Piqua improves to 7-2 in GWOC North

Last updated: May 06. 2014 9:47PM - 371 Views
By Robbin Kiser

Mike Ullery/Daily CallEmily Smith hits the ball against Greenville Tuesday.
Mike Ullery/Daily CallEmily Smith hits the ball against Greenville Tuesday.
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By Rob Kiser

Call Sports Editor

Piqua showed it can played with one of the best softball teams in the area over the last two nights.

And when the seventh inning was over Tuesday, the Lady Indians had a split with Greenville.

After losing 4-2 to Greenville Monday, Piqua was trailing 2-0 going to the home seventh Tuesday despite another strong pitching effort from Jade Piatt.

“Jade (Piatt) really threw the ball well,” Piqua coach Rick Claprood said. “She was doing a great job of moving it in and out.”

After Piqua had scored two runs to tie it, Kyla Blankenship was on second with two outs when Janise Hummel hit a towering pop-up.

It fell between three Greenville players, with Blankenship scoring to give Piqua a 3-2 victory.

Greenville dropped to 20-3 on the season and finished 9-1 in the GWOC North.

Piqua improved to 11-8 overall and is 7-2 in the GWOC North heading into tonight’s game with Vandalia-Butler.

“You can just see it with these kids,” Claprood said. “We are young, no doubt it.

But,they really play well at times and there is no quit in them.”

Kendra Forness had started the rally in the seventh with a pinch-hit single.

She scored on Sierra Miller’s single.

Miller moved to third on Megan Anderson’s fielder’s choice and Blankenship singled her in.

That set up the dramatic finish.

“We had Kyla running on the play,” Claprood said about the pop-up. “There were two outs, so you never know.

“Janise must have hit it 700 feet in the air. Janise had a great game in the field.

“Sierra had a tough game, but came through with the big hit. That is the way these kids are.”

Haleigh Luce had a home run for Greenville.

n Greenville pitcher Ally Russell had a leadoff homer in the bottom of the first to give the Wave a 1-0 lead Monday.

Piqua tied it in the second when Hummel walked, stole second and scored on Reynna Lavey’s single.

Greenville took a 2-1 lead in the third when Russell reached on an error and pinch-runner Sarah Strait scored on Allison Minnich’s single.

It stayed that way until the Greenville sixth, when Alli Hill had a two-out, two-run single.

Hummel tripled in the Piqua seventh and scored on Lavey’s fielder’s choice.

Piqua will host Vandalia-Butler at 5 p.m. today.

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