By Rob Kiser
The Piqua American Legion Post 184 baseball team will play Springfield Armoloy in the championship game of the first July 4 tournament at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Piqua will play Richmond Post 65 at 11 a.m., but regardless of the outcome the championship matchup is set.
Piqua will take a 2-0 record into the game with Richmond, while Richmond is 0-2. Armoloy finished 2-1 in round robin play, while the Springfield Titans finished 1-2.
Both the Titans and Armoloy defeated Richmond earlier Saturday, before Post 184 rallied for a 6-3 win over Armoloy Saturday night, with Braden Goodwin throwing a complete game.
Armoloy had takend a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Vince Unarast had reached on an error and a bunt single by Brock Hodson put runners on first and third.
Andrew Tincher had a sacrifice fly to make it 1-0 and with two out and the bases loaded, Rob Delong had a RBI single, with Austin McCorkle cut down at the plate on a strike from centerfielder Austin Arnold. Catcher Mason Justice held onto the ball after a collision at the plate.
Tincher had limited Post 184 to just one hit through the first five innings and Armoloy led 2-0 going to the sixth.
Post 184, the visitors, broke through with four runs to take the lead.
Goodwin started things with a double and Josh Osterholt followed with a RBI single.
Osterholt was cut down at third base on Dylan Arnold’s fielder’s choice.
Arnold went to third on an errant pickoff throw to first and Travis Smith walked.
Noah Richard then drilled a triple to score both runners and give Post 184 a 3-2 lead and Austin Arnold followed with a double to make it 4-2.
Holycross doubled in the home sixth for Armoloy and scored on Cameron Kettler’s triple.
But, Goodwin got out of the jam with a pop up to Howie Ludwig at second to end the rally.
Justice singled in the seventh for Post 184 and came around to score on a wild pitch, while Osterholt reached on an error and would score on Dylan Arnold’s sacrifice fly to make it 6-3.
Goodwin gave up a one-out walk in the seventh, but a ground ball to Dylan Arnold at shortstop resulted in an game-ending double play.
Goodwin pitched a five-hitter, striking out one and walking three.
Tincher finished with a six-hitter, striking out four and walking two.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.