By Joshua Brown
May 1, 2014
ENON — A pair of Red Devils got their first varsity hits Thursday — and one of them threw a shutout in addition to that — as Tippecanoe (16-3, 10-0 Central Buckeye Conference) blanked Greenon 5-0 on the road.
Nathan Shirley, a JV call-up, was 1 for 1 with a single, walk and sacrifice, while freshman Aaron Hughes — who gave up two hits in six innings of work — doubled for his first hit.
“We called Nathan up, a sophomore who’s been hitting the ball real well at the JV level, and he didn’t waste any time,” Tippecanoe baseball coach Bruce Cahill said. “He ripped the first pitch he saw for his first varsity hit. He’s a left-handed bat, and we’re going to need that for the rest of the year.”
Cameron Johnson was 2 for 4 with a double, Evan Gilliam was 2 for 2 and B.J. Donathan doubled as the Devils piled up 10 hits in the game.
Tippecanoe travels to Bellefontaine today with a chance to clinch the division title outright, then they travel to Troy for a doubleheader Saturday.
Bethel 5, FM 1
BRANDT — Bethel’s Jimmy Pelphrey took a no-hitter into the sixth but settled for a two-hitter, striking out six in a 5-1 victory over Franklin Monroe in Cross County Conference play Thursday.
Brandon Nesbitt had a two-run single in a four-run fourth inning for the Bees (11-5, 5-3), who scored their runs on only four hits.
“We hadn’t played since Friday, so we were a little rusty Friday. Our timing was thrown off a bit,” Bethel coach Brett Brookhart said. “But the defense was sharp and played really well behind Jimmy. We were just glad to get back at it.”
Bethel hosts Brookville Monday.
Northridge 15, M-U 5
WEST MILTON —A six-run fourth inning by Northridge doomed Milton-Union Thursday in a 15-5 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division loss.
Sam Morgan was 2 for 3 and Alex Baker was 2 for 4 for the Bulldogs (7-12, 5-7 SWBL Buckeye), who host Franklin Monroe in a doubleheader on Saturday.
DC 5, TC 0
TROY — Troy Christian needed a win Thursday against Dayton Christian to stay in line for a share of the Metro Buckeye Conference title, but the Eagles could only manage four hits against the Warriors’ ace in a 5-0 loss.
“They say that baseball games always come down to three plays to win it. And we’re just not making those plays right now,” Troy Christian coach Bill Campbell said. “But we’re battling. This was basically for the league title, but they’re a good team and their pitcher is definitely the player of the year.”
Troy Christian face Russia today.
Tipp 13, Greenon 5
ENON — During last year’s season-ending five-game slide, Tippecanoe dropped a tough game to Greenon at home.
This year, the Red Devils remembered. And did something about it.
Tippecanoe (11-6, 8-3 Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division) won its second straight, pounding out 23 hits and hammering Greenon on the road 13-5 as it heads into the final stretch of the season.
“Greenon beat us last year at home, so we wanted this one,” Tippecanoe softball coach Clay Lavercombe said. “We crushed the ball today. Twenty-three hits. You can’t argue with that.
“We’re looking to get going uphill now and peak at the right time.”
Lauren Goodall went 5 for 5 with three doubles in the game, Ali Muse and Stephanie Kraska were both 2 for 5 with a home run, Megan Rittenhouse was 4 for 4, Cassie Gingerich was 3 for 5, Bri Eichbaum was 2 for 4 with a stolen base, Ashley Bruce was 2 for 2 and Rachel Rusk and Ashley Shepherd each had a hit and a stolen base.
Rittenhouse also got the win on the mound, striking out four, walking one and giving up 10 hits.
Tippecanoe plays at the Gahanna Classic in Columbus this weekend, facing Logan Elm today and Brunswick and Columbus DeSales Saturday.
Newton 3, TV 2 (9)
PLEASANT HILL — Newton (9-12, 6-3 Cross County Conference) finally got the defensive effort it’s been needing, and Megan Rutledge hit a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Indians a 3-2 victory over Tri-Village Thursday.
Madison Mollette was 3 for 5, Rose Studebaker was 2 for 4 and scored the game-winning run, Riley Schauer doubled and Laura Burden — who got the win in relief, pitching 5 2-3 innings with five strikeouts — was 3 for 4 with two doubles.
“This was a good defensive game, back and forth both ways,” Newton coach Kirk Kadel said. “Both teams left plenty of runners on base, but we finally got one in the end when it really counted.”
Newton hosts Bethel Tuesday.
M-U 10, Northridge 0
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union snapped its four-game skid Thursday, run-ruling Northridge 10-0 in five innings in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
Anna Wilson was 3 for 3, Jessica Bowman was 2 for 3 and Chloe Smith doubled for the Bulldogs (13-7, 9-2 SWBL Buckeye), who won for only the second time in their last nine games after starting the season 11-0. CSmith was also the winning pitcher, striking out five, walking none and giving up one hit.
“We played like we did when we were on our winning streak,” Milton-Union coach Curt Schaefer said. “We did everything the way we are supposed to. I think everyone put it back together and we’re ready to make a strong run at the end of the season.”
Milton-Union faces Covington Tuesday.
COVINGTON — Covington’s Morgan Arbogast tossed a two-hitter Thursday against Bradford, striking out six and leading the Buccaneers to an 8-1 win over Bradford in Cross County Conference play.
Brooke Gostomsky was 3 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs to lead the Bucc offense, Arianna Richards had a double and two RBIs and Morgan McReynolds was 2 for 3.
Arcanum 7, ME 1
CASSTOWN — Miami East’s Meagan Pettit did what she could to help her own cause at the plate, but Arcanum pounded out 11 hits en route to a 7-1 victory over the Vikings Thursday.
Pettit was 3 for 3 with two doubles for the Vikings, but she also took the loss on the mound thanks to a series of unearned runs early.
“We gave them three unearned runs in the first, one more in the second and one more in the third,” Miami East coach Brian Kadel said. “We’ve got to find ways to play better defense and do it for all seven (innings).”
Miami East travels to Bradford today.
Tipp 3, Shawnee 2
SPRINGFIELD — The Tippecanoe Red Devils kept their perfect Central Buckeye Conference record intact Thursday, holding off rival Springfield Shawnee 3-2.
At second singles, Jacob Belcher won 6-1, 6-1. At third singles, Joe Keller won 6-1, 6-0. And at first doubles, Phillip Bullard and Michael Gross decided the match with a three-set victory, 6-0, 0-6, 7-5.
At first singles, Michael Keller lost 6-2, 6-2. At second doubles, Eric Staley and Joey Flora lost 6-2, 6-3.
Tippecanoe (9-2, 6-0 CBC Kenton Trail Division) hosts Springboro today.
BEAVERCREEK — Troy’s Luke and Connor Oaks picked up victories against a tough Beavercreek team Thursday, but the Beavers were able to hold on for a 3-2 victory.
At first singles, Luke Oaks defeated Trent Hayden 6-2, 6-3, and at second singles, Connor Oaks defeated Dameunick Henry 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
“Luke played one of the top players in the area and had a nice win,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said. “Connor played one of his better matches and pulled out a three-set victory. The team had a good effort but just came up short.”
At third singles, Matt Schmitt lost 5-7, 6-0, 6-2. At first doubles, Matt Alexander and Ian Stutz lost 6-2, 6-2. At second doubles, Aaron Coon and Carter Hench lost 6-0, 5-7, 6-3.
Troy (13-2) travels to Greenville today.
Seven Hills 4, M-U 1;
M-U 3, Bellbrook 2
CINCINNATI —The Milton-Union Bulldogs’ winning streak finally came to an end Wednesday night in the first round of the state team tournament with a 4-1 loss at Cincinnati Seven Hills.
At first singles, Matt Brumbaugh won an injury-shortened match 3-0, ret. At second singles, Phillip Brumbaugh lost 6-2, 6-0. At third singles, Jake Blevins lost 6-1, 6-0. At first doubles, Kenton Dickison and Jack Blevins lost 6-7 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (4). At second doubles, Luke Ferguson and Logan Dickison lost 6-4, 6-0.
But on Thursday, the Bulldogs bounced back by knocking off one of the best teams in the area this season, edging Bellbrook 3-2 to improve to 14-1 on the year.
At first singles, Matt Brumbaugh won 6-1, 6-2. At second singles, Phillip Brumbaugh won 6-2, 6-3. And at first doubles, Kenton Dickison and Jack Blevins won 6-1, 6-1.
At third singles, Jake Blevins lost 7-5, 6-2. At second doubles, Luke Ferguson and Logan Dickison lost 6-2, 6-1.
DAYTON — Lehman evened up its record at 7-7 Thursday, defeating Northridge 5-0 on the road.
At first singles, Sam Dean won 6-1, 6-1. At second singles, Josh West won 6-0, 6-1. At third singles, Peter Comer won 6-0, 6-0.
At first doubles, Mitchell Shroyer and Noah Dunn won 6-1, 6-1. At second doubles, Thomas Covault and Kevin McElroy won 6-2, 6-1.