Piqua baseball splits with Greenville


Indians rally for 8-5 victory

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua pitcher Blake Wright throws from the stretch Monday at Sater Park against Greenville.


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Cory Cottrell dives back into first as Greenville first baseman Jason Shields waits for the throw


Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua catcher Ethan Garland sccops a low pitch Monday at Sater Park


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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.

Piqua was able to bounce back Tuesday, rallying for an 8-5 win.

Greenville is 4-8 overall and 2-4 in the GWOC North, while Piqua is 8-6 overall and 5-1 in the GWOC North.

In Tuesday’s game, Piqua was able to take advantage of six Greenville errors, but had three of their own in the fifth as Greenville took a 5-3 lead.

“Three errors in the fifth keyed the Greenville rally,” Piqua coach Jared Askins said. “But, we capitalized on their errors all night.”

Derrick Gullett started, with relief help from Logan Harris and Derek Hite.

“The pitchers again threw exceptional,” Askins said. “Derek Hite was able to get some key RBIs for us. Travis Smith had a huge double and played great defense all night.”

Hite was 2-for-2 with four RBIs, while Austin Davis was 3-for-4 with one RBI.

Smith, Gullett and Davis all had doubles in the game.

During Monday’s game, Piqua had nine runners 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 Minnich 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.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua pitcher Blake Wright throws from the stretch Monday at Sater Park against Greenville.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_blake-wright-3.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua pitcher Blake Wright throws from the stretch Monday at Sater Park against Greenville.

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Cory Cottrell dives back into first as Greenville first baseman Jason Shields waits for the throw
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_corycottrell-1.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Cory Cottrell dives back into first as Greenville first baseman Jason Shields waits for the throw

Rob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua catcher Ethan Garland sccops a low pitch Monday at Sater Park
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_ethangarland-1.jpgRob Kiser/Call Photo Piqua catcher Ethan Garland sccops a low pitch Monday at Sater Park
Indians rally for 8-5 victory
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