By Rob Kiser
TROY — The Piqua Post 184 American Legion baseball team had leads of 5-0 and 7-3 against Troy Post 43 Tuesday night but could not hold on an lost 8-7 at Duke Park.
The game was tied 7-7 with two outs and the bases empty in the home ninth inning, when Cory Cotrell followed a drop fly ball with a game-winning single to score Kieran Williams from second base.
Piqua had taken a 1-0 lead in the second inning, without a hit.
Andrew Lundvall was hit by a pitch and came around to score on a throwing error on Logan Harris’ ground out.
Piqua made it 4-0 in the fourth.
Lundvall was on second after walking, when Howie Ludwig and Noah Richard drilled back-to-back doubles to make it 3-0 and end Chris Heisey’s night on the mound.
Noah Gertner greeted Logan Donovan with a RBI single to make it 4-0.
Piqua made it 5-0 in the fifth when Josh Osterholt singled and came around to score on Lundvall’s single.
Post 184 started Travis Smith blanked Troy through the first four innings, but Post 43 scored three times in the fifth.
Anthony Steele and Dylan Hensley both walked to start the inning.
Greg Peffley had a RBI single, Hensley scored on Brandon Nesbitt’s fielder’s choice and Michael Hale followed with a RBI doubles to make it 5-3.
It stayed that way until the seventh when Post 184 took advantage of three walks, with Logan Harris and Ludwig following with RBI singles. It could have been a bigger inning but Troy doubled a runner off second on a fly ball to Cotrell in centerfield.
Josh Osterholt relieved Smith in the seventh.
Troy got two runs in the seventh.
After Noah Roswell walked, Nesbitt had a RBI double.
He scored on Hale’s single when the throw to third ended up in the Troy dugout, making it 7-5.
In the eighth, Roswell had a two-out single and Peffley followed that with a home run over the right-field fence to tie the game.
Hunter Cohee, who pitched the final four innings for Troy, got out of a jam in the top of the ninth.
Lundvall walked, Joe McGillivary was hit by a pitch and Ludwig walked to load the bases with two outs before Cohee got a grounder back to him to end the inning and set up the dramatic finish.
Smith and Osterholt combined on a nine-hitter, walking six, hitting a batter and striking out four.
Heisey, Donovan and Cohee combined on a nine-hitter for Troy, striking out seven, walking seven and hitting two batters.
Piqua, 3-4, will be back in action Wednesday, traveling to Greenville for a 6:30 p.m. game.