BRANDT — The Bethel Bees opened the season with an offensive display Monday and Tuesday, routing Xenia Christian 20-0 at Athletes in Action Field and then returning home to blast Houston 14-0 Tuesday.
Against Xenia Christian, Jimmy Pelphrey — who also threw a one-hit shutout on the mound — was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, Nate Reese was 3 for 5 with four RBIs, Jordan Elam was 2 for 4 with three RBIs, Alex Wilson was 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs, Zach Baughman was 2 for 4 with a double, Tyler Brookhart was 3 for 5 with two RBIs and Cohee doubled.
On Tuesday, Elam was in control from the start, striking out the first 10 hitters he faced on his way to 14 strikeouts in five innings. He gave up only one hit, as well.
Pelphrey was 3 for 4 with two doubles and four RBIs, Baughman was 2 for 3 with a double, Elam doubled, Reese was 2 for 3, Brandon Nesbtt had three RBIs and Brookhart had two RBIs.
“Jordan was dominant the whole game,” Bethel baseball coach Brett Brookhart said of Elam’s pitching performance Tuesday. “And on a windy day, we just executed. We hit the ball well, we ran the bases well, we got sacrifices down and put pressure on their defense.”
Bethel hosts Cedarville today.
Henry Clay 2, Troy 1;
Dunbar (KY) 7, Troy 1
The Troy Trojans dropped their first two games of the season, falling 2-1 to Henry Clay Sunday and 7-1 to Paul Laurence Dunbar (KY) on Monday.
Zach Kendall threw the first five innings for Troy against Henry Clay, with Ryan Lavy finishing off the game and getting the loss. Alec Demore was the only Trojan with multiple hits, going 2 for 4 as Troy outhit the opposition 6-4.
Baserunning mistakes erased a lot of Troy’s chances, though, as Henry Clay took the lead with a run in the third and held on until the Trojans finally tied the score with a run in the top of the seventh. Henry Clay plated the winning run in the bottom of the inning, though.
“We got five baserunners thrown out on the basepaths,” Troy baseball coach Ty Welker said. “We pitched well, we outhit them, and we battled back in the seventh inning. We just can’t walk home the winning run with two outs in the seventh.”
Lehman 4, Newton 1;
Newton 3, Greenon 1
PLEASANT HILL — The Newton Indians opened the season on Monday by facing one of the toughest teams in the area, and while they held their own, the Lehman Cavaliers scored two early runs and grabbed a 4-1 victory at Newton.
On Tuesday, though, the Cody Alexander won a pitcher’s duel against Greenon, only allowing one run on four hits in a 3-1 Newton (1-1) victory.
Tyler Denlinger hit a two-out, two run single in the bottom of the fourth inning to put Newton up 3-0, and Alexander did the rest. He struck out eight and walked only one in the complete-game win — and he got lots of help from his outfield on a very windy day.
“The wind was unbelievable today,” Newton coach Nathan Kopp said. “Logan Welbaum, Denlinger and Brian Delcamp tracked down everything that was hit their way — and believe me, that was no easy task today.”
Cole Proffitt got the win for the Cavs (1-0), while Reid Ferrell took the loss for Newton against Lehman, giving up four hits and one earned run in five innings of work.
Newton travels to Tri-Village Thursday.
Greenon 7, TC 3;
TC 8, EC 6
SPRINGFIELD — After a season-opening loss on Monday and during a back-and-forth battle with Metro Buckeye Conference foe Emmanuel Christian on Tuesday, Troy Christian needed a boost.
Sophomore Braden Roberts did just that.
Roberts struck out seven in three innings of work to earn his first varsity victory and close out Tuesday’s game at Emmanue Christian, and the Eagles (1-1, 1-0 MBC) broke a 6-6 tie in the top of the seventh to claim an 8-6 victory.
“We’d had some struggles earlier in the game,” Troy Christian coach Bill Campbell said. “Our starter went three innings, I brought a kid in the fourth that gave up three runs. I brought Roberts in in the fifth — a sophomore that had never pitched on varsity — and he struck out seven, walked one and gave up one hit.
“I never saw that coming. That was not even on my radar. But it was a very welcome shot in the arm to get him to close that game out.”
Kevin Ward led the offense by going 2 for 4 with a triple and Seth Douglas doubled in the game.
On Monday, the Troy Christian Eagles got a solid pitching performance out of sophomore Jacob Williams, but four errors proved costly in a 7-3 loss on the road.
Williams threw five innings in his first varsity start and gave up three unearned runs. Freshman Cameron Davies also tripled in his first varsity at-bat in the seventh inning.
Troy Christian remains on the road, taking on Xenia Christian Thursday.
TC North 8, MU 5
LEWISBURG — Tri-County North plated six runs in the sixth inning Tuesday, erasing a three-run Milton-Union lead and handing the Bulldogs an 8-5 loss in non-league play on the road.
Sam Morgan and Shayne Staas were both 2 for 4 to lead Milton-Union offensively as the Bulldogs outhit the Panthers 10-9 in the game. Sophomore Jake Roberts took the loss on the mound.
Milton-Union (0-1) hosts Madison today.