By Joshua Brown
April 10, 2014
CAMDEN/DAYTON —The Milton-Union Bulldogs won their first two games of the season on Wednesday and Thursday, beating Dixie and Preble Shawnee by matching 11-1 scores.
Playing Wednesday night under the lights at Fifth Third Field — the home of the Minor League Dayton Dragons — the Bulldogs had their best performance of the season.
Chris Heisey threw a three-hitter and Adam Gunston provided the offensive punch by driving in five runs, helping the Bulldogs capture their first victory of the season in impressive fashion, 11-1 in five innings against Dixie.
Heisey struck out nine in a complete-game effort,and Gunston was 2 for 3 with two triples and five RBIs to lead the Bulldogs. Shayne Stass added two hits and Jake Roberts tripled as Milton-Union scored in all four innings that it batted in.
And on Thursday at Preble Shawnee, Milton-Union (2-3, 2-2 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) plated seven runs in the first inning and never looked back. Gunston and Heisey were each 2 for 3 in the game, and Staas picked up the win on the mound.
Tipp 8, BL 7
TIPP CITY — B.J. Donathan’s sac fly with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be a walkoff winner for Tippecanoe, snapping a tie score as the Red Devils grabbed an 8-7 victory over Ben Logan in a six-inning game that was called due to darkness.
Bradley Calhoun, who also was the winning pitcher, was 3 for 3 with two doubles in the game, while Cameron Johnson was 2 for 3 and scored the winning run.
“We’re still trying to find our identity, struggling to find who we are,” Tippecanoe coach Bruce Cahill said. “Eventually, we’ll get there.”
Tippecanoe (6-1) travels to Kenton Ridge today for a makeup game.
Newton 4, NT 0
PLEASANT HILL — The day after pitching two innings to earn a save, Cody Alexander threw a four-hit shutout for Newton, striking out nine Thursday in a 4-0 victory over Cross County Conference foe National Trail.
Tyler Filbrun was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI and Rhett Gipe was 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Indians, who improved to 4-2 and 1-1 in the CCC.
Newton travels to Tri-County North today.
ME 21, TV 0
NEW MADISON — The Miami East Vikings improved to 2-0 and won their second straight Cross County Conference game to start the season, defeating the overmatched Tri-Village Patriots 21-0.
Brandon Kirk was the winning pitcher, striking out three, and he was also 5 for 5 with a double. Damien Mackesy was 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs and Alex Brewer was 2 for 4 with a double and a homer.
The Vikings host Ansonia today.
M-U 5, Minster 4
WEST MILTON — The Milton-Union Bulldogs remained undefeated, winning a nailbiter Thursday against Minster, 5-4.
Claire Fetters got the win, striking out six and walking two in four innings of work, and Ashley Smith got the save by recording a strikeout with the potential tying and winning runs on base in the seventh to close it out.
Ashley Smith was 3 for 3 with a double, Chloe Smith was 2 for 3 with a double, Christine Heisey was 2 for 4, Fetters was 2 for 3 and Anna Wilson had two RBIs for the Bulldogs, who host Waynesville today in a key Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division contest.
Tipp 9, BL 3
TIPP CITY — After committing four errors — three on one play — and giving up a pair of unearned runs in the first inning Thursday, the Tippecanoe Red Devils bounced back by breaking out the bats as every player got a hit in a 9-3 victory over Ben Logan.
Bri Eichbaum got the win, striking out nine in the game. Tippecanoe travels to Cincinnati to face Loveland and Sycamore on Saturday.
Covington 8, Ansonia 4
ANSONIA — Morgan Arbogast was unstoppable on the mound and at the plate Thursday, leading Covington (5-1) to an 8-4 Cross County Conference win at Ansonia.
Arbogast — who improved to 5-0 on the season — struck out eight, walked three and gave up four hits to earn the win in addition to going 2 for 4 with two doubles at the plate. Brooke Gostomsky was 2 for 2 with two doubles and two RBIs, Erin Olson tripled, Tara Schaeffer was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Haley Adams and Morgan McReynolds were both 2 for 4.
Newton 18, NT 2
PLEASANT HILL — Laura Oaks led a relentless Indian assault Thursday as Newton routed Cross County Conference foe National Trail, 18-2.
Oaks homered and hit two doubles to lead the way, Megan Rutledge tripled, Rose Studebaker was 2 for 3 and Madison Mollette was 2 for 4 for the Indians. Erin Hixon got the win on the mound, striking out two in three innings of work.
TV 10, ME 7
NEW MADISON — Four errors and two big innings for Tri-Village proved costly for Miami East in a 10-7 loss on the road Thursday.
Ellie Gearhart was 2 for 4 with a triple and three RBIs, Taylor Miller was 2 for 4 with a triple and Megan Caudill, Olivia Edgell and Rian Kingrey all went 2 for 4 for the Vikings, who simply could not keep the Patriots from scoring early, giving up three runs in both the third and fourth innings.
TV South 3
BRADFORD — The Bradford Railroaders kicked off Cross County Conference play Wednesday with an 18-3 victory over Twin Valley South. Haley Patty, who got the win on the mound, striking out seven in a one-hitter, was 4 for 5 at the plate, while Brooke Dunlevy and Michayla Barga were both 2 for 4. Brooke Brower added three RBIs and Mindy Brewer had two RBIs.
Troy 5, Fairborn 0
TROY — The Troy tennis team improved to 4-0 on the season, sweeping Fairborn 5-0 Thursday.
At first singles, Luke Oaks won 6-1, 6-1. At second singles, Connor Oaks won 6-4, 6-0. At third singles, Matt Schmitt won 6-2, 6-0.
At first doubles, Jack Johnston and Ian Stutz won 6-1, 6-0. At second doubles, Aaron Coon and Carter Hench won 6-1, 6-0.
M-U 5, Northridge 0
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union continued to punish its opponents Thursday, sweeping Northridge 5-0.
At first singles, Matt Brumbaugh won 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Phillip Brumbaugh won 6-0, 6-2. At third singles, Mitch Gooslin won 6-1, 6-1.
At first doubles, Kenton Dickison and Jack Blevins won 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Luke Ferguson and Logan Dickison won 6-0, 6-0.
Tipp 4, Stebbins 1
RIVERSIDE — The Tippecanoe Red Devils won all three singles matches without giving up a game, coasting past Stebbins 4-1 Thursday.
At first singles, Michael Keller won 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Jacob Belcher won 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Joe Keller won 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Eric Staley and Joey Flora won 6-7, 6-4, 11-9. Tipp’s lone loss came at first doubles, where Phil Bullard and Mike Gross lost 6-1, 6-2.
Tippecanoe and Milton-Union will both compete in the Schroeder Invitational Saturday at 2 p.m.