Piqua baseball falls to Fairborn

Nelson throws one-hitter for Buccs

FAIRBORN — The Piqua baseball team dropped its second game Monday, falling 16-9 to Fairborn at Wright State University.

Once again, Piqua’s defense struggled with 10 errors as half of the Fairborn runs were unearned.

The Indinas had a 7-6 lead through four innings, but couldn’t hold on.

At the plate Corey Cotrell was 3-for-5 with one RBI, while Travis Smith was 2-for-5.

Blake Wright was 2-for-4 with a double, while Ethan Garland was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Derek Hite was 1-for-3 with one RBI and Derrick Gullett had a RBI.

Wright, Delacruz, Logan Harris and Zach Lutrell combined on the pitching effort. striking out seven and walking seven.

Buccs blank

Rangers 8-0

NEW KNOXVILLE – Covington coach Mitch Hirsch likes what he sees from his baseball team through the first two games of the season.

That’s because the Buccaneers put together several innings of solid baseball in a 4-1 loss at St. Henry on Saturday and then followed with a stellar team effort in an 8-0 win over New Knoxville on Monday.

“We didn’t get the win on Saturday, but other than one inning where we had two errors that cost us three runs, we played pretty well defensively,” Hirsch explained. “Nathan (Blei) threw well enough to win and we made contact on the ball, but not enough to score runs. Tonight against New Knoxville, we hit the hard all night.”

Covington junior hurler Christian Nelson capped a stellar performance on the hill by closing out the side in the bottom of the seventh to preserve his one-hit, shutout win.

Nelson went the distance and struck out seven batters along the way. He walked just two batters and gave up the lone hit in the bottom of the first inning on a blooper over second base.

“Christian did a good job of changing speeds and hitting his locations,” Hirsch praised. “Hopefully this gives him even more confidence. He threw well in a scrimmage against Fort Loramie and then to come back tonight and throw a complete game, one-hitter – that’s big.”

In all, Covington connected for 11 hits on the night and didn’t commit a single error.

Nathan Blei was perfect at the plate in four at bats with a double and three RBI, while Jarred Williams was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and James Grilliot was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Bradford gets

first win

NEW BREMEN – The Bradford baseball team earned its first win of the season as it beat New Bremen 5-4 on Monday.

Bradford took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but New Bremen scored a run in the fourth and three in the fifth to go up 4-3. The Railroaders were able to score two in the sixth inning to win by one.

Bradford had four hits and no errors on Monday while New Bremen had five hits and two errors.

Mason Justice went 1-for-2 with two walks, a RBI and a run scored. Andy Branson was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Dillon Reck and Bryson Canan both were 1-for-3 with a RBI.

Parker Smith scored a run and drove in a run. Walker Branson walked and drove in a run. Bryant Byers walked and scored a run. Jeff Wolf scored a run.

Smith earned the win for Bradford as he pitched six innings and allowed four runs on five hits, four walks and six strikeouts. Justice pitched a scoreless inning.

On Saturday, Bradford lost a doubleheader at Northridge

Bradford lost the first game of the doubleheader 7-4.

The Railroaders struck first with a run in the top of the first, but the Polar Bears responded with two runs in the first and four in the second. Bradford scored three runs in the third while Northridge added an insurance run in the sixth inning.

Bradford had four hits and three errors in the game while Northridge had 10 hits and two errors.

Wade Gerlach went 2-for-3 with a RBI for Bradford. Parker Smith was 1-for-4 with two stolen bases, a RBI and a run scored. Mason Justice walked once, was hit by a pitch, stole two bases and scored two runs. Andy Branson also had a hit, and Bryant Byers scored a run.

Andy Branson pitched the complete game, allowing six earned runs and one unearned run on 10 hits, two walks, two hit batters and nine strikeouts.

Bradford lost the second game of the doubleheader 11-6.

The Railroaders again took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Polar Bears responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning and six more in the second. Bradford scored two more runs in the fourth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh while Northridge added three more in the fifth.

Bradford had six hits and six errors in the game, and Northridge had 10 hits and five errors.

Gerlach went 1-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Jeff Wolf was 1-for-2 with a RBI. Smith, Justice and Andy Branson each had a hit and scored a run. Walker Branson had a hit, Bryson Canan also drove in a run, and Byers scored a run.

Smith was charged with the loss as he pitched three innings and allowed four earned runs and four unearned runs on seven hits, no walks and four strikeouts. Justice pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed two earned runs and one unearned run on two hits, three walks, one hit batter and one strikeout. Wolf pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed no runs on one hit, no walks and one strikeout.

Tigers get


DAYTON – Brett McEldowney and Jacob Heitkamp combined to throw a no-hitter as the Versailles baseball team began its season with a 4-0 win against Miami East on Saturday at Wright State University.

McEldowney pitched the first five innings for the Tigers, allowing no runs on no hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Heitkamp finished off the game with two scoreless innings, allowing no hits, no walks and one hit batter while striking out two.

Versailles’ offense scored one run in the bottom of the second, one in the third and two in the fourth. The Tigers managed seven hits.

McEldowney led the offense as he was 1-for-2 with a double, a sacrifice fly and three RBIs. Kurtis Rutschilling went 1-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base and a RBI. Austin Knapke was 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Kyle Subler went 1-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. Adam Lyons was 1-for-3 and scored a run. Jared Niekamp had a hit, and Jacob Watren scored a run.

Miami East and Versailles both committed two errors.

Nelson throws one-hitter for Buccs