By Josh Brown
TROY — The Troy baseball team may have managed only five hits in a 6-1 loss to Fairborn Friday — the Trojans’ second loss in Troy to the Skyhawks this week. But coach Ty Welker saw some things that he didn’t even see in Wednesday’s 4-2 loss, even though Friday’s game ended up not being as close.
“They threw their two horses at us today, and that was fine. We needed to see that,” Welker said of Fairborn’s pitchers. “We faced top-notch pitching. We only struck out looking once and were more aggressive — which may seem strange to say since we only scored one run, but it’s true. We put the ball in play and hit it hard at people, and the quality of pitching was better than it was the other day.”
The Trojans (11-9) picked up Wednesday’s game after their originally-scheduled contest against Springboro was postponed. And Friday’s game was originally supposed to be played in Fairborn, but it was moved to Market Street Field because the Skyhawks’ field was unable.
Fairborn (12-8) outhit Troy 11-5 on the day, with Hayden Kotwica throwing a complete game in the loss.
“We didn’t execute with two outs. Probably four of their six runs today came with two outs,” Welker said. “That was the difference. We’re still adjusting and trying to figure out who we are and trying to find the lineup to make us that.
“I felt better about our mentality today. We competed in situations that we hadn’t competed in before. The score may not show that, but we did.”
Troy hosts Wayne today for Senior Day at 11 a.m.
Other scores: Thursday — Newton 13, Tri-Village 9 (baseball). Newton 12, Tri-Village 1 (softball).
Tipp 5, Greenon 0;
Tipp 3, Butler 2
TIPP CITY — The Tippecanoe tennis team picked up a Central Buckeye Conference victory Thursday, shutting out Greenon 5-0 at home.
At first singles, Phillip Bullard defeated Riley Farrell 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Eric Staley defeated Brady Whittaker 6-1, 6-0. At third singles, Michael Gross defeated Michael Deering 6-2, 6-1.
At first doubles, Sam and Casey Kronour defeated Colin Campbell and Amon Hentshel 6-1, 6-1. At second doubles, Zach Wildermuth and Dylan Shomper defeated Ryan McNeil and Jaylen Shatto 6-0, 6-0.
The on Friday, the Red Devils held off Butler for a narrow 3-2 victory.
At first singles, Bullard won 6-0, 6-3. At first doubles, Zach Wildermuth and Casey Kronour won 6-0, 6-2. At second doubles, Noah Blake and Colin Achterburg won 6-0, 6-0.
At second singles, Michael Gross lost 6-1, 6-4. At third singles, Evan Hill lost 6-2, 6-1.
Tippecanoe (8-4, 5-2 CBC) travels to Troy on Monday.
WAYNESVILLE — Milton-Union swept all three singles spots Thursday at Waynesville, holding off the Spartans 3-2 in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
At first singles, Philip Brumbaugh defeated Jake Trapp 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Luke Ferguson defeated Danny Magpen 6-3, 6-2. At third singles, Caleb Black won a tight first set and closed out the decisive match against Ben Muth 7-5, 6-2.
At first doubles, Logan Dickison and Nick Brumbaugh lost to Lucas Mohme and Ryan Teeters 6-4, 6-1. At second doubles, Joey Swafford and Adam Knepper lost to Kyle Buflod and Seth Sturgill 6-3, 7-6 (3).
Milton-Union hosted Carlisle Friday, then travels to Chaminade Julienne’s doubles invitational Saturday.
* Track and Field
COVINGTON — The Covington boys and girls track and field teams swept a tri-meet Thursday, while Bradford finished second.
Boys team scores were Covington 60, Bradford 56, Sidney 33.
Winning for Covington were Conner Ryan (1,600, 5:10.7), Cade Harshbarger (400, 56.2 seconds), Adam Lefeld (800, 2:17.7) and the 4×800 relay (9:38.9).
Rhyan Turner led Bradford, sweeping the 110 hurdles (22.1 seconds) and 300 hurdles (43.4 seconds).
Also winning for Bradford were Kyle Mills (high jump, 5-8), Zachary Miller (100, 12.1 seconds), Johnny Fike (3,200, 11:22.4), the 4×100 relay (49.9 seconds), the 4×200 relay (1:40.3) and the 4×400 relay (3:47.8).
Girls team scores were Covington 63, Bradford 60, Sidney 33.
Danielle Alexander led Covington, sweeping the 1,600 (6:10.3) and 3,200 (13:20.9).
Also winning for the Buccs were Lillian Hamilton (high jump, 4-10), Danielle Rose (100 hurdles, 18.7 seconds), Kelsey Dysinger (400, 72.8 seconds), the 4×100 relay (57.9 seconds) and the 4×200 relay (2:07.2).
Maia Stump led Bradford winning the long jump (13-5.5) 100 (14.1 seconds) and 200 (29.5 seconds), while Kenzie Weldy swept the shot put (32-2.5) and discus (93-6).
Also winning for Bradford were Kelly Moore (pole vault, 9-0), Aria Roberts (300 hurdles, 55.3 seconds), Karmen Knepp (800, 2:25.9) and the 4×400 relay (5:40.07).
Editor’s note: The Wayne Invitational was still in progress at time of press.
Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.
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