By Robbin Kiser
April 10, 2014
Call Sports Editor
The wind was blowing out at the Piqua High School softball diamond Thursday.
And the Lady Indians took full advantage in the first inning — plating nine runs enroute to a 12-7 victory over Troy to complete the season sweep and start 2-0 in GWOC North play.
“I would say we got off to a pretty good start,” Piqua coach Rick Claprood said. “To come out and scored nine runs in the first. They had a new pitcher and we adjusted to her pretty well.”
Megan Anderson opened the game with a double and the Indians just kept going — with the first eight Piqua batters reaching base.
Alexsis Gordon followed with a bunt single.
“Alexsis put down a perfect bunt,” Claprood said. “We wanted to get Megan (Anderson) to third. Once Alexsis put the bunt down, we just took off from there.”
Janise Hummel and Emily Smith both slugged two-run doubles in the inning — Gordon added a RBI single in her second at bat in the inning, Kelsie Hall doubled and Sierra Miller singled in the seven-hit, 13-batter inning.
Smith had another double in the second, with Hall singling her in and added two runs in the fifth.
Hall singled, Roeth’s second double scored a run and Gordon had a double.
“We had a lot of people swinging the bat,” Claprood said. “Janise (Hummel), Emily (Smith), Kelsie Hall had a big game tonight. Alexsis Gordon does a really nice job.”
In difficult conditions to pitch in, Jade Piatt aided by some nice defensive plays — was able to scatter nine hits and strike out five, walk two and hit a batter in going the distance.
“When Jade (Piatt) keeps the ball down she is effective,” Claprood said. “And I thought she got stronger as the game went on.”
All three outfielders (Janise Hummel, Sierra Miller, Kelsie Hall) made big plays at different times.
“When we hit the ball in gaps, it was a double,” Claprood said. “When Troy hit the ball in the gaps, Janise (Hummel) and Sierra (Miller) held them to singles. I thought that was big. We had a couple errors, but I thought our defense was pretty solid for the most part.”
Gordon, Smith and Hall all were 3-for-4, while Anderson and Miller were 2-for-4.
Dana Lade and Allison Pierce were 2-for-4 with two RBI for Troy, while Alex Wilt also had two hits.
Natalie Henson and Mackenzie Vernon combined on the pitching effort.
Piqua will play at West Carrollton today and play games with Trotwood-Monday and Tuesday, before heading to Florida.
Troy 022 003 0 —79 4
Piqua 910 020 x — 12 14 3
N. Henson, Vernon (1) and M. Henson, Kiser (4). Piatt and Smith. WP-Piatt. LP-N. Henson. 2B-Piqua: Anderson (2), Gordon, Hummel, Smith (2), Hall. Records: Troy 1-6 (0-2), Piqua 2-2 (2-0).