Piqua baseball opens with win

By Robbin Kiser

April 2, 2014

The Piqua baseball team got the season off to an impressive start with a 4-1 victory over Miamisburg Monday night at Hardman Field.

Piqua got all the runs they would need in the home first, scoring three times.

“I have said all along, with the pitching we have, if we score four or five runs we are going to be hard to beat,” Piqua coach Jared Askins said. “Absolutley, it is (a great way to start the season). Especially over an opponent the caliber of Miamisburg.”

Buddy Nix drilled the big hit in the first inning with a two-run double.

“I was telling coach (Brad) Lavey that was probably two years coming,” Askins said about Nix’s hit. “He has been robbed a couple times — last year against Indian Lake on what would have been a game-winning hit.”

After Miamisburg scored one run in the top of the second, Piqua answered in the home second.

Cam Gordon singled, was sacrificed to second by Jacob Teague and move to third on a wild pitch. Noah Gertner had the RBI to score him.

“We are working on a new system this year where we try to score multiple runs in innings and get up early,” Askins said. “And if someone scores, we answer them. We did that tonight in the second inning.”

Taylor Baumeister threw a masterpiece.

He pitched a three-hitter, striking out six and walking four.

The Vikings only run was unearned.

“It was great to see the way Taylor (Baumeister) threw and the way the kids came out tonight,” Askins said.

n Piqua had a tougher time Tuesday night as Wapakoneta pitcher Chase Culver threw a no-hitter in a 3-0 win over the Indians.

Piqua pitcher Cam Gordon had a strong outing as well, pitching a five-hitter and striking out four and walking two.

Only one Redskin run was earned.

“Cam pitched a great game,” Askins said. “He kept us un the game and didn’t let or bats bother him.

“We had one inning where we had two guys on, but that was about it. The bats just weren’t there.”

Piqua, 1-1, will host Beavercreek Thursday.

Cavs win opener

PLEASANT HILL — Lehman head coach Dave King moved within one victory of 500 0n Monday night with tough 4-1 win over a good Newton squad in non-league high school baseball action.

The Cavaliers took just a 2-1 lead into the top of the seventh, but were able to add two insurance runs when a bad throw with two out and runners on second and third allowed two unearned runs to score.

That was enough for Lehman pitchers Cole Proffitt and Nate Bosway, who combined for nine strikeouts. Proffitt started and went the first four. Bosway fanned five over the last three frames.

“It was a good game,” said King. “Newton got a transfer from Tipp City, a lefty, and he’s very good. And our pitchers hung tough.”

Parker Riley singled and doubled for the Cavs, and Proffitt had two singles.

Cats pound JC

HOUSTON — Houston also had one big inning that led to a run-rule verdict, scoring 14 times in the bottom of the second en route to a 19-6 win over Jackson Center.

The Wildcats took advantage of Jackson Center walks and seven errors by the Tigers to score 19 times on just eight hits.

Chase Foster had a big day at the plate for the Wildcats, with four hits in four trips. He scored four times, stole three bases and drove in three runs.

Quinton Pence was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Jamie Riffel was 2-for-3 with a double.

Ethan Zorn had a good day for the Tigers, with two hits in three trips and two runs scored.

Zach Jolly went the distance for Houston, striking out eight.

Russia starts fast

RUSSIA — Russia plated six runs in the first two innings and that was enough in a 7-3 victory over Botkins in County baseball action Monday.

Two Raider pitchers limited the Trojans to four hits. Nolan Francis went the first three innings, fanning three, and Isaiah Counts went the final four and allowed just one hit and struck out six.

Counts also had a big day at the plate, with two doubles and four RBIs.

Bryan Drees added two hits.