Lehmankeeps onrolling


SIDNEY — Lehman ran its record to 6-0 in the Northwest Central Conference with an 18-0 rout of visiting Waynesfield Tuesday.

The Cavs are now 9-1 and play at Waynesfield Thursday.

Highlighting the game for Lehman were two inside-the-park home runs, one being a grand slam by Nate Bosway. Dylan Arnold added a solo homer.

Arnold also had a triple, drove in four and scored twice, Bosway had two hits, four RBIs and scored three times, Avery Pickrel tripled and Stephen Monnin doubled. Max Schutt drove in two and Bandon Barhorst, Parker Riley, Owen Smith and Tyler Lachey all scored twice.

Blei blanks

North in CCC

COVINGTON – The Covington Buccaneers came into Tuesday’s contest against Tri-County North fielding a 3-7 record and reeling from just one win in the last six games.

And through it all, Covington coach Mitch Hirsch knew his team was capable of beating anybody – IF his boys played defense.

“I’ve been telling the kids all year that we can beat anybody if we play defense,” said Hirsch. “Tonight proved that.”

Covington played its best defensive game of the season, committing just one error in a 1-0 victory over the Panthers.

And the defensive play of the game was made by senior left-fielder Jared Williams in the top of the first inning as North had two runners on with two outs and a ball was hit hard into left field. Williams tracked the ball and made a spectacular catch at the fence.

And inning after inning, junior hurler Nathan Blei kept the potent Panther lineup off balance – limiting North to just two hits in the contest. Blei went the distance and struck out seven batters along the way.

Covington scored the game’s only run in the home fifth inning.

Noah Thomas led off with a rare walk and James Grilliot put down a sacrifice bunt to move Thomas to second.

Coleman Ryan then stepped to the plate and wrapped a single into right field to score Thomas from second.

East baseball

loses in CCC

NEW PARIS — Miami East outhit National Trail 8-5, but the Blazers were able to take advantage of their chances in a 6-2 Cross County Conference victory over the Vikings.

Braxton Donaldson and Scot Kirby were both 2 for 4 to lead the Viking offense. Kirby also got the loss on the mound, giving up four runs — three earned — in the first five innings.

Miami East travels to Tri-County North Friday.

Roaders lose

close game

NEW MADISON – The Tri-Village baseball team topped Bradford 3-1 in a pitchers’ duel on Tuesday evening.

Parker Smith kept Bradford in the game as he threw a strong game as well, allowing two earned runs and one unearned run on six hits, one walk and two strikeouts in a complete game effort.

Both pitchers were perfect through three innings on Tuesday as neither team could get anything going offensively until their second time through the order.

In the top of the fourth Smith helped his own cause by drawing a leadoff walk, advancing to second on a Mason Justice sacrifice grounder and scoring on a RBI single by Andy Branson to put the Railroaders up 1-0.

“I thought we did really well actually,” Bradford coach Shane Snyder said. “Defensively we were really solid for the first five innings. Our last two games we’ve looked really, really good on defense. I think we started off tonight defensively really well. I just told the guys you’ve got to put together seven innings of great defense. It can’t be five or six. It’s got to be seven full innings.”

Branson went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI for Bradford. Smith scored the Railroaders’ lone run.

Bradford will play host to Ansonia on Thursday.

Russia falls

to Anna

RUSSIA — The Russia baseball teams suffered its first SCL loss, 6-4 to Anna.

Connor Monnin had two hits for Russia.

SOFTBALL

Piqua softball

loses to Wave

GREENVILLE — The Piqua softball team lost to Greenville Wednesday.

Piqua dropped to 10-2 overall, while Greenville improved to 10-3.

Piqua and Troy still control their own destiny in the race for the GWOC title.

Both teams are 5-1 and face each other in the final two conference games, while Greenville is 4-2.

Lehman handles

WG in NWCC

SIDNEY — Lehman was down 1-0 after the top of the third but struck for five in the bottom of the inning and went on to beat visiting Waynesfield Goshen in Northwest Central Conference action 8-2.

Lehman is now 5-3 overall.

Lehman had 13 hits, six of them for extra bases.

Grace Monnin singled and homered, Allie Hall singled and tripled, Grace Brandt had two doubles, Carly Edwards singled and doubled, Amanda Titterington tripled and Maddy McFarland had two singles.

“We played real well defensively,” said Lehman coach Bill Booth. “Our one error came on the second hitter of the game. Hailey Wick pitched well and we really hit the ball hard.”

Lady Buccs

win in CCC

COVINGTON — After falling behind 2-0 early, Covington put together a three-run rally in the third inning to take control and held on for a 6-3 victory against Tri-County North Tuesday.

Brooke Gostomsky went the distance, striking out five and giving up six hits for the win. Arianna Richards was 3 for 4, Lexie Long was 2 for 3 and Sarah Hubbord doubled to help the Buccaneers improve to 14-2 on the season.

Covington traveled to Twin Valley South Wednesday.

Lady Roaders

pound out win

NEW MADISON – Powered by a pair of Amanda Brewer home runs, the Bradford softball team beat Tri-Village 10-3 in a Cross County Conference game on Tuesday.

Brewer went 3-for-4 on Tuesday with a pair of home runs and six RBIs. She also excelled in the field for the Railroaders.

“We had one player stand out, and that’s probably the best I’ve seen her play since she’s been little; that’s Amanda Brewer,” Bradford coach Shon Schaffer said. “Had two home runs. Played awesome defensively. That’s probably what stands out the most is she really shut down all their ground balls and caught a line drive. Just played really nice.”

Brewer got Bradford going early as she cranked a three-run homer in the top half of the first inning to put the Railroaders up 3-0.

Tri-Village responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the second to cut Bradford’s lead to a single run, 3-2. But the Railroaders then scored two runs in the third, two in the fourth and three in the sixth to pull ahead 10-2. The Patriots scored the game’s final run in the bottom of the sixth for the 10-3 final score.

Along with Brewer, Olivia Hart had a big day at the plate for Bradford as she went 4-for-4 with a RBI and three runs scored.

Tori Smith had a strong pitching performance for the Railroaders as she struck out 10 and only walked one in a complete game victory.

“I asked the scorekeeper in the bottom of the seventh how many pitches she was at, and she was at 110, which was good,” Schaffer said. “That’s exactly where we want to be at this time of year, is to get up in the 100s and have her get into some tight spots, which she did, and she worked herself out of it. It was a good outing for her.”

Bradford will play host to Ansonia on Thursday.

Lady Raiders

perfect in SCL

RUSSIA — Russia softball stayed unbeaten in SCL play with a 4-0 victory over visiting Anna Tuesday.

The Lady Raiders are 7-4 overall and Anna is 5-3.

Shae Borchers singled, doubled and drove in three for Russia, and Katie Swartz singled and doubled.

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