By Josh Brown
TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe softball team got the postseason off to a perfect start.
Sierra Sutton pitched a perfect game Tuesday and led the offense, as well, leading the fifth-seeded Red Devils (17-8) to a 13-0 victory over No. 17 Meadowdale — Tippecanoe’s ninth win in a row — to open the Division II sectional tournament.
Sutton struck out 13, walked none and gave up no hits, and she drove in four runs at the plate. Kaity Stocker had two RBIs and Brooke Silcox, Maddie Gibler, Taylor Yeager, Alyssa Hallauer and Kayla Runyon each drove in a run.
Tippecanoe advances to face top-seeded Monroe Thursday in the sectional semifinal round.
Jackson Center 11
JACKSON CENTER — Trailing 10th-seeded Jackson Center 11-5 in the top of the seventh, the No. 11 Lehman Cavaliers scored seven runs in the final inning to steal a 12-11 victory Tuesday and advance in the Division IV sectional tournament.
Abby Schutt hit a bases-loaded triple to cut the lead to 11-8, then an RBI single by Amanda Titterington brought home Schutt to make it a two-run game. Grace Monnin then gave the Cavs the lead with one swing, drilling a three-run home run to make the score 12-11, and Lehman held on from there.
Lehman will travel to Newton Thursday to face the top-seeded Indians.
Miss. Valley 0
BRADFORD — Eighth-seeded Bradford had little trouble with No. 13 Mississinawa Valley to open the Division IV sectional tournament, defeating the Blackhawks 11-0 in five innings Tuesday.
Bradford advances to face No. 2 Russia Thursday in the sectional semifinal round.
MONTGOMERY — The Troy tennis team traveled to Cincinnati’s suburbs Tuesday to play in the Ohio Tennis Coaches Association Team Tournament, falling to one of the top four teams in the state, Sycamore, 5-0.
At first singles, Shane Essick lost 6-2, 6-0. At second singles, Elijah Sadler lost 6-2, 6-0. At third singles, Jack Goodall lost 6-0, 6-0.
At first doubles, Jack Johnston and Nick Prus lost 6-2, 6-2. At second doubles, Nathan Kleptz and Andrew Magoteaux lost 6-0, 6-0.
BELLEFONTAINE — No. 12 Piqua tried to rally in its Division I sectional tournament opener Tuesday at Bellefontaine, but the No. 10 Chieftains were able to put away a 4-2 victory and end the Indians’ season.
Nolan Robson put Bellefontaine up 3-0 after five innings with a two-run double, but Piqua’s Mick Karn hit a two-run double to cut the lead to one going into the bottom of the sixth. The Chieftains tacked on an insurance run, though, and Piqua couldn’t muster any more offense.
Bellefontaine will face No. 2 Springboro Thursday, with the winner of that game advancing to the sectional final to face the winner between Troy and Fairborn. Piqua finished the season 11-15.
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