Piqua baseball evens scores with Greenville

By Robbin Kiser

May 6, 2014

After a 9-0 loss to Greenville Monday, it didn’t take long for Piqua to turn the tables on the Wave wit ha 10-3 win Tuesday at Hardman Field.

Greenville drops to 16-9 and 6-4 in the GWOC North, while Piqua is 11-12 and 4-6.

The Indians seemed to be in control through four innings.

Cam Gordon was perfect on the mound — Greenville had not even gotten a ball to the outfield.

Gordon helped himself in the first.

He doubled in Jacob Teague, who had singled, to make it 1-0.

In the second, Taylor Baumeister had a RBI singled to score Austin Reedy and make it 2-0.

But, two walks, an error on a bunt and Reece Hunt’s two-run single gave Greenville a 3-2 lead in the fifth.

But, Piqua bounced back with six runs in the home fifth and cruised to the win.

Austin Reedy had a two-run single that would prove to be the game-winning hit.

Teague had a two-run single, Baumeister had a RBI double and Gordon had a RBI single.

Buddy Nix had started the inning with a double.

Piqua added two runs in the sixth on sacrifice flies by Noah Gertner and Baumeister.

Baumeister was 2-for-3 with three RBI, while Teague was also 2-for-3.

Kyle Smith was on base in all four at bats, Reedy was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Gordon was 2-for-5 with two RBI.

Gordon and Reedy combined on a two-hitter,

Gordon had four strikeouts and two walks in five innings.

Piqua will host Beavercreek today.


Russia gets win

RUSSIA — The Russia baseball team evened the score with Fort Loramie, defeating the Redskins 3-2 Monday in SCL action.

“Every game with Ft. Loramie goes down to the wire,” Russia coach Rick Gold said. “They are an excellent team. Connor Rose pitched well for them, as did Grant Olberding in relief. We were able to take advantage of a couple of their mistakes to get an early lead.”

Isaiah Counts pitched a four-hitter, striking out six and walking one.

“Isaiah Counts did a great job on the hill, striking out six,” Gold said. “He got the first batter out five of the seven innings he pitched, and that really helped.”

Russia scored in the first, when Nolan Francis reached on an infield single and came around to score on Bailey Francis’ ground out.

In the second, Jordan Gariety singled and scored on Drew Sherman’s triple.

Russia made it 3-0 in the third when when Bryan Drees’ bases-loaded grounder scored Cole McEldowney.

Fort Loramie scored two runs in the sixth to make it interesting.

“In the bottom of the sixth, we made a couple of defensive mistakes that Loramie took advantage of,” Gold said. ” In the top of the seventh, they put their first two hitters on base, and we went to Nolan Francis. He was able to get a pop up on a sacrifice bunt and a game ending ground ball double play to Bryce Cordonnier to Cole McEldowney to Isaiah Counts to end the game.

“Isaiah has gotten better and better each outing, and Nolan has came in relief in two tough situations the past week and has been unbelievable. It was a great win for us.”

Sherman led Russia’s seven-hit attack, going 2-for-3.