By Rob Kiser
Call Sports Editor
DAYTON — It wasn’t the result Piqua baseball was hoping for on its return to Fifth-Third Field after several years absence.
The home of the Dayton Dragons continued to be an unkind facility for the Indians — who are now 0-4 on the field after a 10-0 loss to Lebanon in five innings.
“It is a great opportunity and experience for the kids,” Piqua coach Jared Askins said. “Even though we don’t like what the scoreboard says, this is something special for the kids.”
Lebanon jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening inning.
Adam Kimmle and Wes Noble single.
Tyler Duvall drilled a two-run double — a sign of things to come — and would come around to score on Christian Steele’s single.
Duvall had three doubles and five RBI in the first three innings alone — as Lebanon added two in the second and five in the third to make it 10-0.
“We need to find a way to get out in front,” Askins said. “Maybe, we need to be the visitors.”
At the same time, Drew Perduk was keeping Piqua off-balance.
The southpaw pitched the first four innings, allowing singles to Jacob Teague to open the game and Cameron Gordon in the third.
Piqua’s third pitcher Michael Anderson had a solid outing, pitching two-and-one third innings of shutout baseball.
“Coach Lavey (pitching coach Brad Lavey and I) were talking about how pleased we have been every time Michael (Anderson) has thrown for us,” Askins said. “He is going to continue to get opportunities in relief or possibly a couple starts.”
Jake Blucker came in to pitch the seventh and Piqua threatened to extend the game.
Bryan Mayse and Jarrett Toopes singled with two outs and Brayden Dohme walked to load the bases, before a fly out ended the game.
Duvall finished 4-for-4, adding a single in the fifth.
Steele was 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI, while Wes Noble was 2-for-4 with a triple and one RBI and Kimmle was 2-for-4,
Eric Leichliter was 2-for-3 as the Warriors outhit Piqua 13-4.
“You can’t dwell on a loss,” Askins said. “I still believe when we play a complete game, we can play with anyone. We are just having trouble doing that right now.”
Piqua, 7-8, will host Coldwater Saturday in a doubleheader. First pitch is at noon.