By Joshua Brown
April 5, 2014
TROY — Troy finally got to play a game in its home state.
The Trojans also picked up their first win.
One way or another, Troy (1-3) got solid pitching and defense and took advantage of its offensive opportunities when they came along — which proved to be often — routing Kenton Ridge 11-1 in five innings in what turned out to be an impromptu home opener for the Trojans at Market Street Field.
The game had originally been scheduled to be played at Kenton Ridge (1-2), but with field condition issues still lingering after all of the rain the past three days, the Cougars’ field was unplayable and Troy’s was ready to go. The Trojans have had three games rained out this week.
“It felt good to be playing,” Troy baseball coach Ty Welker said. “It felt good to be home, and it turned out to be a pretty nice day.”
Ryan Lavy got the win, striking out seven and scattering four hits, while the Troy defense played error-free baseball behind him.
“We had zero errors, and that’s a big deal for us,” Welker said. “Ryan pitched a nice game, got ahead of hitters and threw his curveball for strikes.”
The Trojans, meanwhile, scored their 11 runs on only eight hits, making the most of their chances. Greg Johnson was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI, Trenton Wood and Lavy were both 1 for 2 with two RBIs and two runs and Alex Magoteaux and Collin Moeller both doubled.
“We scored some runs early, and in the past we’ve let up after doing that. But today we didn’t,” Welker said. “We got some hits with guys in scoring position, which was nice. We ran the bases well and did all of the little things we’ve been talking about that you need to do to win games.”
It also gives Troy some much-needed momentum, as it opens up Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division play with an away-home series against rival Piqua on Monday and Tuesday.
Urbana 4, TC 3
URBANA — The end result wasn’t nearly as important as all of the little things Troy Christian coach Bill Campbell saw out of his team Saturday.
Freshman Cameron Davee threw a strong game on the mound, and even though the Eagles gave up four runs in the third inning, they fought back later and made it a one-run game before falling in the end 4-3 at Urbana Saturday.
“I’m very proud of this team,” Campbell said. “We got better today. We played a very good baseball game and made a lot of steps forward.”
Davee struck out six, walked only one and gave up seven hits, most of them coming in the bottom of the third when Urbana took a 4-1 lead.
“Cameron, a freshman lefty, I’ve been waiting on him to come up. He did an outstanding job for us against this team,” Campbell said. “They got four in that third, which was really his one glitch. He did a great job for us.”
Seth Douglass went 2 for 3 with a double and Jordan Sloan was 2 for 2 to lead the Troy Christian offense, which put up two in the top of the sixth to make it a 4-3 game — but Urbana held on. Still, Campbell was plenty pleased.
“This was what we needed. We needed to get out and play,” Campbell said.
Waynesville 14, ME 4;
ME 6, Waynesville 0
WAYNESVILLE — Miami East’s defense had a rough first game Saturday.
Which made the way the Vikings played in the second game stand out more.
The Vikings (2-1) dropped the first game of a doubleheader at Waynesville 14-4 after giving up 13 runs in the first two innings. But Miami East bounced back with an error-free game, helping Meagan Pettit pitch a 6-0 shutout to split on the day.
Kris Bigelow and Ellie Gearhart were both 2 for 3 with a double in the first game, while Pettit and Taylor Miller each added a double, but the Vikings’ defense wasn’t able to get outs when it needed them, giving up six runs in the first inning and seven in the second to dig too big a hole to climb out of.
“We didn’t make the routine plays that we needed to get out of innings,” Miami East softball coach Brian Kadel said. “But after not playing very well defensively in that first game and then coming back and playing so well in the second game, that was big. The girls responded well to the adversity. We played really good defense behind (Pettit).”
Pettit pitched a complete game in the second game, striking out only one and giving up five hits.
Pettit also doubled in the game, Olivia Edgell tripled, Gearhart doubled and Megan Caudill, Rian Kingrey and Amy Hahn all went 2 for 4.
Miami East opens Cross County Conference play Tuesday against rival Newton.
Bethel 12, Northridge 2;
Bethel 13, Northridge 1
BRANDT — The Bethel Bees swept a doubleheader against Northridge Saturday, not committing any errors in either game on defense and coasting to 12-2 and 13-1 victories, both in five innings.
Lindsey Nesbitt struck out three, walked none and scattered four hits to win the first game, while Brianna Anthony struck out four, walked one and gave up four hits to win the second.
“We played both games today without an error, and that makes a big difference,” Bethel coach Dennis Lawson said.
Anthony had three hits and a double in the first game, Caroline Lawson and Katie Laycock each had two hits and Emily Bush doubled to lead the Bethel offense. And in the second game, the Bees cashed in on a number of walks and Northridge errors, scoring their 13 runs on only seven hits.