The Piqua baseball season came to an end Wednesday with a 5-2 loss to Tecumseh in D-I sectional action at Hardman Field.
“I feel bad for the seniors because they worked hard in the off-season to have a good season,” Piqua coach Jared Askins said about Piqua’s 10-14 campaign. “And I know some of them don’t look at that as successful. But, we have some really good wins against teams like Beavercreek and Fairmont.
“We played Vandalia-Butler, one of the best teams in the state, really tough. I think our young players learned a lot in those games. We have to find ways to win those games on a consistent basis and we will.”
Despite Tecumseh committing five errors, Piqua could only score two runs.
“We ran ourselves out of a number innings,” Askins said. “Our pitching has been good all year and it was again tonight. Blake (Wright) threw really well.”
Wright pitched a seven-hitter and surrendered just two earned runs. He struck out eight.
Piqua had taken a 1-0 lead in the first.
Cory Cottrell reached on an error and Noah Lyman had a bunt single. Travis Smith had an infield single and a throwing error allowed Cottrell to score.
In the sixth, Derrick Gullett had a hit and scored on two errors on a ball hit by Austin Davis, but Davis was thrown out at the plate trying to score.
“They made a great play to get that out,” Askins said.
Piqua went down in order in the seventh, ending the season.
share of MAC
VERSAILLES – An 8-3 win against New Bremen on Tuesday gave the Versailles baseball team a share of the Midwest Athletic Conference championship.
New Bremen struck first with two runs in the top half of the third inning before Versailles took a lead it held the rest of the game with four runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Cardinals made it a one-run game with a run in the fourth. The Tigers then added three insurance runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to win by four runs.
New Bremen out-hit Versailles seven to six in the game. Both teams committed one error.
Jared Niekamp went 1-for-4 with a double, a run and two RBIs for Versailles. Collin Peters was 1-for-2 with two walks, two RBIs and one run. Austin Knapke went 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs.
Kyle Subler was 1-for-2 with two walks and a RBI. Brett McEldowney and Kurtis Rutschilling both were 1-for-3 with a walk and a run. Cole Niekamp walked three times, scored a run and drove in a run. Adam Lyons walked twice, drove in a run and scored a run.
Cole Niekamp earned the win as he pitched six innings, allowing three runs on six hits, no walks, one hit batter and eight strikeouts. Keaton McEldowney pitched one scoreless inning, allowing one hit, no walks and one strikeout.
Versailles improved to 15-4 overall and 8-1 in the MAC with the victory. The Tigers share the MAC championship with Coldwater, who beat St. Henry on Tuesday to claim a piece of the league title.
get 3-0 win
SIDNEY — Despite threatening weather and a bit of rain Tuesday, the Lehman softball team got its Division IV sectional softball game in, and it paid off.
The Lady Cavs, after scoring 31 runs and getting 37 hits in a doubleheader win over Mississinawa Saturday, managed just three runs and five hits on Tuesday. But it was enough thanks to good pitching and outstanding defense in a 3-0 blanking of visiting Tri-Village in first-round play.
Lehman goes to 12-9 on the year and gets top-seeded Covington next at 5 p.m. today at Covington.
Hailey Wick pitched a one-hitter with just one strikeout, meaning Tri-Village put the ball in play.
“We really played good defense,” said Lehman head coach Bill Booth. “Maddy McFarland did a great job in left field. She caught one ball against the fence and made a couple other great catches.”
Lehman took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Brogan McIver singled and stole second, moved up on a ground out, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Grace Monnin.
It stayed that way until the third inning, when the Lady Cavs added two more runs.
After an out, Monnin walked and rode a wild pitch to second. She came around to score on a double by Sidney Chapman, and Chapman scored when Allie Hall singled to make it 3-0.
Chapman had two doubles in the game and Hall two singles.
BRADFORD – Bradford used a 14-hit offensive attack combined with the pitching of Tori Smith to defeat an inexperienced Mississinawa Valley team 10-0 in five innings in the first round of the D-IV sectional softball tournament.
Bradford will play at Houston at 5 p.m. today.
Three Lady Roaders led the scoring assault. Leadoff batter Olivia Hart, who is a three-year varsity starter, did the most damage. Hart was 2-for-4, scored three runs and drove in four others. Smith, the No. 3 batter, went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt, and Hannah Fout had her best game of the season by going 3-for-3 with two runs scored, a RBI and a stolen base.
“I would have liked to have hit the ball better today,” Bradford coach Shon Shaffer said, “but their pitcher kept our hitters off-balance.”
Bradford’s Smith would silence the Lady Blackhawk bats on this afternoon. She struck out four, walked none and allowed no runs in five innings of work. She had outstanding command of all of her pitches.
“She (Smith) threw strikes,” Coach Shaffer said. “She was on today. She was hitting spots and moving the ball around.”
The Lady Roaders scored a single run in the first and added four runs in the second when seven of the first eight hitters reached via a hit. After adding another single run in the fourth Bradford would finish the game by plating four runs in the fifth, the last on a double steal that included a steal of home.
NEW BREMEN – Versailles beat New Bremen 2-1 on Tuesday to claim a share of the Midwest Athletic Conference softball championship.
New Bremen scored first with one run in the bottom half of the second inning. Versailles then responded with two runs in the third inning to win by one.
Lauren Heitkamp reached base on a New Bremen error to start the rally. Then Kristin Langston hit a one-out single and Sarah Gigandet hit a double to drive in both runners, giving Versailles its one-run margin of victory.
Versailles had three hits and no errors in the game. New Bremen had five hits and four errors.
Gigandet was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Langston was 1-for-3 and scored a run. Courtney McEldowney was 1-for-2. Heitkamp scored a run.
Heitkamp pitched the complete game for Versailles, allowing one run on five hits, three walks and seven strikeouts.
Versailles’ win increased its record to 15-8 overall and 6-1 in the MAC. Tuesday’s loss was the first of the conference season for New Bremen, who earned a share of the league title along with Versailles.
Parkway, which has one conference game remaining on Friday against Coldwater, also has a chance to earn a share of the conference championship.
DAYTON — Lehman Catholic’s Griffin West missed qualifying for district by one match Tuesday at Dayton Centre Courts.
West defeated Zack Young of Catholic Central 6-0, 6-3; and Andrew Fansler of Urbana 6-0, 6-1; and lost to Milton-Union’s Luke Ferguson 6-4, 6-1 in the go-to district match.
Also in singles, Sean Toner lost his prelim match to Wes Brown from Urbana 6-1, 6-1; while Will Hoersten won his prelim singles match against Austin Paul of Kenton Ridge 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 and lost his first round match to Ben Heath from Cedarville 6-2, 6-1.
In doubles Sam Ritze and Ryan Goettemoeller lost their first round match to Williams and Ritchie from Brookville 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. Malachi Bezy and Josh Armstrong lost their first round match to Fitzwater and Morscher from Northeastern 6-4, 7-5.