By Rob Kiser
Call Sports Editor
It was not the way Piqua baseball envisioned starting GWOC North play.
But, based on the events that took place Wednesday night at Hardman Field against Troy, plenty of crazy things can happen.
On a night where the two teams combined to walk 15 and hit six batters — while totaling just 10 hits — Troy did enough damage to come away with a 6-4 win.
That improved the Trojans to 3-3 overall and 2-0 in the GWOC North, while Piqua dropped to 2-3 and 0-2.
“It is a long season,” Piqua coach Jared Askins said. “It is still early. A lot can happen.”
Both teams had an inning that proved that.
After Troy had taken a 1-0 lead, Piqua took advantage of Zach Kendall not being quite as sharp with the strike zone as usual to plate four runs in the home third and go up 4-1.
Kendall walked three straight batters to start the inning.
After one run scored on a wild pitch, Bryan Mayse delivered a cltuch two-run, two-out double and came around to score on a wild pitch to make it 4-1.
“That was a huge hit by Bryan (Mayse),” Askins said. “We didn’t have any of that Tuesday (against Troy), so that was good to see.”
It was Piqua’s only hit in the inning.
Up 4-2 in the fifth inning, walks begin to put the Piqua lead in jeopardy.
But, after two-walks and a hit batter loaded the bases with no outs, Piqua reliever Austin Reedy struck out the side to get out of the jam with no damage.
“Austin (Reedy) was pumped up and did a great job,” Askins said. “The next inning, he struggled with location. But, he is a bulldog. We are going to keep giving him the ball.”
As much as Troy helped Piqua in the third, the Indians did the same for Troy in the sixth.
Catcher Nick Sanders had a tw0-run double to tie the game and the go-ahead runs would score on an error and wild pitch to give Troy a 6-4 lead the Trojans made stand up.
Piqua pitchers walked three and hit a batter in the inning.
“When you get that (a 4-1 lead), the pitchers have to find a way to make it stand up,” Askins said. “They helped us out earlier and then we did the same thing in the sixth.”
Piqua pitchers Taylor Baumeister, Reedy and Peyton Cartwright combined to strike out eight, walk nine and hit two batters.
Kendall, Alex Demore and Ryan Lavy combined to strike out four, walk six and hit four batters.
Sanders was 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead Troy at the plate. Lavy and Trenton Wood also doubled for Troy.
Piqua will play at Fairmont Friday, before hosting Graham in a 6 p.m. game Saturday.
Troy 001 104 0 — 6 6 2
Piqua 004 000 0 — 4 4 3
Kendall, Lemore (5), Lavy (7) and Sanders. Baumeiser, Reedy (5), Cartwright (6) and Nix. WP-Lemore. LP-Reedy. 2B-Troy: Lavy, Sanders, Wood. Piqua: Mayse. Records: Troy 3-3 (2-0), Piqua 2-3 (0-2).