Piqua baseball blanked by Wapak

Lehman wins season opener

The Piqua baseball team will play at Tecumseh Friday.

Thje Indians, 0-3, lost to Wapakoneta 11-0 Tuesday.

Lehman opens

with victory

LIMA — The Lehman Cavaliers scored early and often on their way to a 9-3 victory over Lima Perry in Northwest Central Conference action Tuesday on the road.

The win gave the Cavs a 1-0 record both in the league and overall, and the two teams will meet again Thursday, this time at Lehman.

The Cavs jumped out to a 7-0 lead with two in the first, three in the second and two in the third before Perry got on the board.

Parker Riley scattered eight hits and struck out nine Commodores to get the win for the Cavs.

Nate Bosway got the Cavs off to a good start when he belted a two-run homer to right-center in the top of the first.

Jared Magoteaux singled and doubled, and both Riley and Stephen Monnin also drove in two runs.

Buccs lose

to Warriors

COVINGTON — Through three games the Covington Buccaneers have only allowed a total of 10 hits and 4 earned runs.

Unfortunately, the Buccaneers stand at 1-2 due to the inability to score runs with runners in scoring position.

“I can’t complain about our pitching,” said Covington coach Mitch Hirsch after his team squandered opportunities in a 3-1 loss to Northwestern on Tuesday. “Our pitchers have went the distance in all three games and threw well enough to win in each of them. Our problem is we can’t score runs when we have runners in scoring position.”

Kenny Atkinson went the distance in his first varsity start. He allowed just three hits, walked one and struck out two.

“I was a little worried coming into the season about what type of pitching we’d have, but that’s become the strength of our team early in the season,” said Hirsch. “Kenny threw really well, especially considering it was his first start. We got three quality starts from our pitchers and hopefully that continues.”

Mason Dilley went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Atkinson, Blei, Jared Williams and James Grilliot each connected on hits.

MV edges

Miami East

UNION CITY — Miami East (0-2, 0-1 Cross County Conference) only managed two hits Tuesday at Mississinawa Valley, falling 4-3 in its conference opener.

Kyle Webb and Braxton Donaldson each had a hit for the Vikings. Brandon Wilson took the loss on the mound.

“The kids just aren’t hitting yet,” Miami East coach Barry Coomes said. “We’ve got to pick it up, or it’s going to be a long season.”

Miami East hosts West Liberty-Salem Friday.

Bradford drops

CCC game

LEWISBURG — Tri-County North run ruled the Bradford baseball team 19-2 in the Railroaders’ Cross County Conference opener on Tuesday.

Tri-County North scored three runs in the first inning, three in the second, seven in the third and six in the fifth while limiting Bradford to two runs in the second inning.

Bradford had five hits and five errors in the contest. North had 15 hits and two errors.

Bryson Canan went 1-for-3 and scored a run. Clay Layman went 1-for-1, Mason Justice was 1-for-2, Andy Branson went 1-for-3, and Wade Gerlach went 1-for-3. Dillon Reck also scored a run.

Branson was charged with the loss as he pitched two innings and allowed five earned runs and one unearned run on five hits, four walks and two strikeouts. Jeff Wolf pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed six earned runs and seven unearned runs on nine hits, five walks, one hit batter and one strikeout. Gerlach pitched 2/3 of an inning and allowed no runs on one hit, no walks and no strikeouts.

Minster tops

Russia 5-1

MINSTER — The Minster Wildcats made it two in a row to start the season, beating Russia 5-1 in non-league baseball Tuesday.

Isaac Dorsten pitched for Minster and allowed just three hits.

Josh Nixon had a triple to lead Minster’s six-hit attack.

Minster is 2-0 and Russia 1-1.

Cats fall

to Cards

NEW BREMEN — New Bremen and Houston were deadlocked at 2-2 until the bottom of the seventh, when the Cardinals pushed a run across to pull out a 3-2 victory in non-league baseball Tuesday night.

The win gave the Cards their first of the season. They now stand at 1-2. Houston is 1-2.

New Bremen was led at the plate by Grant Selby, who had two hits. Isaiah Beaver got two hits for the Wildcats.

Dylan Hensley pitched well for Houston, allowing five hits while striking out five. Greg Parker fanned six in 51/3 innings for Bremen. Caleb Alig came on in relief and got the win.

Tigers roll

past Arcanum

VERSAILLES – Cole Niekamp and Collin Peters combined to no-hit the Arcanum Trojans, leading Versailles to a 12-0 victory Monday afternoon.

The Tiger pitchers combined for five innings and used only 64 pitches to shut down the Trojans’ bats. This effort comes after Versailles no-hit Miami East in the Tigers’ season opener.

“Back to back no-hitters to start the year and hitting the way we did today is a very complete game we played today,” Versailles baseball coach Ryan Schlater said.

In addition to excellent pitching the Versailles offense made its presence known. The hitters combined for 11 hits mixed in with five walks and five stolen bases.

The Tigers broke open the scoreless game in the bottom of the second with a single run, built on a single and a steal by Kurtis Rutschilling and a two-out run-scoring single and stolen base by Jared Niekamp.

The Tigers broke open the game in the third. They sent 12 men to the plate, scoring seven times on five hits, two walks and three costly Arcanum errors. Three key hits in the inning were doubles struck by Rutschilling, Cole Niekamp and Jared Niekamp.

The Versailles fourth inning saw the Tigers add four more runs after two outs. The highlight of the frame was a two-run double by Keaton McEldowney to give the Tigers their final 12-0 margin.

The stolen base played a large role in moving men into scoring position in the game.

“We have a lot of speed,” Coach Schlater said. “If the catcher and pitcher times are where we like them, we’re going to steal all we can.”

“Fall behind in counts they’re going to hit the ball,” Arcanum coach Randy Baker said. “When our pitcher comes in throwing strikes and getting ground balls we didn’t make the plays.”

Kyle Subler was 2 for 4 for Versailles, scoring two runs and driving in two, and Jared Niekamp was 2 for 3, scoring two and driving in two. Cole Niekamp pitched four no-hit innings while striking out five and walking just one and got the win.

Versailles moves to 2-0 on the season. Arcanum is now 1-2.

Lehman wins season opener