By Josh Brown
SIDNEY — The Troy tennis team’s monumental victory over Butler last week left the Trojans needing two more wins to seal an outright Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division title.
Tuesday, the Trojans (13-1, 4-0 GWOC North) got the first of those wins — clinching at least a share of the division championship in the process — by defeating Sidney on the road 5-0.
“It was a good team win over Sidney, which had won five of its last six matches,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said. “I challenged our team to play with consistency today — and our doubles teams not to let up when getting a lead. Their doubles teams were both undefeated in league play going into our match. We had good effort and took control of our matches early.”
At first singles, Shane Essick defeated Zac Darden 61, 6-2. At second singles, Elijah Sadler defeated Dylan Vonderhuevel 6-2, 6-2. At third singles, Matt Schmitt defeated Daichi Urata 6-0, 6-3.
At first doubles, Andrew Magoteaux and Nick Prus defeated Connor Armstrong and Michael Feree 6-2, 6-0. At second doubles, Carter Hench and Jack Johnston defeated Derek Bradley and Logan Searcy 6-1, 6-3.
And on Monday, the Trojans added a non-league victory, shutting out Miamisburg 5-0 and only losing two games the entire day.
At first singles, Essick won 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Sadler won 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Schmitt won 6-0, 6-0.
At first doubles, Magoteaux and Prus won 6-1, 6-0. At second doubles, Hench and Johnston won 6-0, 6-1.
The Trojans travel to Springfield Thursday before hosting Alter Friday. They travel to Piqua May 3 with a chance to clinch the outright GWOC North title.
Valley View 4,
GERMANTOWN — The Milton-Union Bulldogs lost to a talented Valley View team Monday, falling 4-1.
The Bulldogs’ lone win came at first singles, where Philip Brumbaugh won 6-0, 7-5.
At second singles, Luke Ferguson lost 7-6, 6-2. At third singles, Caleb Black lost 6-1, 6-0. At first doubles, Logan Dickison and Nick Brumbaugh lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. At second doubles, Matt Brown and Adam Knepper lost 6-0 ,6-1.
Milton-Union traveled to Dixie Tuesday.
CLAYTON — The Tippecanoe tennis team struggled at Northmont Monday, falling 4-1 in non-league play.
The Red Devils’ lone win came at third singles, where Michael Gross won 6-2, 6-2.
At first singles, Phillip Bullard lost 6-2, 6-2. At second singles, Eric Staley lost 7-5, 6-4. At first doubles, Sam and Casey Kronour lost 6-2, 6-1. At second doubles, Evan Hill and Dylan Shomper lost 6-2, 6-4.
Tippecanoe traveled to Kenton Ridge Tuesday.
DAYTON — Lehman picked up its third victory of the season Monday, shutting out Northridge 5-0.
At first singles, Griffin West won 6-0, 6-1. At second singles, Ryan Goettemoeller won 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Will Hoersten won 6-0, 6-0.
At first doubles, Sam Ritze and Malachi Bezy won 6-1, 6-0. At second odubles, Josh Armstrong and Sean Toner won 6-0, 6-0.
On Tuesday, though, the Cavaliers were swept 5-0 by Chaminade Julienne to fall to 3-7 on the season.
At first singles, West lost 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Hoersten lost 6-1, 6-1. At third singles, Toner lost 6-0, 6-0. At first doubles, Goettemoeller and Ritze lost 6-4, 7-6 (3). At second doubled, Armstrong and Bezy lost 6-1, 6-2.
Lehman travels to Lima Central Catholic Wednesday.
TROY — After an 11-1 run-rule victory Monday at Sidney that ended a four-game losing streak, the Troy baseball team found itself trailing the Yellow Jackets 4-2 going into the bottom of the seventh Tuesday at home.
But the Trojans (10-7, 5-3 Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division) scored three runs in the bottom of the inning, rallying to win walkoff fashion 5-4 and finish the season sweep.
Troy hosts Springboro Wednesday then goes on the road for two games before returning home Saturday for a Senior Day game against Wayne.
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe saw its 10-game winning streak come to an end Monday at home against Tecumseh, falling 2-1 but maintaining its lead in the Central Buckeye Conference Kenton Trail Division standings — with a little help.
The Red Devils (12-5, 8-2 CBC Kenton Trail) outhit the Arrows (5-12, 3-7) 6-3 in the game but could not get runners across the plate, only managing one run in the bottom of the first inning. They then gave up a pair of unearned runs, with Evan Ford taking the loss despite only giving up three hits and striking out seven.
“We just were unbelievably bad with runners in scoring position,” Tippecanoe coach Bruce Cahill said. “We had runners on base the entire game, but we couldn’t get hits when we needed them.”
Bellefontaine, which was tied for the division lead after Monday’s play, lost 3-2 to Kenton Ridge on Tuesday, dropping them half-a-game behind the Devils — pending the outcome of Tuesday’s matchup at Tecumseh, which was not available at time of press.
Tippecanoe hosts Northwestern Thursday.
BRADFORD — The Bethel Bees pounded out 35 hits and a total of 31 runs over the course of Monday and Tuesday, holding off Dayton Christian on the road 17-11 on Monday and then defeating Bradford 16-5 at Bradford in Cross County Conference play on Tuesday.
Christian White was the winning pitcher against Dayton Christian as Bethel outhit the opposition 16-9 — but had to recover from seven errors in the field. Tyler Brueckman was 5 for 5 with a double and three RBIs in the game, Tyler Brookhart was 3 for 4 with three RBIs, Riley Schaffer was 3 for 5 with three RBIs, Hunter Shelley was 2 for 5 and Nick Lightcap was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
And on Tuesday against Bradford, the Bees (9-6, 3-4 CCC) just kept hitting. Brookhart was 3 for 4 with a triple and four RBIs, Shelley was 3 for 5 with two RBIs, Lightcap was 3 for 4 with three RBIs, White was 2 for 4 with a double and three RBIs, Kenton Egbert was 2 for 5, Brueckman was 2 for 4 and Schaffer was 2 for 4 with two RBIs.
Bethel hosts Franklin Monroe Thursday.
Milton-Union 4 (6)
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union took an early 4-2 lead against Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division rival Waynesville Monday, but the Spartans scored five runs in the fifth and another nine in the sixth to put away a 16-4 win.
Alby Baker each drove in a run for the Bulldogs and Strader doubled, giving Milton-Union a 4-2 lead after three innings. But after a pair of extra-inning games on Saturday, the strain was simply too much on the Bulldogs’ pitching staff.
“After throwing 17 innings in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep, our pitching just couldn’t hold a 4-2 lead against a very good Waynesville team,” Milton-Union coach Mark Gunston said. “I was very happy with the way the team played, even though we still had a few mental breakdowns. But overall, the score does not reflect the way the team played and fought.”
Other scores: Monday — Tri-County North 6, Newton 5.
Newton 16, TCN 2
LEWISBURG — The Newton softball team won its sixth straight Monday, routing Cross County Conference foe Tri-County North 16-2 in five innings on the road.
Kristen Rappold was the winning pitcher, striking out two, walking two and allowing three hits — and she also had a number of the Indians’ 17 hits on the day, going 3 for 4 with four RBIs. Maddie Mollette was 3 for 5 with two doubles, a triple and five RBIs, Kacie Tackett was 3 for 4 with two RBIs, Kylee Fisher was 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Laura Oaks was 2 for 3 with an RBI.
Newton hosts Tri-Village Thursday.
ME 12, TVS 1 (5)
CASSTOWN — Miami East jumped out in front early and never let up Tuesday, run-ruling Twin Valley South 12-1 in five innings in Cross County Conference play.
The Vikings scored four in the first on a two-run single by Kati Runner and RBI doubles by Jenna Patton and Allie Shore. Sam Urban then hit a two-run home run to start a five-run fourth inning that sealed the game, then Runner drove in another run with a single. Patton also finished the game with three RBIs for Miami East.
Megan Pettit got the win on the mound, allowing only one hit, walking four and striking out six.
M-U 6, Waynesville 5 (8)
WEST MILTON — Milton-Union’s Kallie Browning pitched seven solid innings of relief Monday, and the Bulldogs scored five runs over the sixth and seventh innings to force extras and won it in the bottom of the eighth, 6-5 over Waynesville to snap a lengthy losing streak.
Browning struck out nine in seven innings after the Bulldogs had fallen behind 5-0 after the first two innings. Macie Gregg doubled and had two RBIs, Taylor Jacobs was 2 for 4 and Anna Willson was 2 for 4 in the game.
“We got behind, left a lot of runners on base … but then we came back later in the game, showed a little heart and came back to win. I was proud of the girls. Browning did a great job shutting Waynesville down for seven innings. I was really proud of her.”
Milton-Union travels to Waynesville Wednesday.
Other scores: Monday — Tippecanoe 6, Tecumseh 4.
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