By Rob Kiser
GREENVILLE — Looking to go 5-0 in the GWOC North Monday at Sater Park against Greenville, the game instead turned into a missed opportunity for the Indians in a 4-2 loss.
Greenville improved to 4-7 overall and 2-3 in the GWOC North, while Piqua dropped to 7-6 overall and 4-1 in the GWOC North with the two teams playing again Tuesday at Hardman Field.
During the game, Piiqua had nine runner left on base — the sixth inning was the only inning where the Indians did not strand a runner — had two runners thrown out at third, one doubled off second and a batter called out in a one-out rally when the on deck batter didn’t move on a foul pop and was called for interference.
Piqua had taken a 2-0 lead in the second when Austin Davis and Logan Harris reached on errors.
After a single by Rupert Delacruz, Cory Cottrell drew a bases-loaded walk and Noah Lyman fielder’s choice scored a second run.
Greenville got on the board in the third.
Grant Minnich singled and scored from first on Landon Eldridge’s single when the ball was misplayed in the outfield.
The Wave took a 3-2 lead in the fourth with two runs.
Tanner Ross started things with a double.
Jason Shields had a single, and RBI single tied the game and Landon Eldridge beat out a single to give Greenville the lead.
Travis Smith relieved started Blake Wright and got the final out in the inning.
Greenville got an insurance run in the fifth on a ground ball with the bases loaded and one out.
The throw home pulled catcher Ethan Garland off the bag.
The fifth and seventh innings summed up the night for Piqua.
In the fifth, the inning started with three straight walks, but not Piqua runner got beyond second base.
Piqua had one runner thrown out trying to go from second to third on a wild pitch when the ball ricocheted off the brick backstop and Minninch threw a strike to Ross at third.
Piqua put the tying runs on in the seventh with two singles to start the inning.
But, the Indians failed to bunt the runners into scoring position and a little looper caught by Kyle Mills at shortstop turned into a double play, the second one Greenville turned in the game.
Piqua was not without defensive highlights as Cottrell turned into two web gems in centerfield, making two diving catches to take away base hits.