By Josh Brown
GREENVILLE — Troy simply couldn’t score the knockout punch.
“We had the champ on the ropes. We just couldn’t knock them out,” said Troy softball coach Dan Cain after his Trojans let a three-run ninth-inning lead slip away as the defending Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division champion Greenville Green Wave scored four in the bottom of the inning to escape with a 5-4 victory Monday at Greenville.
Greenville’s Makayla Hanes, the division leader in RBIs, hit a three-run walkoff triple to end the game in the bottom of the ninth, the third game in three seasons that the Trojans and Wave have gone to extra innings in — and the third game in four overall that has gone extras for the Trojans (2-2, 0-1 GWOC North) this season.
“We had them on the ropes, and I felt like we let them off a little,” Cain said. “We scored three in the top of the ninth — but we also left the bases loaded with one out. But they earned it in the bottom of the ninth. They can hit, and they hadn’t hit anything over our heads in the outfield until that ninth inning. They had key hits when they needed them, have played in big games already and were just relaxed in those situations, and we missed some opportunities and made some mistakes.”
Greenville (6-1, 1-0 GWOC North) took the lead on a wild pitch in the bottom of the third, but Troy tied the game in the top of the fourth as Camryn Moeller doubled and scored on a ball hit by Savannah Nelson.
That’s the way things stayed until the top of the ninth, when Troy seemed to take control.
Moeller — who finished with three hits in the game — led off with a bunt single and went to third on a single by Natalie Henson. After Henson took second base, Greenville’s Allison Minnich intentionally walked the next batter to load the bases. Kearston Riley put down a run-scoring bunt then Wave recorded a fielder’s choice at the plate, but the Trojans got a second run on an error and then Josie Rohlfs put down another run-scoring bunt to make it 4-1 Troy, still with the bases loaded and one out. But a strikeout and flyout ended the threat, and Henson took the mound protecting a three-run lead.
“Even though we scored three runs in that inning, we still left the bases loaded,” Cain said. “We couldn’t get that big hit, that knockout blow. They had the seven, eight and nine hitters coming up, and I know they can hit. I told Nat that I didn’t want to see the top of their lineup again — but it didn’t work out that way.”
Ashton Kester led off with a double and another batter was hit by a pitch. Karsyn Shaffer hit a double to drive in one run, then another hit-batter loaded the bases for Hanes, who cleared the bases with a triple that ended the game.
“It was an even game,” Cain said. “Both teams had six hits and both pitchers threw well. The girls played well and didn’t quit.
“I wasn’t upset. We did some good things, did some little things well, and we played better defense. We just couldn’t get the knockout punch.”
The two teams meet again Thursday in Troy to finish the season series.
Preble Shawnee 5
CAMDEN — Milton-Union (4-2, 4-0 Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division) survived seven errors on Monday at Preble Shawnee as pitcher Anna Willson threw a two-hitter in an 8-5 Bulldog victory.
Willson struck out five and walked one, allowing only two hits as the Arrows scored three in the bottom of the second to take a 3-1 lead. But a two-run triple by Kallie Browning in the top of the fourth capped off a three-run inning that gave Milton-Union a 5-3 lead, and the Bulldogs held on from there.
Taylor Jacobs and Olivia Setser each went 3 for 4 and Willson was 2 for 3 at the plate as Milton-Union piled up 13 hits on its end.
“It was just a cold day and a bad defensive game, but the girls fought through it,” Milton-Union coach Curt Schaefer said. “They played the whole game and didn’t give up, and Anna pitched really well.”
Milton-Union hosts Madison Wednesday.
Riverside 14, Bethel 4
DEGRAFF — The Bethel Bees managed only two hits Monday night in a 14-4 loss at Riverside in non-league play.
Morgan Reittinger had an RBI double and Becky Schwieterman had an RBI single for the Bees, who struggled defensively in the cold conditions.
Bethel (1-1) travels to Covington Thursday.
Troy 10, Greenville 1
GREENVILLE — The Troy baseball team bounced back from Saturday’s lackluster offensive performance on Monday, cashing in six runs in the third inning and routing Greenville 10-1 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division opener for both teams.
The Trojans had only six hits in the game — all singles — but drew 13 walks.
“We had six singles and scored 10 runs,” Troy coach Ty Welker said. “We were patient at times, but we were in the right situations and came through at the right times. We had three singles and scored six runs in the third inning.
“We did what we needed to do, ran the bases well and put the ball in play.”
Brandon Emery was 1 for 2 and scored three times, while Alex Riedel was 1 for 3 with two RBIs.
Jordan Peck got the win on the mound, his second of the season, throwing a complete-game two-hitter, striking out seven, walking one and giving up one unearned run.
Troy (4-2, 1-0 GWOC North) will host the Green Wave on Friday to finish the season series. First, though, the Trojans will play at St. Henry Thursday.
Newton 8, NT 3
PLEASANT HILL — Newton (6-1) put up five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, blowing open what had been a tie game and defeating National Trail 8-3 in Cross County Conference play Tuesday.
Tregg Jackson got the win, pitching five innings, striking out seven and giving up five hits. Wade Ferrell came on to pitch the final two innings, striking out two while also going 2 for 3 with an RBI and three runs scored at the plate. Rhett Gipe was also 1 for 3 with two RBIs as the Indians outhit the Blazers 6-5.
“It was a good team effort,” Newton coach Nathan Kopp said. “We had a lot of big at-bats with two strikes, and guys did a good job of getting down sacrifice bunts and bunts for hits.”
Newton travels to Miami East Wednesday.
Preble Shawnee 2
CAMDEN — Milton-Union ran its season-opening winning streak to four games Monday, scoring three in the top of the first and holding on from there for a 4-2 victory at Preble Shawnee in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
Alby Baker and Blake Smith each had two hits for the Bulldogs (4-0, 4-0 SWBL Buckeye), who were actually outhit 12-8 in the game. But Levi Booher scattered those 12 Arrow hits on the mound, striking out six and finding ways out of tough situations to record a complete-game victory. Jacob Hill helped out in those regards, making three hit-saving plays at third base on defense.
Milton-Union hosts Madison Wednesday.
Troy 5, Northridge 0;
Troy 5; WC 0
TROY — The Troy tennis team improved to 3-0 Monday, not giving up a single game in a 5-0 victory against Northridge. And Tuesday was another strong effort as the Trojans (4-0) blanked West Carrollton 5-0.
Against Northridge, at first singles, Shane Essick won 6-0, 6-0. And second singles, Elijah Sadler won 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Matt Schmitt won 6-0, 6-0. At first doubles, Andrew Magoteaux and Nick Prus won 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Carter Hench and Jack Johnston won 6-0, 6-0.
Against West Carrollton, at first singles, Essick won 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Sadler won 6-1, 6-0. At third singles, Schmitt won 6-2, 6-4. At first doubles, Magoteaux and Prus won 6-1, 6-3. At second doubles, Hench and Johnston won 6-0, 6-0.
Troy hosts Stebbins Wednesday.
Greenville 5, Tipp 0
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe opened its season Monday at home against a solid Greenville team, with the Red Devils falling 5-0.
Phillip Bullard played a solid match at first singles but lost in three sets to Greenville’s Noah Haupt, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. At second singles, Eric Staley lost to Craig Manges 6-0, 6-4. At third singles, Michael Gross lost 6-4, 6-1. At first doubles, Sam and Casey Kronour lost to Alex Lance and Tyler Davis 6-4, 6-4. At second doubles, Zach Wildermuth and Evan Hill lost to Austin Grote and Josh Smith 6-1, 7-5.
Tippecanoe hosts Tecumseh Thursday.
M-U 5, Lehman 0
WEST MILTON — After dropping a narrow 3-2 match at Tecumseh on Monday, Milton-Union (3-1) returned home Tuesday and swept Lehman(0-4) 5-0.
At first singles, Philip Brumbaugh defeated Griffen West 6-0, 6-3. At second singles, Luke Ferguson defeated Ryan Goettemoeller 6-2, 6-1. At third singles, Caleb Black defeated Hoersten 6-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5). At first doubles, Logan Dickison and Nick Brumbaugh defeated Sam Ritze and Malachi Bezy 6-2, 6-1. At second doubles, Adam Knepper and Ethan Dohner defeated Sean Toner and Armstrong 6-1, 6-0.
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