By Josh Brown
CINCINNATI — The Troy baseball team got off to a slow start on opening day Saturday, first arriving late to Lakota West due to bus problems and then falling 10-0 in five innings.
“We knew putting Lakota West on the schedule as our opening game was going to be a challenge,” Troy baseball coach Ty Welker said. “But our program has earned putting a team like that on our schedule. We just didn’t quite show up today.
“We walked four guys, hit three and had three uncharacteristic errors. That’s 10 gifts — and seven of those guys scored.”
Sophomore Jacob Adams took the loss, lasting 2 1-3 innings, striking out two and giving up nine runs, six earned.
“Jacob threw 4 2-3 innings last year. He cut that in half today,” Welker said. “But he fought and competed. We knew we were going to struggle on the mound right away experience-wise. And they’re one of the better teams in Cincinnati.”
Jake Daniels was 2 for 2 with a pair of singles for Troy (0-1), which only managed three hits in the game.
Troy begins a four-game homestand Monday by hosting Stebbins — a Greater Western Ohio Conference American League crossover game that now counts in the American North Division standings.
“We knew it was going to be a tough stretch, but the guys will learn from this,” Welker said. “We were a little nervous and played on our heels a bit. We have the character to grow from this.”
PLEASANT HILL — Kristen Rappold and Erin Norman got the wins in a pair of close games as the Newton softball team (2-0) opened the season with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Xenia Saturday, 6-5 and 5-3.
Rappold struck out two and allowed nine hits in the opener, but she also got enough support from the offense — and even helped her own cause, going 2 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs. Kacie Tackett and Haley Pack were each 2 for 4 with an RBI and Baily Chaney was 3 for 4.
In the second game, Norman struck out three and gave up four hits and only one earned run, also going 1 for 3 with two RBIs at the plate, while Pack was 2 for 3 with a double.
Newton travels to Piqua Monday.
COVINGTON — Lexie Long and Emma Dammeyer threw back-to-back shutouts Saturday as the Covington Buccaneers opened the season by sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Valley View, 10-0 and 12-0.
Long struck out seven and allowed only two hits in the opener. Covington struggled at the plate with only four hits, though, with Justice Warner collecting two hits and Kara Schaffer driving in two runs.
The Buccs hammered out 14 hits in the second game, though, with Dammeyer leading the way with three hits and Sarah Hubbard driving in two runs.
Dammeyer was solid on the mound, too, striking out eight in a three-hit shutout.
Covington (2-0) travels to Centerville Monday.
GREENVILLE — Milton-Union (1-1) opened the season with an 11-1 rout of Franklin Monroe Saturday at Greenville, but the Bulldogs dropped the second game to the host Green Wave 3-0.
Olivia Brown got the win in the first game, giving up only three hits while the Bulldogs pounded out 12 hits of their own. Courtney Seevers was 2 for 3 with a double and a home run, Bri Nevels was 3 for 4 with a triple and three RBIs, Bri Stone was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and Hannah Oaks and Annika Hutchinson were both 2 for 4.
Milton-Union only managed two hits against Greenville (2-0), with Kiyha Swartztrauber going 1 for 2 with a double.
Milton-Union travels to Preble Shawnee Monday.
Other scores: Bradford 5, Coldwater 3.
* Track and Field
VERSAILLES — The Covington girls track team was second in the black division at the Lady Tiger Classique Saturday at Versailles, scoring 108 points to host Versailles’ 121.
Natalie Snyder won the 100 hurdles (17.54 seconds). Anna Dunn won the 1,600 (5:33.32) and was third in the 800 (2:33.3). Rayna Horner won the 400 (59.57 seconds). Breanna Kimmel won the 200 (27.22 seconds) and was second in the 100 (13.43 seconds). The 4×400 team won (4:20.54). Lauren Christian won the shot put (37-4) and discus (103-10).
In the orange division, Bradford was sixth with 36 points. Karmen Knepp won the 1,600 (5:30.13) and 3,200 (12:00.68).
Newton was seventh with 27 points. Aliya Stine was second in the 100 (14.01 seconds) and fourth in the 300 hurdles (55.98 seconds).
LEWISBURG — The Bethel track teams dropped a head-t0-head matchup at Tri-County North Saturday, with the girls falling 67-55 and the boys falling 82-44.
For the girls, Kayla Grable won the long jump and 800, Rachel Sebastian won the 3,200 and was second in the 1,600. Kaitlyn Balkcom won the 1,600 and was second in the 800. Sophia Yarwick was second in the long jump, Rachel Larsen was second in the 200, Brielle Gatrell was second in the high jump, Hannah Marzolf was second in the shot put and discus and Ashley Newton was second in the 400.
For the boys, Korry Hamlin won the 1,600 and 800. The 4×800 team of Hamlin, Connor Whelan and Keaton and Colton Smith also won, as did the 4×400 team of Hamlin, Peyton Chapman, Chris Ahrens and Samuel Pahal and the 4×200 team of Wyatt Leet, Tristan Johnson, Ahrens and Garrett Gatrell. Whelan also won the 300 hurdles, Peyton Inman was second in the 110 and 300 hurdles and Colton Smith was second in the 800.
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