League showdowns: area teams get big Ws

By Joshua Brown

April 16, 2014

Staff Reports

SIDNEY — After a disappointing loss on Monday at home, the Troy Trojans came up big when they needed to Wednesday at Sidney.

Alex Magoteaux scored the eventual winning run on an error in the top of the sixth inning, and Zach Kendall pitched a complete game, working his way out of tough spots in both the sixth and seventh innings to preserve a 3-2 victory at Sidney in Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division play to salvage a split of the series.

Kendall struck out nine, walked three and gave up five hits in the game to get the win. In the sixth inning, Sidney put runners on second and third with no one out, but Kendall got a short flyout to Trenton Wood in right that couldn’t get the tying run in, then Kendall struck out the next hitter and got another flyout to get out of the inning. And in the seventh, Sidney put runners on first and second with one out, but a strikeout and a wild pitch on a bunt attempt put runners on second and third with two outs.

“That brought up (Connor) Echols, their best hitter,” Troy baseball coach Ty Welker said. “He hit a ball to left that probably would have been to the fence had the wind not been blowing in. But the wind knocked it down, and (Collin) Moeller made an easy catch for the last out.

“It was a very exciting game. Sidney battled, but we really competed hard the whole game. And Zach, through the wind and the cold and in some really tough situations, he battled hard.”

Kevin McGraw doubled and drove in a run for Troy and Magoteaux was 1 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored, coming around to score from second base on an error by Sidney’s third baseman in the top of the sixth that made the score 3-2 — where it stayed.

Troy hosts Oakwood today and West Carrollton Friday.

Bethel 6, ME 3

CASSTOWN — The Bethel Bees plated four runs in the bottom of the first inning to take control against Cross County Conference rival Miami East Wednesday, and Jimmy Pelphrey did the rest by pitching a complete game as the Bees (7-2, 3-0 CCC) knocked off the defending league champion Vikings (4-1, 2-1 CCC) 6-3 Wednesday in a game played at Miami East.

Pelphrey walked five and gave up eight hits but struck out 11 to get the win, and he was also 2 for 3 at the plate. Brandon Nesbitt was 3 for 4, Nate Reese was 2 for 3 and Jordan Elam doubled as Bethel built a 6-1 lead after three innings and held on.

“This was a huge league game and a great league win for us, especially having to go over there and play at their home field since ours was unplayable,” Bethel coach Brett Brookhart said. “Jimmy didn’t have his best stuff, but he battled and got out of jams. And offensively, the key was that we executed and hit in the first inning and put the pressure on them.”

Brandon Kirk was 3 for 4 with a double and Evan Bowling was 2 for 4 for Miami East.

Tipp 7, KR 2

SPRINGFIELD — Justyn Eichbaum and Bradley Calhoun drove in five of Tippecanoe’s runs Wednesday night, and Calhoun threw one pitch for two outs upon entering in the fifth inning to put himself in line for the win as the Red Devils (10-1, 4-0 Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division) finished off a sweep of Kenton Ridge with a 7-2 victory in a makeup game.

Calhoun entered the game in relief of Austin Clack with one out in the bottom of the fifth and runners on first and second with Tipp trailing 2-1, and his first pitch turned into a double play to get the Devils out of the inning. Three runs in each the sixth and seventh innings later, Calhoun was celebrating his fourth win of the season.

“He seems to be our good luck charm right now,” Tippecanoe coach Bruce Cahill said with a chuckle. “We were down when he came in, he throws one pitch and gets a double play to get us out of a jam, and then we come back with three in the sixth to take the lead.”

Eichbaum, who went 2 for 4 and had driven in Tipp’s first run of the game that made the score 2-1 Kenton Ridge, drove in a pair in the sixth inning, and Calhoun drove in the other to make it a 4-2 game. Calhoun got another RBI in the seventh as Tippecanoe put it away.

B.J. Donathan continued his hot streak by going 2 for 3 in the game, making him 11 for his last 13, and Ben Hughes was 2 for 4.

Tippecanoe travels to Graham today and hosts Stebbins in another makeup on Friday.

M-U 5, Carlisle 2

WEST MILTON — Matt Bracci clubbed a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to set the tone Wednesday, and Chris Heisey scattered eight hits in a complete game as Milton-Union (4-6, 3-4 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) handed Carlisle its first loss in division play with a 5-2 victory.

Nick Hussong added an RBI double for the Bulldogs, who took a 4-0 lead after two innings and never looked back.

Milton-Union hosts Preble Shawnee today.

• Softball

M-U 13, Carlisle 12

WEST MILTON — After Carlisle capitalized on a string of errors and scored 11 runs in the fifth inning — 10 with two outs — Milton-Union softball coach Curt Schaefer was honest with his Bulldogs.

“I told the girls that it’s their league to win, and that if they want it, someone was going to have to step up and start hitting the ball,” he said.

And that’s exactly what they did, scoring five in the bottom of the sixth and four in the bottom of the seventh to erase an 11-4 deficit and win in walkoff fashion, 13-12 to stay perfect in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play at 6-0, 10-0 overall.

“This just shows that the girls will do anything to win, even when they’re having a bad game,” Schaefer said. “Especially when you’re having a bad game, the good teams find a way to win.”

Anna Wilson entered in relief of Claire Fetters in the fifth inning and got the win on the mound, and she was also 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Ashley Smith doubled, homered and had five RBIs, Chloe Smith drove in three runs, Olivia Setser was 2 for 4 with a double and Christine Heisey doubled. But it was Katie Courtright beating out an infield single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning that scored the game-winning run.

Milton-Union hosts Preble Shawnee today, the only Buckeye Division team they haven’t played yet.

KR 3, Tipp 2

SPRINGFIELD — Kenton Ridge (9-1, 4-1 Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division) got a measure of revenge against Tippecanoe following last week’s 10-9 Red Devil win, with the Cougars scoring a pair in the bottom of the seventh to steal a 3-2 victory Wednesday in a makeup game.

Ashley Bruce broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning for Tippecanoe (6-4, 3-1), then after Kenton Ridge tied the score in the bottom of the inning, the Devils retook the lead in the top of the seventh. But they simply couldn’t hold the Cougars in check, and Kenton Ridge rallied for the win.

“It was a great game. We played great defense behind (Bri) Eichbaum,” Tippecanoe coach Clay Lavercombe said. “Unfortunately, we just didn’t get the win. But I was proud of the girls. They played well.”

Tippecanoe travels to Graham today.

Covington 7, FM 2

PITSBURG — Morgan Arbogast improved to 7-0 on the mound and was 4 for 4 with a double, a triple and four RBIs to lead Covington (8-1) to a 7-2 Cross County Conference victory at Franklin Monroe Wednesday.

Jessica Dammeyer was 2 for 3 with a triple, Morgan McReynolds was 3 for 4 with an RBI and Brooke Gostomsky was 1 for 2 with an RBI in the win for the Buccaneers.

• Tennis

Troy 3, CJ 2

TROY — Troy improved to 6-0 on the season, defeating Chaminade Julienne 3-2 Wednesday.

At first singles, Luke Oaks won 6-1, 6-0. At third singles, Matt Schmitt won 6-2, 6-1, and to seal up the match, Matt Alexander and Ian Stutz won at first doubles 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

At second singles, Connor Oaks lost 6-2, 6-0, and at second doubles, Aaron Coon and Jack Johnston lost 7-5, 6-3.

Troy hosts Butler today in a key divisional matchup.

M-U 4, Greenville 1

GREENVILLE — The Milton-Union Bulldogs kept rolling Wednesday, knocking off Greenville 4-1 in non-league play.

At first singles, Matt Brumbaugh won 6-1, 6-3. At second singles, Phillip Brumbaugh won 6-0, 6-2. At first doubles, Kenton Dickison and Jack Blevins won 6-0, 6-1. At second doubles, Luke Ferguson and Logan Dickison won 6-4, 6-1.

Milton-Union’s only loss came at third singles, where Mitch Gooslin was defeated 6-1, 6-1.

Milton-Union travels to Madison today.

Oakwood 4, Tipp 1

OAKWOOD — Facing its second tough matchup in as many days, the Tippecanoe Red Devils fell to 2-2 on the season with a 4-1 loss at perrenial powerhouse Oakwood Wednesday.

Tipp’s lone win came at third singles, where Joe Keller won 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

At first singles, Michael Keller lost 6-7, 7-5, 6-2. At second singles, Jacob Belcher lost 7-5, 1-6, 7-5. At first doubles, Phillip Bullard and Michael Gross lost 6-0, 6-1. At second doubles, Eric Staley and Joey Flora lost 6-1, 6-1.

Tippecanoe hosts Bellefontaine today.