Stocker’s slam propels Devils to big win

By Joshua Brown

May 9, 2014

Staff Reports

BELLEFONTAINE — Kaitlyn Stocker’s first home run of the year came on Wednesday, a few short games before the end of the regular season.

She didn’t wait nearly as long to hit her second, blasting a grand slam as Tippecanoe (15-10) knocked off Bellefontaine 16-7 on the road Friday in a preview of Tuesday’s sectional tournament first-round matchup.

“It was a no-doubter,” Tippecanoe coach Clay Lavercombe said of Stocker’s grand slam. “She hit to to about the same spot she hit the one at Troy. She rocked it.

“We moved her down to the sixth spot in the lineup recently. She’s been seeing a lot better pitches, and she’s made the most of them.”

Bri Eichbaum singled, doubled and tripled in the game, Megan Rittenhouse had three hits with a double and three RBIs and Cassie Gingerich had four hits as the Red Devils piled up 17 hits as a team in support of Rittenhouse, who struck out four and gave up seven hits to get the win on the mound. All seven runs Bellefontaine scored were unearned, though, as the Devils committed five errors.

“We played well, but we need that defense to tighten up, especially on Tuesday,” Lavercombe said. “You can’t give up seven unearned runs and expect to win every day. Luckily, our bats were out today.”

Tippecanoe hosts Bellefontaine Tuesday to open sectional play.

Troy 4, Fairborn 3

TROY — After Fairborn plated three runs in the top of the third to take a two-run lead, the Troy Trojans (9-13) answered right back with three of their own in the bottom of the fourth and held on from there for a 4-3 victory Friday at Market Street Diamond.

“It was awesome,” Troy coach Megan Campbell said. “We’d left so many girls on base in the first three innings. That’s something we’ve struggled with all season. But the girls came through.”

Victoria Adams doubled to lead off the fourth, then Maggie McClurg had one of her two hits. Alex Wilt and Mackenzie Vernon each hit sac flies that drove in runs, then Rainey Rohlfs, who was 2 for 2 with two runs, hit a single up the middle that Fairborn’s center fielder misplayed — and Rohlfs cruised all the way around the bases to score the eventual winning run.

Vernon got the win on the mound, as well, getting out of a jam in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third.

“They had second and third with no one out, and Mackenzie pitched her way out of it,” Campbell said. “She got them to hit a couple of grounders to the side of the field we wanted them to, then she got a flyout to Alex Wilt in center to end it. It really showed maturity to be able to keep her composure and get out of that.”

Troy travels to Covington today for a regular season-ending doubleheader.

ME 10, TV South 0

CASSTOWN — The Miami East Vikings quickly finished off Twin Valley South Friday in the completion of a suspended game, winning 10-0 in five innings.

The Vikings (9-13, 5-7 Cross County Conference) already led 5-0 entering Friday, where play resumed in the top of the third inning. Sam Denlinger had pitched the first two innings, and Meagan Pettit pitched Friday’s final three for the win, the two combining to scatter six hits. The Vikings also had six hits — but drew five walks and made the most of them.

“It was a good night,” Miami East coach Brian Kadel said. “We did a good job of being patient at the plate. We may not have had a lot of hits, but we took advantage of some things they gave us and made some good baserunning plays.”

Miami East hosts Graham in a doubleheader today to close out the regular season.

• Baseball

TC 7, Fairlawn 0

FAIRLAWN — Troy Christian’s young arms took care of business Friday as freshmen Jacob Brown and Sam Kirkpatrick combined on a one-hitter and the Eagles (10-11) won their sixth straight with a 7-0 shutout at Fairlawn.

Brown went the first four innings, giving up one hit to earn the win, and Kirkpatrick struck out five in the final three innings to close it out.

“I don’t think Sam’s given up a run in his last three outings. This is the third time he’s come in and shut the door,” Troy Christian coach Bill Campbell said. “Our future is bright. We’re young, but we’ve got some talent there.”

Cameron Davee doubled and Spencer Thomas was 2 for 2 with an RBI to lead the Eagles, who finish the regular season at home with a doubleheader against Ponitz today.

ME 10, TVS 9 (10)

CASSTOWN — Brandon Force got the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning Friday night, driving in Alex Brewer from second base to give Miami East a 10-9 walkoff victory over Twin Valley South in the completion of a suspended game.

Brewer was also the winning pitcher, throwing the final four innings after Brandon Kirk went the first six.

Miami East hosts Graham in a doubleheader today.

• Tennis

Tipp 3, Tecumseh 2

TIPP CITY — It may be a regular occurrence.

But it never gets old to the Tippecanoe tennis team.

The Red Devils put the finishing touches on another strong regular season by closing out their fifth consecutive Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division championship Thursday, holding off rival Tecumseh in a narrow 3-2 victory.

At first singles, Michael Keller won 6-3, 6-0. At second singles, Jacob Belcher won 6-0, 6-1. At third singles, Joe Keller won 6-1, 6-0.

At first doubles, Phillip Bullard and Joey Flora lost 7-5, 7-6. At second doubles, Michael Gross and Calvin Kramer lost 6-1, 6-0.

The Red Devils finished the regular season undefeated in the CBC at 8-0 and 13-3 overall to go along with a second-place finish at the preseason CBC tournament and a third-place finish at the Schroeder Invitational. Tippecanoe will begin play at the Division I sectional tournament on Wednesday, where Michael Keller and Belcher are the top-seeded doubles team.

Centerville 3,

Troy 2

TROY — The Troy Trojans finished the regular season with another tough matchup in preparation for the weekend’s Greater Western Ohio Conference tournament and next week’s sectional, falling 3-2 to visiting Centerville to finish with a 15-4 record overall.

At first singles, Luke Oaks defeated Tyler Smith 6-2, 6-2. And at third singles, Matt Schmitt defeated Brandon Valley 7-5, 6-3.

At second singles, Connor Oaks lost to Connor Poe 6-1, 6-0. At first doubles, Matt Alexander and Ian Stutz lost to Nikhil Reddy and Guy Kaskocsak 2-6, 6-4, 6-0. At second doubles, Aaron Coon and Carter Hench lost to Tanner Daskalakis and Neil Dey 6-2, 6-1.

Troy plays in the GWOC gold flight tournament today at Centerville.

• Track and Field

Bethel’s Ellerbrock

Breaks Record

YELLOW SPRINGS — Maddie Ellerbrock broke the Bethel High School record in the 400 Friday night at the Yellow Springs Invitational, running a time of 59.86 seconds.

Ellerbrock also won the triple jump (33-7).

Editor’s note: the meet was not complete at time of press. For more of Friday’s late track results, look in Sunday’s Troy Daily News.