PLEASANT HILL — The Newton baseball team got a look at a potential postseason opponent Saturday, shutting out Xenia Christian 4-0 at home.
Wade Ferrell pitched a complete game shutout for the win, striking out nine in the process, while Rhett Gipe led the team offensively with a 3 for 3 day at the plate.
Newton — the No. 3 seed in the Division IV sectional — has a first-round bye, awaiting the winner between No. 12 Xenia Christian and No. 11 Middletown Christian, who play Monday. The Indians will host the second-round game on Wednesday.
by Red Devils
TIPP CITY — The Piqua baseball team had a tough time at Tippecanoe Friday, losing to the Red Devils 6-0.
Piqua starter Travis Smith lasted three innings, striking out four and walking one but allowing two hits and two earned runs.
Blake Wright pitched a scoreless fourth, but walked the first two batters of the fifth before exiting, walking three, striking out one and giving up one hit and one earned run. Zach Luttrell pitched an inning, giving up three runs on three hits, and Logan Harris finished the sixth, giving up one run on one hit and striking out two.
Cory Cotrell had a double to start the game for Piqua, who had just three hits and stranded six baserunners, striking out 11 times.
Piqua will host Tecumseh in a first-round tournament game at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
win over EC
SPRINGFIELD – The Bradford baseball team got to double-digit victories with a 6-3 win at Emmanuel Christian Academy on Friday.
Bradford struck first with three runs in the top half of the third inning. After Emmanuel Christian cut the lead to a single run in the bottom half of the inning, the Railroaders plated two more runs in the fifth to lead 5-2. Emmanuel Christian scored its final run in the bottom of the fifth, and Bradford added one more in the seventh for the 6-3 final score.
Bradford had eight hits and three errors in the game. Emmanuel Christian had seven hits and two errors.
Andy Branson was 3-for-4 with a double, a run and four RBIs to lead the Bradford offense. Bryson Canan went 2-for-4 and drove in a run.
JACKSON CENTER — Russia shut out Jackson Center for the second night in a row, winning 13-0 Friday in County play.
The win puts the Raiders at 13-8 and drops the Tigers to 2-13.
Russia got three hits in four trips from both Zach Sherman and Jonah Counts. Drew Sosby had two of JC’s three hits.
PLEASANT HILL — Houston went on the road and beat Newton 9-4 in non-league play Friday.
The Wildcats are now 13-11.
Howie Ludwig had four hits and scored three runs, Dylan Hensley singled and tripled, and Zach Jolly and Jacob Gates both doubled.