VERSAILLES — On a day that felt like the first true day of spring, a defensive effort helped the Versailles baseball team to a 2-1 victory against Fort Loramie Saturday morning in the opening game of the of Zach Richard Classic.
An early run scored in the bottom of the first inning by Kyle Subler sparked Versailles to an early lead. Subler tagged up at third on a fly out and sprinted home for a 1-0 lead.
Versailles scored again in the bottom of the third from a double by Brett McEldowney, sending in Subler for his second score of the game, extending the lead to 2-0.
Not to be outmatched, Fort Loramie’s Brad Pleiman scored on an error in the top of the fourth inning to make the score 2-1.
With a close 2-1 lead, Versailles would not be denied victory. The Tigers closed out the game with a consistent performance by pitcher Cole Niekamp and stubborn defense in a complete team effort.
Subler went 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Keaton McEldowney went 0-for-1 with two sacrifice bunts — one of which landed Subler on second and eventually in for the score. Brett McEldowney went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI.
Niekamp pitched the full game for Versailles with one strikeout, one hit, no earned runs, one unearned run and three walks.
Versailles improved to 8-0 with the victory.
HOUSTON — The Houston Wildcats upped their record on the year to 8-3 with a doubleheader sweep of visiting New Knoxville in non-league baseball action Saturday.
The Wildcats won the first game 7-0 behind a complete-game effort from ace Zach Jolly. He allowed three hits and struck out nine.
Noah Shoemaker was 2 for 3, scored twice and drove in two, Isaiah Beaver was 2 for 3 and Howie Ludwig 2 for 4.
In the second game, Houston scored four times in the first and held on for an 8-6 victory.
Dylan Hensley was 3 for 4, Jolly singled and double, Jacob Gates singled and doubles, and Beaver had two singles.
Jolly came on in the seventh and earned a save.
McMurray and Tinnerman both doubled for the Rangers.
ARCANUM — The Russia Raiders dropped both games of a doubleheader to a strong Arcanum squad Saturday, the scores being 2-0 and 3-1.
In the first games, Arcanum scored twice in the bottom of the third for all the runs in the game. The Trojans got two singles to lead off the innings and after a groundout came another single and a walk to produce the two runs.
In the second game, Russia got a run in the the top of the first on a base hit and stolen base by Connor Monnin and a pair of fly ball outs to center. But the Raiders managed just four singles the rest of the way.
Arcanum came right back with two in the bottom of the first and added another in the third.
Hunter Cohee had two hits in both games, and Drew Sherman doubles in the first game.
RIDGEWAY — Lehman broke open a close game late and went on to beat Ridgemont 7-2 in Northwest Central Conference play on the road Friday in high school baseball.
The win kept the Cavaliers unbeaten on the year at 7-0, and put them at 5-0 in the conference. They face a stiff test today when they play at crosstown rival Sidney in a single game beginning at 11 a.m.
The game was deadlocked at 1-1 after three innings before the Cavs scored one in the fourth and two in the fifth. By that time, head coach Dave King had brought on ace Parker Riley, and he held the Gophers scoreless the rest of the way. Lehman then put up three insurance runs in the seventh.
Riley also led the offense with three hits and Brandon Barhorst had two. Dylan Arnold, Nate Bosway and Ian Smith all had doubles. Tyler Lachey drove in two runs.
CASSTOWN — Miami East’s struggles with the bats continued Friday as the Vikings fell to 1-7 on the season with a 10-2 loss to Anna at home.
Cam Coomes was 2 for 3 in the game, with Austin Rutledge and Braxton Donaldson each picking up a hit. Colton Purves took the loss on the mound.
COVINGTON — Covington (3-6, 1-2 Cross County Conference) continued to struggle defensively, committing three errors and giving up five unearned runs in an 8-6 loss to visiting National Trail.
James Grilliot was 3- or-4 with a double, Levi Winn was 2-for-4 with a double and Jared Williams had a double and three RBIs to lead the Buccaneer offense. Christian Nelson took the loss on the mound.
Covington hosts New Bremen Monday.
ST. HENRY — St. Henry built up a 4-0 lead, then held off the Russia Raiders in non-league baseball action Friday, 4-2.
St. Henry remained unbeaten with the win, now standing at 6-0. Russia falls to 4-3.
For the Raiders, Drew Sherman had three hits in four trips, and both Connor Monnin and Dion Puthoff were 2 for 3. One of Sherman’s hits was a double.
HOUSTON — Houston upped its record to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in SCL play with a 17-2 victory over Jackson Center in action Friday.
Houston was led by Jacob Gates with two singles and a double, and Howie Ludwig with a double and a triple. Kaleib Freistuhler singled, doubled and scored three runs, Isaiah Beaver had two singles and scored four times, and Zach Jolly had two hits and two runs.