By Josh Brown
TROY — Every time Troy’s seniors needed to, they were able to come through Saturday.
Which gave the Trojans exactly what they needed heading into next week’s final division series.
Jared Bair had a pair of doubles and four RBIs, the Trojans got some big two-out hits, senior starter Noah Roswell pitched five solid innings to get the win and all 12 seniors saw action as the Troy baseball team celebrated a rain-soaked Senior Day with a 10-7 victory over the Wayne Warriors Saturday at Market Street Field.
“We did. We hit the ball,” Troy coach Ty Welker said. “We hit the ball much better today. I was pleased that oour seniors all got to play, and they took advantage of their opportunities.”
The game was actually called after the top of the sixth inning after Wayne (9-11) fought back to tie the score at 5-5 in the top of the fifth, only to see the Trojans (12-9) post five runs in the bottom of the inning to retake control. The Warriors tried to rally again in the sixth and even brought the potential tying run to the plate, but Troy reliever Troy Moore induced a groundout back to himself to end the threat — and the umpires, after play had been stopped three times to treat the mound thanks to the constant rain the game had been played through, finally ruled it official.
The Trojans, who went 3-2 this week with little mistakes and a lack of offense costing them in two losses to Fairborn, saw more small miscues cost them runs in the top of the first.
Bryce Haney led off with a bloop single and stole second, then Austin Mailer bunted for a hit after the Trojans were slow to cover first base, putting runners on the corners. A wild pitch brought in one run, then a dropped fly ball allowed another run to score, putting Troy down 2-0 before they even came to the plate.
The Trojans, however, responded.
Nick Matney drew a one-out walk and Jared Bair singled, then a groundout put runners on second and third with two outs. Jordan Peck cashed them both in with a two-out, two-run single, then he scored after a wild pitch and an error to give Troy a 3-2 lead.
Troy added to that lead in the second as Matney beat out a one-out infield single and stole second, then Bair drove him in with an RBI double. Bair moved to third on a sac fly and scored on a two-out error, making it 5-2 Trojans.
“I think we took advantage of our chances, and we swung the bats,” Welker said. “Their guy was around the plate all day, and on pitches that we probably normally would take, we were swinging today. We were more aggressive and offensive-minded.”
That appeared to be plenty for Roswell, who held the Warriors in check in the second, third and fourth innings, allowing only one baserunner during each. He finished the day with three strikeouts, a walk and a hit-batter, allowing seven hits and five runs — only two earned. Which was made all the more impressive by the constant drizzle the game was played through that increased in strength the farther along things went.
“Noah threw very consistently today,” Welker said. “He didn’t walk very many guys and pitched well. It was nice to see him have a good start, especially considering the conditions.”
The conditions were so bad, in fact, that it appeared that the game would be halted once it became official after the Wayne half of the fifth inning. But the Warriors didn’t cooperate, as James Harness hit a tw0-run double and later scored on a wild pitch to tie the score at 5-5.
Welker wasn’t concerned.
“We just couldn’t get an out,” Welker said. “No matter what we did, they hit a dink here or a dink there, and they tied it up. It made me a little nervous, but I felt like our bats were good enough where we’d come back and score some runs.”
In the bottom of the inning, the Trojans made good on that.
Joseph McGillivary led off with a double, but he got caught in a rundown on a ground ball with one out. The Wayne third baseman dropped the ball, though, giving the Trojans a shot with runners on second and third. Moore drew a walk, then Matney blooped in an RBI single to give Troy a 6-5 lead.
Despite the rain, the game was allowed to continue — so Bair put an exclamation point on it with a three-run double over the left fielder’s head. He later scored on a double steal with Peck, and the Trojans led 10-5.
Wayne got one last chance to hit despite what had turned into a driving, cold rain, with Haney and Harness both driving in runs. With runners on the corners and two outs, though, Moore got a grounder back to himself to end the inning, and the game was called official at last.
Bair finished the game 3 for 3 with two doubles, three runs scored and four RBIs, Matney was 2 for 3 with three runs and an RBI, Peck was 2 for 3 with two RBIs, Roswell was 2 for 4 and McGillivary doubled. Before the game, the Trojans honored those seniors, as well as Moore, Austin Barney, Tyler Lambert, Jacob Curcio, Drake McDonagh, Justin O’Neill and Alex Riedel.
After six games in as many days, the Trojans finally get a day off on Sunday. They then face Greater Western Ohio Conference North Division rival Piqua to finish division play, traveling to Piqua Monday and hosting the Indians Tuesday.
“We definitely needed that,” Welker said of the win over Wayne. “We know Piqua is going to be tough. But today was a good day to celebrate for our seniors.”
Contact Josh Brown at (937) 552-2132, or follow @TroyDailySports on Twitter.
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