By Josh Brown
MIAMI COUNTY — That didn’t take long.
Before the first full week of spring sports was even complete, the first day of rainouts and weather-related cancellations hit on Thursday as overnight storms and sporadic rain through the afternoon postponed all of Miami County’s local action.
Troy’s softball game at Fairmont was postponed, as was the Trojans’ home tennis match against Fairmont. Neither one had a makeup date immediately set.
The Cross County Conference softball matchup between Newton and Miami East was also postponed. It was rescheduled to April 6 — which turned out to be a popular reschedule date.
Tri-Village and Covington baseball and softball were both postponed and rescheduled for April 6. And Bradford at Twin Valley South baseball and softball were both rescheduled for April 6, as well.
Bethel at Ansonia softball was postponed, with no makeup date immediately set, as was Northridge at Milton-Union tennis.
The Perry at Lehman baseball and softball games were both postponed until Saturday. Lehman baseball had been scheduled to play at Covington that day, but the site was moved. Lehman will now host Perry at 11 a.m. then Covington at 2 p.m.
And even outside of Ohio, Miami County’s team’s weren’t immune to weather issues.
In Georgia, the Troy baseball team saw its game against North Paulding was rained out Thursday. The Trojans will return to Ohio Saturday and travel to Springfield Shawnee.
In Tennessee, the Bethel baseball team wasn’t immune to the rain. The Bees will now play two games Friday, taking on Bradley Central at 2 p.m. and Pikeview at 7 p.m., with both games to be played at Gatlinburg Pittman High School.
Northridge 1 (6)
DAYTON — The Milton-Union baseball team routed Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division foe Northridge 14-1 Wednesday, beginning the new season with a two-game sweep of the Polar Bears.
Levi Booher scattered five hits, walked one and struck out two to get the win on the mound, giving up only one run in the bottom of the second that put the Bulldogs (2-0, 2-0 SWBL Buckeye) down 1-0.
But Milton-Union tied the score in the top of the third, exploded for seven in the top of the fourth to take control and finished the game early with four runs in the top of the sixth. Booher was 3 for 5 with two doubles and three RBIs, Jacob Hill was 2 for 4 with three RBIs and Keifer Jones was 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs to lead the way offensively. Krue Thwaits was also 2 for 5 with a triple and Alby Baker was 2 for 3.
Milton-Union will look to continue the solid start Friday at home against Preble Shawnee.
Lehman 4, ME 1
CASSTOWN — Amanda Titterington’s two-run triple in the fifth inning broke a 1-1 tie and led the Lehman softball team to a 4-1 victory over Miami East Wednesday.
Titterington was 2 for 4 at the plate, while Allie Hall was 2 for 4 with a double. Maddy McFarland was also 2 for 3 with a double, Grace Brandt had a double and one RBI and Grace Monnin tripled.
Madalyn Kirtley pitched a four-hitter, striking out three and walking three.
Emily Thimmes had an RBI single for Miami East’s lone run.
Kati Runner took the loss, with relief help from Megan Pettit. Both pitchers struck out five and walked two.
Miami East hosts West Liberty-Salem Friday.
COVINGTON — The Covington Buccaneers managed only three hits Wednesday in a 7-0 loss to visiting Centerville, a makeup game from Monday.
Arianna Richards had a pair of singles for the Buccs (3-1) and Megan Alexander had one hit.
Covington hosts New Bremen Friday.
SIDNEY — The Lehman tennis team lost to Wapakoneta 5-0 Wednesday.
“We are playing teams fulls of juniors and seniors,” Lehman coach Tim Ungericht said. “We are young but getting better every match.”
At first singles, Griffen West lost 6-4, 6-1. At second singles, Ryan Goettemoeller lost 6-4, 6-0. At third singles, Sean Toner lost 6-0, 6-2.
At first doubles, Sam Ritze and Malachi Bezy lost 6-3, 6-1. Lehman forfeited second doubles.
Lehman travels to Celina Monday.
* Track and Field
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union, Covington and Troy Christian’s track teams competed at a five-team meet Tuesday held at Milton-Union, one swept by the Butler boys (162.5 points) and girls (99 points) track teams.
Covington’s boys were second with 94 points. Cade Harshbarger won the 300 hurdles (44.0 seconds) and was second in the 110 hurdles (17.1 seconds). Nathan Lyle won the 800 (2:19.2). Jett Murphy won the pole vault (11-0). Zane Barnes was second in the 400 (54.7 seconds). The 4×100 team was second (47.9 seconds). The 4×400 team was second (3:47.2).
Milton-Union’s boys were third with 45 points. Shannon Milnickel won the 1,600 (4:59.3) and Will Brock was second (5:12.5). Cody Sauser won the 3,200 (13:08.8). Chris Minor won the discus (119-9) and the shot put (41-10). Avory Creech was second in the 800 (2:21.7). The 4×800 team won (9:05.6). The 4×400 team won (3:45.3). The 4×200 team was second (1:41.1).
Troy Christian’s boys were fifth with 7.5 points. Isaac Flora and Nick Pichet had the best finishes, taking third (5:24.9) and fourth (5:26) in the 1,600, respectively.
On the girls side, the Bulldogs were third with 81 points. Beyonce Bobbit won the discus (118-0) and was second in the shot put (33-3.5). Sarah Motz was second in the pole vault (8-0). The 4×800 team was second (11:36.2).
Covington’s girls were fourth with 66.5 points. Natalie Snyder won the 100 hurdles (17.2 seconds). Carly Shell won the 1,600 (5:32.1) and Anna Dunn was second (5:35.6), and the pulled the same one-two finish in the 800, with Shell winning (2:32.6) and Dunn second (2:37.5). Lauren Hebert won the shot put (35-1.5) and was second in the discus (100-0). Lillian Hamilton was second in the high jump (4-8). The 4×200 team was second (1:54.6). The 4×100 team was second (55.0 seconds). The 4×400 team was second (4:35.6).
Troy Christian’s girls were fifth with nine points, with Rachel Ondera leading the way with a second-place finish in the 400 (1:07.2).
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