For the Piqua Daily Call
PLYMOUTH, Ind. — Piqua Post 184 went into Tuesday’s game with Troy Post 43 having gone 2-3 in the Wooden Bat Tournament in Plymouth, Ind., last week.
Piqua started the tournament on Thursday with a 2-0 loss to the host Plymouth team.
“We couldn’t quite get the bats going,” Post 184 co-coach Jeff Jennings said. “We where hitting the ball right at them,managing just two hits the entire game. They were a good team but not as tough as we have seen this year. The only hits came from (Noah) Gertner and (Frankie) Quintero. We left runners on but couldn’t get them in.”
Cam Gordon got the loss despite throwing the ball well. He threw 86 pitches, allowing four hits and one walk.
“He deserved a better outcome but a couple fielding errors and no run production didn’t help,” Jeff Jennings said.
Piqua followed that with a 5-4 loss to Stevensville, Ind.
“It was 1-1 until the fifth inning when they scored three runs without the ball leaving the infield,” Post 184 co-coach Justin Jennings said. “We had four errors in the inning. They added one more in the seventh to go up 5-1.Then we put up three runs with two outs and had the tying run on second before they got the last out to end our run.
“That has happened six times or better this year The game is never over till its over with this team. If we could start like we can finish we wouldn’t have too many losses. This team has heart, a lot of heart.”
Derrick Gullett pitched a great game in his only start of the season. He threw 107 pitches, striking out seven and walking three.
Gertner was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and one run scored, while Travis Smith was 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and one run scored. Andrew Lundvall had a RBI and a run scored, while Quintero and Jesse Wilson both had hits.
Quintero and Wilson added singles.
Piqua responded with an 8-0 win over Valparaiso, Ind.
“We came out the next day, bats a blazing with eight hits led by Dylan Arnold and his brother Austin Arnold,” Jeff Jennings said. “Austin (Arnold) pitched a complete game, throwing only 67 pitches and scattering four hits with no walks and one strikeout.
“It was a great performance by Austin. He has only pitched a few games because of all the rain outs so we were very pleased with the way he pitched. His brother Dylan was just as impressive at the plate going 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored.
That included a walk-off double off the fence in left field in the sixth inning to end the game. It was a shot Dylan has been waiting on the big game at the plate and he came through big time today.”
Aaron Boerger was also 3-for-4 with a double off the fence, one RBI and one run scored; Brayden Dohme had a RBI and two runs scored and Smith had a double and scored two runs.
Austin Arnold also picked up a hit and scored when his brother hit the walk-off double.
“That was a great game,” Jeff Jennings said. “Everyone hit or got on base and our defense was solid.”
Piqua added a 6-2 win over Three Oaks, Ind.
“We came out and played another good game,” Jeff Jennings said. “Aaron Boerger pitched another complete game To this point in the tournament every pitcher completed the entire game. That’s what you need when you have five to eight games in four days — you need good pitching and Aaron didn’t disappoint us either.
“He had 90 pitches with six strikeouts and 2 walks and only allowed five hits.. Boerger is our third baseman but he can throw the baseball too — and he showed it today. He is a three-year legion player for us and his experience is needed on the field. He puts it all out there.”
Gullett had two RBIs, while Gertner had a RBI and scored two runs.
Lundvall had a double and a RBI, while Austin Arnold had a hit and scored a run. Smith had a hit and scored a run, while Dylan Arnold had a hit and one RBI. Wilson and Boerger had hits and Mason Justice scored two runs.
“We played a complete game with some solid hits and pretty good defense,” Jeff Jennings said. “That was clearly what we needed to get our confidence back after dropping our first two games.”
Piqua dropped its final game to Kokomo, Mich., 8-2.
“Against a team that finished second in the state last year, we played a good game but couldn’t get the runners in with big hits,” Jeff Jennings said. “Travis Smith started the game and kept us in it until the fourth inning — then they scored three runs to push their lead to 5-0 and we couldn’t come back.. We scored two in the fifth, but they added three more runs to put us away.
“Quintero got us started with a shot off the fence in the fifth, followed by another shot off the fence by Boerger then another shot off the fence by Gullett to get our two runs. “That’s all we had — they had a good pitcher that kept us off balance and didn’t give us much to work with..
“When you play good teams late in the season you have to be firing on all cylinders, if you are not, well you get beat. That was a very good team. That’s why we went to the tournament.”
Boerger was 2-for-4 with two doubles, one RBI and one run scored. Gullett had a RBI double and Quintero doubled.
Gertner, Lundvall and Wilson added one hit e.ach
“We have three big league games this week before our district tournament starts on the 16th,” Jeff Jennings said. “We need a good run and three big wins to get home field advantage in the tournament. We tried to get games in against some tougher competition to get ready for the district tournament. Our record don’t show it but considering we got rained out 10 out of a 12-game stretch,I think we are ready.We have said it all year. It doesn’t matter what the record is, It matters how you play in districts — We will see.”
Piqua was scheduled to play at Troy Post 43 Tuesday night in a game that was not complete at time of press.