TIPP CITY — All three of Tippecanoe’s seniors contributed in big ways Thursday as the Red Devils (19-7) clinched at least a share of the Central Buckeye Conference title with a 4-3 crossover victory over Urbana on Senior Night.
Senior Cameron Johnson was 2 for 4 with a home run that gave Tippecanoe an early lead, but the Hillclimbers scored four in the fourth to grab the lead. The Devils tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth, then senior Ben Hughes came on in relief in the seventh to keep the score tied. Senior B.J Donathan then handed Hughes and the Devils the win with a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.
“It was a good night for our three seniors,” Tippecanoe coach Bruce Cahill said. “Our bats still aren’t cooking, and that’s where we’re struggling right now. We’re playing good defense and had a well-pitched game.”
Tippecanoe travels to Indian Lake Monday and will win the CBC outright with a win.
ME 22, MV 4
UNION CITY — Miami East hit four home runs Thursday at Mississinawa Valley, but the loudest was no doubt Franco Villella’s grand slam as the Vikings (12-4) pounded the Blackhawks 22-4.
Villella finished 2 for 4 with a double and the grand slam, Michael Fellers and Alex Brewer were both 2 for 3 with a double and a home run and Colton McKinney was 2 for 5 with a homer. Brandon Kirk also went 2 for 4 with a double as the Vikings scored their 22 runs on 14 hits.
Braxton Donaldson got the win, striking out one and giving up five hits.
Miami East hosts Twin Valley South today to wrap up Cross County Conference play.
PLEASANT HILL — Newton’s seniors played a role in the Indians’ win over Covington Thursday on Senior Night, an 8-0 victory that included a solid pitching performance by Reid Ferrell and a two-run squeeze bunt.
Ferrell, a senior, pitched a complete game, scattering five hits and two walks and striking out three.
“The key for Reid was that he threw 21 first-pitch strikes,” Newton coach Nathan Kopp said. “People ask me what a pitcher’s best pitch is, and I say ‘strike one.’ Reid was in control most of the game.
“It was good for us to send our six seniors out with their first win over Covington in their high school careers.”
Seniors Logan Welbaum and Cody Alexander each had two hits and Chase Courtney had another for the Indians (16-6), but the most impressive one came in a five-run fifth inning off the bat of Tyler Filbrun. After the Indians had already squeeze bunted in one run, Filbrun laid down another squeeze bunt with runners on second and third. The Buccaneers saw that they couldn’t get the runner at the plate and threw to first — and the runner from second came all the way around to score.
“That was a bit of a gamechanger for us,” Kopp said. “It was a 3-0 game at the time, then we get three quick runs off of those plays and make it 8-0 after that inning.”
Newton finishes Cross County Conference play today against Ansonia.
Bethel 12, TV 11
BRANDT — Bethel (13-6, 6-3 Cross County Conference) started out Thursday’s game against Tri-Village with six runs in the first. After seven errors, though, the Bees found themselves down by two in the eighth inning — only to score three in the bottom of the eighth to grab a 12-11 victory.
“Our problem was defense today. That was one of the worst defensive games I’ve seen since I’ve been here,” Bethel coach Brett Brookhart said. “We had trouble making routine plays. But they took a one-run lead and we scored to force extras, they got two in the top of the eighth then we scored three to win it. We battled back. A win is a win.”
Nate Reese got the win in relief, while Jordan Elam had the big day at the plate by going 3 for 4 with a double, a triple and four RBIs. Jimmy Pelphrey was 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Alex Wilson was 2 for 4.
Bethel travels to Bradford today.
TC 13, MC 1
TROY — Troy Christian finished off Metro Buckeye Conference play with a convincing victory Thursday, routing Middletown Christian 13-1.
Scott Douglas pitched a one-hitter in addition to going 3 for 3 with a double, while Spencer Tomas, Seth Douglas and Elijah Sims all doubled. Senior Chad Stapp added his first varsity hit as the Eagles (9-11, 8-2 MBC) hammered out 13 hits in the game.
Troy Christian travels to Fairlawn today.
Troy 6 (8)
BEAVERCREEK — Troy wanted to see how it stacked up against the other Greater Western Ohio Conference division champs heading into next week’s sectional tournament.
And the Trojans put on a solid display Thursday at Central Division champion Beavercreek, but the Beavers (18-6) scored two in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings and then won it 7-6 in the eighth.
“This was going to be a measuring stick for us,” Troy coach Ty Welker said. “We asked the question, ‘Are we as good as the other division leaders?’ I think this proves that we are. It was a battle.”
Ryan Lavy got the loss in relief of Ben Langdon as Beavercreek tallied 12 hits in the game. Troy (14-9 piled up 14 hits of its own, with Trenton Wood going 3 for 4, Alex Magoteaux and Collin Moeller going 2 for 4 and Alec Demore going 2 for 4 with a double. Nick Sanders also doubled and had an RBI.
Troy hosts Fairborn today.
Tipp 16, Urbana 9
TIPP CITY — After two innings, Tippecanoe trailed Urbana 7-2.
But once the Red Devils turned it on, the Hillclimbers could do nothing to stop them as Tippecanoe (14-10) pounded out 18 hits as a team and routed Urbana 16-9 in its final home game of the regular season Thursday.
“Everyone played real well and hit the ball hard today,” Tippecanoe coach Clay Lavercombe said. “After a rough couple of innings, the girls rebounded and got the job done. This was a good win for us.”
Lauren Goodall and Cassie Gingerich each had two doubles as the Devils piled up six doubles as a team. Bri Eichbaum had four hits and settled down on the mound, striking out 10 to get the win.
Tippecanoe travels to Bellefontaine for a makeup game today and then finishes the regular season at Indian Lake Monday. They then host Bellefontaine Tuesday in a first-round tournament game.
ME 8, MV 1
UNION CITY — Miami East (8-13, 4-7 Cross County Conference) put an end to its offensive woes Thursday, pounding out 18 hits and putting away the game with a four-run fourth inning in an 8-1 victory at Mississinawa Valley.
Olivia Edgell was 3 for 4 with a triple and three RBIs to lead the way, Taylor Miller was 3 for 3 with a double, Rian Kingrey was 2 for 3 with a double, Sam Denlinger was 2 for 4 and Kris Bigelow and Meagan Pettit each had doubles. Denlinger also got the win on the mound, striking out eight and throwing a three-hitter.
“We were finally able to come out and hit the ball well all the way through the lineup and string some hits together,” Miami East coach Brian Kadel said. “We played solid defense, and Sam threw a great game.”
Miami East hosts Twin Valley South today.