The Piqua baseball team faced one of the toughest teams in the area Monday at Tuesday in Vandalia-Butler.
And while the Aviators locked up the GWOC North title and improved to 17-1 overall and 8-0 in the GWOC North, Piqua gave them battles — losing 8-4 Monday and 4-1 Tuesday.
“They are one of the top teams in the Miami Valley,” Askins said. “We went out and competed in both games. We had opporunites and played well. The kids did a good job.”
On Monday, Piqua had taken a 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth inning after a two-run double by Derek Hite in a three-run inning.
“We had a chance to make a play (in the home fifth) and we booted a ball and that let them tie the game,” Askins said. “We have to find a way to make plays in situations like that.”
It was tied at four, before Vandalia scored four runs in the home sixth to win it.
Travis Smith was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a RBI, while Austin Davis had a RBI single.
Hite, Logan Harris and Smith combined on a nine-hitter.
On Tuesday, Piqua went up against Butler ace Mitch Gremling.
“He is a Division I prospect,” Askins said. “He isn’t going to give you a lot of opportunities or hitters counts. You have to go up ready to swing.”
Cory Cottrell’s triple in the sixth was Piqua’s only hit and Rupert Delacruz had a fielder’s choice to score him.
“Cory did a great job and Rupert did a nice job to get him in,” Askins said. “It is too bad, because Blake Wright pitched a fantastic game for us.”
Wright pitched a six-hitter, striking out two and walking four.
Piqua, 8-10 overall and 5-3 in the GWOC North, was scheduled to play at Wayne tonight, but that game has been rescheduled. The Indians will host Graham Friday on Senior Night.
roll to win
LIMA — Lehman tuned up for its big meeting Tuesday at Riverside with a 17-1 rout of Lima Temple Christian in Northwest Central Conference play Monday.
The win put the Cavs at 12-1 on the year.
Lehman led 7-1 after three innings, then got 10 in the fourth.
Nate Bosway had a single, a three-run homer and six runs batted in for the Cavs, and Max Schutt had a double and drove in three. Dyan Arnold also had a double.
The Cavs outhit Temple 10-4, and took full advantage of 14 walks by Lima pitching.
Parker Riley scored four times, and Brandon Barhorst and Bosway both scored three times. Stephen Monnin, Brandon Simmons and Tyler Lachey all scored twice each.
ANNA — Anna ace Alex Brinkman struck out 10 in six innings and pitched the Rockets to a key 4-1 win over Russia in County baseball action Monday.
The win kept the Rockets unbeaten in league play at 6-0 and put them 11-1-1 overall. Russia is 8-7 on the year.
The only hit of the game for Russia was a solo home run in the top of the first by Zach Sherman.
Houston in SCL
HOUSTON — Botkins upset Houston in County action Monday, thanks to the Wildcats pitchers being unable to find the strike zone.
The final was 13-9, and the Trojans won despite being outhit 11-6. But Houston pitched walked 11 and hit six Botkins batters.
For Houston, Howie Ludwig was 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored, Dylan Hensley had a triple, Nick Shoemaker a double and Zach Jolly two hits.
VERSAILLES – If you like pitching Versailles was the place to be Monday afternoon as Versailles and Lima Shawnee displayed a high level with the Tigers edging the Indians 1-0.
Jacob Heitkamp pitched the complete game shutout, allowing only two Lima Shawnee hits, the last of which was a lead-off single to begin the third inning.
That frame was the only trouble in which he found himself. After the hit he walked a hitter and a two-out error filled the bases. Heitkamp now had to face the Indians clean-up batter, who had gotten the only other hit, and he promptly struck him out to end the threat.
That strikeout began a streak of 13 consecutive hitters Heitkamp would retire to finish the game. Through the seven innings he struck out 10 Shawnee batters.
“Anytime we put Jacob out there we get a great outing,” Versailles baseball coach Ryan Schlater said. “We just haven’t been stringing hits together. Fortunately, the one run was enough.”
The lone run of the game came in the Versailles first inning with two outs and nobody on base. Brett McEldowney engaged in a lengthy at-bat that finally ended with a walk. Kurtis Rutschilling, the Tiger clean-up hitter, came to the plate and with McEldowney running on the pitch doubled into center, scoring McEldowney with what would be the game winner.
Versailles swings back into Midwestern Athletic Conference play this week with games at Marion Local today and hosting Coldwater on Thursday.
BOTKINS — Houston rolled to its sixth straight SCL win against no losses in girls softball action Monday night, routing Botkins 31-4 in a game that saw five Lady Wildcats get inside-the-park home runs.
Houston is now 10-4 overall and 6-0 in the conference.
In addition to the inside-the-park home runs, which was no doubt a school record, two girls also hit for the cycle, and longtime head coach Brent New thinks it’s the first time in program history that anyone has done that.
Both Brittney Timmerman and Jessica Monnier singled, doubled, tripled and homered, with neither homer leaving the park.
Jenna Jarrett, Abby White and Grace Riffell had the other three homers.
In addition, senior Macey Stang scored two runs to give her 124 runs for her career, a new school record.
Jarrett also had a triple to go with her home run, Emily Foster singled twice and doubled, Rebekah New singled and doubled, and winning pitcher Judith Felver tripled.
Botkins actually led 4-3 after the first inning, but Houston came up in the top of the second and scored 11 runs. The Lady Wildcats had 23 hits in the game.
ANNA — Russia plated four in the top of the first, and then hung on in the seventh for a County softball win over Anna in action Monday night at Anna, 8-7.
The win kept Russia just one game behind league-leading Houston at 5-1. The Lady Raiders are now 8-5 overall.
Anna is 3-2 in the league and 6-6 overall.
For Russia, Lexi Monnin and Lauren Monnin were both 2 for 4, Maria Herron singled and tripled and Claudia Counts singled and doubled.
For Anna, Paige Richard was a tough out, going 4 for 4 with a double. Macey Richard singled and doubled and Riley Osborn had two singles.
The Piqua tennis team lost to Sidney 5-0 Saturday.
In singles, Tyler Lavey lost 6-3, 6-0; Josh Hanes lost 6-1, 6-4; and JJ Rohrbach lost 6-0, 5-7, 6-3.
In doubles, Sean Hatke and Brendan Tisher lost 3-6, 6-4, 7-5; and Emily Williams and Brad McPherson lost 6-1, 6-0.
In an exhibition match, Abby Rudd and Cameron Ashton lost 8-2.
Piqua rebounded with a 3-2 win over West Carrollton.
In singles, Lavey won 6-1, 6-0; Hanes won 6-3, 6-1; and Rohrbach won 6-3, 6-3.
In doubles, Hatke and Tisher lost 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; and Williams and McPherson lost 7-5, 2-6, 6-2.
pick up win
DAYTON — The Lehman boys tennis team defeated Northridge 5-0 Monday.
In singles, Griffin West defeated Austin Worman 6-0, 6-1; Ryan Goettemoeller defeated Brandon Banner 6-0, 6-0; and Will Hoersten defeated Demarco Taurus 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles, Sam Ritze and Malachi Bezy defeated Jim Spare and Vernon Woods 6-1, 6-0; and Josh Armstrong and Sean Toner defeated Payton Pearce and Brandon Osborne 6-0, 6-0.
Griffin West also finished third at the Miami Valley Coaches Cup at first singles Saturday.
He beat players from Beavercreek and West Carrollton.
Lehman is now 3-6 on the season.
SIDNEY — The Houston boys and girls track teams swept a meet at Fairlawn.
Boys team scores were Houston 71, Fairlawn 57, Calvary Christian 7.
Derrek Mayse swept the 110 hurdles, 16.55; and 300 hurdles, 43.84.
Also winning for Houston were Dakota Francis, 3,200, 11:40.28; Cody Meyer, high jump, 5-8; Tristin Stangel, pole vault, 10-0; the 400 relay, 47.74; the 800 relay, 1:42.59; and the 3,200 relay, 9:16.94;
Houston girls defeated Fairlawn 64-49.
Shelby Ayers swept the shot put, 30-1 1-2; and discus, 101-9.
Also winning for Houston were Morgan Ely, 1,600, 6:18.61; Hollie Voisard, 400, 65.84; Allie Voisard, 800, 2:50.82; Caity Falls, high jump, 4-8; the 800 relay, 2:08.05; the 1,600 relay, 4:35.05; and the 3,200 relay, 12:29.76.