TROY — After dropping five games in a row — including a pair to Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division frontrunner Greenville — the Troy Trojans have started a streak of a different kind.
Troy kicked off a two-day series with GWOC North rival Butler Tuesday at home, knocking off the Aviators 4-2 at Market Street Diamond for its second win in a row, more proof that the Trojans may just be turning the corner.
After being swept in a doubleheader at Northwestern on April 19 and a 9-3 loss at home to Greenville the following Monday, Troy (5-11, 3-5 GWOC North) took the Green Wave to extra innings, falling 3-2 on the road. After another narrow defeat against Wayne 3-1, the Trojans snapped the skid on Friday with a 5-4 victory at Springfield — highlighted by a home run by Maggie McClurg.
“We tell the girls that who we see them as as players is different than how we see them,” Troy softball coach Megan Campbell said. “We tend to see them as 10 times the players they see themselves as. But I think they’re beginning to see themselves the way we see them.”
And on Tuesday, the trend continued as Troy scored three in the top of the first against Butler and never looked back.
Megan Schreiber was 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs, Allison Pierce was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI and Natalie Henson was 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI. Rainey Rohlfs was also 2 for 2 in the game and Brittany Sowers had a double — which was plenty of support for Mackenzie Vernon, who got the win on the mound.
Troy travels to Butler today to make up the game that was rained out on Monday.
“It’s this late in the season and the year hasn’t gone the way you’d hoped, but the girls are all still fighting,” Campbell said. “I’m proud of them. We’re always proud of them.”
TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe Red Devils took an early lead against Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division foe Bellefontaine Tuesday at home … which proved to be a good thing, as the rains moved in and cut the game short with Tippecanoe claiming a 5-2 victory.
Cassie Gingerich had two hits, an RBI and scored a run in the game, Megan Rittenhouse had two hits, a double and an RBI, Stephanie Kraska had two hits and a double and Ashley Shepherd, Ali Muse, Lauren Goodall and Kaitlyn Stocker each had a hit.
Bri Eichbaum got the win on the mound. Bellefontaine managed to get runners on first and second with none out in the top of the sixth with the top of its lineup coming to bat, but the game was called at that point due to lightning.
Tippecanoe travels to Greenon Thursday.
PLEASANT HILL — The Newton Indians continued to find ways to win — for the eighth straight game, in fact — small-balling their way to a 4-1 rain-shortened victory in five innings against Fairlawn Tuesday at home.
“We bunted seven times in the game: two times for hits and once on an RBI squeeze,” Newton baseball coach Nathan Kopp said. “We played small ball really well. And Cody Alexander pitched a great game, as good as I’ve seen him all year.”
Alexander struck out nine in five innings of work and only gave up one hit and one earned run to get the win. Logan Welbaum had the RBI squeeze bunt and Tyler Filbrun beat out an infield single for another RBI for the Indians, who improved to 15-4 on the season.
Newton faces Tri-Village Thursday.
Bellefontaine 0 (susp.)
TIPP CITY — After Monday’s rainout and with the Red Devils looking to put away a Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division title, the weather stepped in and put things on pause again Tuesday as Tippecanoe and Bellefontaine were tied 0-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning. The game was suspended and will be made up at a date still to be decided.
Ben Hughes had six strikeouts and had scattered three hits through six when the game was called.
Tippecanoe travels to Greenon Thursday.
Troy 5, Sidney 0
SIDNEY — The Troy tennis team improved to 2-1 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division, 12-1 overall with a 5-0 victory at Sidney Tuesday.
At first singles, Luke Oaks defeated Steven Hendershot 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Connor Oaks defeated Dylan Vonderhuvel 6-2, 6-3. At third singles, Matt Schmitt defeated Jason Scharenburg 6-0, 6-0.
At first doubles, Matt Alexander and Ian Stutz defeated Connor Bowers and Oakk Wynn 6-0, 6-1. At second doubles, Aaron Coon and Jack Johnston defeated Noah and Magnus Richards 6-4, 6-3.
Troy hosts Wayne for Senior Night today.
M-U 4, Dixie 1
NEW LEBANON — Milton-Union’s undefeated regular season marched on on Monday as the Bulldogs knocked off Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division foe Dixie 4-1 on the road.
At first singles, Matt Brumbaugh won 6-1, 6-1. At second singles, Phillip Brumbaugh won 6-1, 6-3. At first doubles, Kenton Dickison and Jack Blevins won 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Luke Ferguson and Logan Dickison won 6-0, 6-2.
Milton-Union’s lone loss was a tough three-setter as Jake Blevins fell 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.