piqua got its lone run in the fourth, with the help of Noah Gertner’s speed.
After Gordon singled to start the inning, Gertner pinch-ran for him.
He moved to second on Gabe Wills’ single and took off for third before Gudgell delivered a pitch and beat the throw from Gudgell.
With two outs, Travis Smith had a RBI single to make it 6-1.
But, Post 184 could not score again.
The Wolverines added one run in the fifth on a RBI single by Sanchez.
The Wolverines ended it in the fifth. Anderson had a hit in the inning and scored the first of two runs on Fruwirth’s two-run single to make it 9-1 and end the game by run-rule.
Against the Boys of Summer, Post 184 rallied from a 6-0 deficit but came up short.
Three Piqua errors helped the Boys of Summer score two each in the second, third and fourth — with five of the six runs off Travis Smith unearned.
Post 184 made it 6-2 in the fifth when Dylan Arnold doubled and scored on Arron Boerger’s triple. Derrick Gullett had a fielder’s choice to score Gullett.
In the seventh, Boerger walked and scored on Noah Gertner’s triple, but that was as close as Post 184 could get.
Austin Arnold finished the game on the mound and pitching three hitless inning of scoreless relief as the Boys of Summer finished with just five hits to Piqua’s six.