TROY — After a lack of action thanks to the weather, Troy Christian made up for it Thursday with some perfection.
Jacob Williams — who had been sitting out with an injury since the first game of the year — returned in stellar fashion, throwing a perfect game against Emmanuel Christian as the Eagles (3-3, 3-0 Metro Buckeye Conference) put away a 12-0 win in five innings.
Williams struck out four in the game, walked none, gave up no hits and the Troy Christian defense was flawless behind him.
“He did a really good job, especially after being off for a while,” Troy Christian baseball coach Bill Campbell said. “We were a little worried. He’d worked out a couple of times and kind of re-aggravated the injury a bit, but he came back on Monday — and we’d all been off for a week thanks to the weather. But he had great control today, and we played great defense behind him even after sitting idle for a week.”
Spencer Thomas was 2 for 3 with a triple and three RBIs, Seth Douglas was 2 for 2 with a triple and two RBIs, Jordan Sloan was 2 for 2 with a triple and Jacob Calvert doubled.
Troy Christian travels to Bradford Saturday for a doubleheader.
Troy 4, Oakwood 2
TROY — Typically, Troy coach Ty Welker doesn’t have his pitchers hit for themselves during games.
With the way Trenton Wood has been hitting, though, he made an exception — that paid off — on Thursday as Wood drove in a run and pitched a complete game in a 4-2 victory over Oakwood at Market Street Field.
“It was Wood’s first day in the four-hole for us. Normally I don’t like to have pitchers hit for themselves when they’re throwing, but he’s swinging the bat as good as anyone right now,” Welker said. “So we moved him up in the order, and he started us off with an RBI in the first to get us going.”
Wood was 2 for 3 with an RBI single, and on the mound he struck out seven, walked one and gave up three hits to get the win. Greg Johnson came up with the clutch hit on the day in the second inning, driving in two with a two-out, bases-loaded single to make it a 3-0 game. Oakwood closed to within 3-2, but an RBI triple by Ryan Lavy in the sixth put the game away.
Troy (5-5) hosts West Carrollton today in a makeup game.
Tipp 10, Graham 0
ST. PARIS — Cameron Johnson had another monster day at the plate, Logan Dawes tossed a two-hitter and Tippecanoe (11-1) routed Graham 10-0 Thursday.
Johnson was 4 for 4 with a double, a three-run home run and a total of six RBIs to lead the way for the Red Devils.
“Cameron’s just been on fire,” Tippecanoe coach Bruce Cahill said. “And he’s playing great defense, too. Cameron’s always been a really solid player for us, but he’s hitting the ball better than I’ve ever seen him right now.”
Bradley Calhoun was also 3 for 3 with a double, Zack Blair was 2 for 4 and Evan Gilliam was 2 for 3. Dawes struck out two and walked two, and the defense turned a pair of double plays behind him.
Tippecanoe hosts Stebbins at 3 p.m. today in a makeup game.
ME 13, Covington 3
CASSTOWN — Miami East (5-1, 3-1 Cross County Conference) bounced back from its first conference loss the previous day, taking charge early and defeating Covington 13-3.
Brandon Kirk was the winning pitcher, striking out four, walking four and giving up seven hits — and he was also 2 for 4 with three RBIs. Evan Bowling was 2 for 3 with a double, a triple and two RBIs, Franco Villella was 2 for 4 with a double and Alex Brewer tripled.
“Once again, our defense woke up tonight,” Miami East coach Barry Coomes said. “If we keep making the right plays and keep our errors down, we’ll be alright.”
Jake Albright was 2 for 3 with a double to lead Covington (4-6, 3-2 CCC).
M-U 8, PS 1
WEST MILTON —Milton-Union won for the second straight day — and third time in its last four games — exploding for six runs in the bottom of the fourth to claim an 8-1 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division victory over Preble Shawnee Thursday.
Shane Staas scattered seven hits to earn the win on the mound. The Bulldog offense scored its eight runs on five hits, without the benefit of anyone having a multi-hit day.
Milton-Union (5-6, 4-4) travels to Newton Saturday for a doubleheader.
NT 6, Bethel 0
NEW PARIS — Following their huge win over Miami East on Wednesday, the Bethel Bees suffered a big letdown on Thursday in a 6-0 loss at National Trail, their first in Cross County Conference play.
Jordan Elam, Nate Reese and Tyler Brookhart had the only hits for Bethel in the three-hit shutout. National Trail, meanwhile, plated four in the bottom of the first and never looked back.
“It was a bit of an emotional letdown after such a big over East yesterday,” Bethel coach Brett Brookhart said. “They (Trail) came out hitting and took the wind out of our sails, and it was one of those days where we were hitting, but hitting it right at them.”
Bethel hosts Ponitz in a doubleheader Saturday.
M-U 5, PS 3
WEST MILTON — On Thursday, Milton-Union found itself in a similar situation to the previous day’s tight game against Carlisle — just without the big numbers.
The Bulldogs (11-0, 7-0 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) rallied from a 3-2 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the fourth and held on from there, finding a way to knock off Preble Shawnee 5-3 and complete its first run through division play without a loss.
“We got settled down after the first couple innings, took control and the defense stepped it up,” Milton-Union softball coach Curt Schaefer said. “Ashley Smith caught a screaming liner and doubled a girl off first to get us out of one inning — that was big. And we had a lot of nice catches in the outfield, particularly by (Andrea) Fox and (Jessica) Bowman. It was a good team win.”
Claire Fetters was the winning pitcher, striking out none and walking two. Christine Heisey drove in two runs to lead the offense, and Katie Courtright was 2 for 3 with a double.
Milton-Union faces Triad and River Valley Saturday at Duke Park.
Tipp 5, Graham 4
ST. PARIS — Megan Rittenhouse hit a two-run game-winning single in the top of the seventh inning, Bri Eichbaum held a potent Graham lineup relatively in check and Tippecanoe won a back-and-forth battle 5-4 Thursday at Graham.
Eichbaum gave up two walks, nine hits and a pair of homers but also struck out eight to get the win. Ashley Bruce was 3 for 4 with an RBI, Rachel Rusk scored a pair of runs, Lauren Goodall doubled and had two hits, Cassie Gingerich had two hits and two stolen bases and Kaitlyn Stocker had two hits in the win.
“We had to battle back from behind, down 3-2 going into the top of the seventh,” Tippecanoe coach Clay Lavercombe said. “But this team has lots of heart. The girls know they’re never out of a game and believe in themselves. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Tippecanoe host Stebbins today in a makeup game.
Covington 6, ME 0
CASSTOWN — Covington maintained its perfect mark in the Cross County Conference Thursday with a big win at rival Miami East, with the Buccaneers claiming a 6-0 victory.
Morgan Arbogast scattered five hits and struck out five to record a shutout, while Brooke Gostomsky hit a three-run homer in the top of the first to set the pace for the Bucc (9-1, 5-0 CCC) offense.
Taylor Miller was 2 for 3 with a double for Miami East.
Arcanum 6, Newton 3
ARCANUM — Newton committed five errors Thursday, and Arcanum made the Indians (6-4, 3-1 Cross County Conference) pay for them in a 6-3 victory.
“Our five errors really cost us today,” Newton coach Kirk Kadel said. “We made them at key times in the game. Until we start playing better defense, we’re just not going to fare very well.”
Megan Rutledge doubled and had an RBI for Newton and Laura Burden also drove in a run. Laura Oaks took the loss on the mound, only giving up two earned runs.
Tipp 5, Bellefontaine 0
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe (3-2) had little trouble against Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division rival Bellefontaine Thursday, only dropping three total games in a 5-0 victory.
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 first doubles, Phillip Bullard and Michael Gross won 6-1, 6-1. At second doubles, Eric Staley and Joey Flora won 6-0, 6-1.
M-U 5, Madison 0
MIDDLETOWN — Milton-Union remained undefeated on the season, not dropping a game at singles and routing Madison 5-0 in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play Thursday.
At first singles, Matt Brumbaugh won 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Phillip Brumbaugh won 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Jake Blevins won 6-0, 6-0. At first doubles, Kenton Dickison and Jack Blevins won 6-1, 6-2. At second doubles, Trey Barnes and Logan Dickison won 6-2, 6-3.