By Rob Kiser
TROY — In the end, six games between Piqua, Troy and Greenville softball teams settled nothing.
All three teams split with each other and finished with 8-2 records in the GWOC North to share the title.
After Piqua had clinched a share of the title with a 3-0 win over Troy (see dailycall.com for the story), it was a very different game Tuesday from the start.
The Lady Indians tried to rally from a 10-2 deficit before losing 12-10 to drop to 17-5, while Troy improved to 13-8.
Piqua had taken a 1-0 lead in the first, when the first four batters reached base, but only got one run.
Alyssa Jones double with runners on second and third only scored one run, then the inning ended on a double play when the Piqua runner who tagged was called out for leaving third base early.
Lauryn Rutan and Natalie Henson both hit two-run homers for Troy in the first as the Lady Trojans took a 4-1 lead they would not relinquish.
Piqua got a run back in the second on Natalie Forness’ home run, but Rutan had a two-run inside the park homer when the Piqua outfielder fell down to make it 6-2.
Troy added four more runs in the third to make it 10-2.
Sara Goodwin scored a run on a fielder’s choice and Camryn Moeller, Josie Rohlfs and Savannah Nelson all had RBI singles.
Forness had a double in Piqua’s fourth when Jones had a RBI single and Reynna Lavey had a bases-loaded walk to make it 10-4.
Piqua added four more runs in the fifth.
Megan Anderson had a two-run single, Lexi Gordon had a sacrifice fly and Jones had a RBI single to make it 10-8.
Piqua then had runners on second and third with no outs in the sixth and didn’t score.
With one out, a ground ball to the pitcher resulted in an inning-ending double play when the runner on third tried to score.
Troy got two big runs in the home sixth when a RBI double by Goodwin and a RBI single by Moeller to make it 12-8.
Piqua scored two runs in the seventh.
Kyla Blankenship had a two-run single to make it 12-10 and put the tying runs on second and third when Moeller got a fly out to end the game.
Henson, Hallie Snyder, Hannah Wright and Moeller combined on the pitching effort for Troy, while Blankenship and Anderson combined on the mound for Piqua.
The two teams could meet in the second round of the Division I sectional tournament next Wednesday.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.
Piqua’s Reynna Lavey — who drove in all three runs in Monday’s 3-0 victory over Troy — takes a pitch Tuesday at Troy.