By Josh Brown
TROY — After a rocky start to the season on Saturday, the Troy baseball team won the one that counted.
The Trojans returned home to Market Street Field Monday to host Stebbins in a Greater Western Ohio Conference American League crossover game — one which now counts toward the North Division standings — and Hayden Kotwica pitched a gem in a 9-0 victory over the Indians to make Troy 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the GWOC American North.
Kotwica struck out six in six innings of work, while Chase Weaver struck out the side in his one inning to seal the shutout.
Brandon Emery led the offense with two RBIs, Jake Daniel doubled and had an RBI and Keiran Williams, Tyler Brandenburg, Matt McGillivary and Weaver each drove in one run.
Troy’s game against Springboro Tuesday was moved to Springboro, and results were not available at time of press. The Trojans host Beavercreek Wednesday.
Preble Shawnee 2
CAMDEN — Milton-Union’s Levi Booher pitched a complete game Monday, striking out five and giving up only four hits and two runs as the Bulldogs took care of Preble Shawnee in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play, 8-2.
Kiefer Jones was 3 for 5 with three RBIs in the game as the Bulldogs scored its eight runs on six total hits and four Arrow errors.
Milton-Union, now 2-1 after splitting a season-opening doubleheader with Urbana on Saturday, will host Preble Shawnee Wednesday.
Ft. Walton Beach 6,
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. — Tippecanoe struggled offensively other than one big swing of Justyn Eichbaum’s bat Monday night, and the Red Devils committed three uncharacteristic errors that led to a five-run second inning for Fort Walton Beach (Fla.) as the Devils lost their season opener 6-5 to begin their Florida trip.
Eichbaum hit a game-tying three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning to make the score 5-5, but host Fort Walton Beach plated the game-winner in the bottom of the sixth and held on from there. Bradley Calhoun took the loss on the mound in relief.
The Devils’ (0-1) trip continued Tuesday with a game against Hudson (Ohio), and Tippecanoe will take on Decatur Heritage (Al.) Wednesday.
Miami East 2
CASSTOWN — After splitting a doubleheader against West Carrollton to begin the new season, the Miami East Vikings dropped a narrow 3-2 defeat in eight innings to Northeastern Monday, falling to 1-2 on the season.
Austin Rutledge was 2 for 4 and Mitchell Vernon doubled to lead the Vikings’ offense, and Cam Coomes took the loss on the mound.
New Knoxville 19,
COVINGTON — Covington lost 19-18 to New Knoxville Monday in a game stopped by darkness after five innings.
“It is what it is,” Covington baseball coach Mitch Hirsch said. “We were trying to save our top three (pitchers) because we have some league games coming up and I’m sure they were doing the same thing. When you have 27 games scheduled in six weeks, you have to try and manage your pitchers the best you can.”
In all, both teams combined to allow 26 free bases — 19 walks and seven hit batters — compared to a combined 19 hits. There were more runs (27) than hits (19) and both teams committed four errors apiece.
For Covington (0-2), Nathan Blei, Kenny Atkinson and Tristin Sowers each had two hits, while Atkinson drove in five runs. Both Blei and Gage Kerrigan drove in two runs each.
National Trail 3
NEW PARIS — The Scott Beeler era for the Troy softball team got off to a solid start Monday.
The Trojans got a solid pitching performance by Hallie Snyder and contributions all over on offense to put away a 6-3 victory over National Trail on the road in Beeler’s first game as the team’s new head coach.
An RBI single by Lauryn Rutan capped off a two-run first inning for the Trojans, and Troy (1-0) got another run in the third before putting the game away with a three-run fifth. Madison Potts drove in a run, and then Snyder drove home a pair of insurance runs herself with a two-run double.
Snyder made that stand up on the mound, too, scattering four hits and three walks and striking out two to get the complete game win.
Troy opens the home portion of its season Thursday at Wayne.
Preble Shawnee 3,
CAMDEN — Milton-Union grabbed a two-run lead in the fifth inning Monday, only to give up three runs in the bottom of the sixth and fall 3-2 to Preble Shawnee on the road to open Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
Taylor Jacobs was 3 for 4 and Courtney Seevers was 2 for 3 for the Bulldogs (1-2, 0-1 SWBL Buckeye), who committed six errors in the game defensively. Olivia Brown took the loss on the mound.
Milton-Union hosts Preble Shawnee Wednesday.
Miami East 2
CASSTOWN — Miami East fell behind early and never got going offensively, then Northeastern put the game away with a seven-run sixth inning in a 15-2 Viking loss Monday.
Alyssa Francis had one of the Vikings’ two hits and an RBI, and Emily Adkins had the other hit. Paige Lawson took the loss on the mound.
New Bremen 5,
NEW BREMEN — Bailey Wysong doubled for Bradford Monday at New Bremen, but the Railroaders only managed three hits in a 5-4 loss to fall to 1-1 on the season.
Holly Rosengarten took the loss, striking out two in five innings of work.
Other Monday scores: Tippecanoe 17, Fairbanks 6. Shawnee 8, Tippecanoe 5.
CENTERVILLE — The Troy tennis team opened the new season on the road facing one of the better teams in the Dayton area, falling at Centerville 3-2.
At second singles, Elijah Sadler won 7-5, 6-4, and at third singles, Andrew Magoteaux won 6-2, 6-4. At first singles, Shane Essick dropped a hard-fought match against Josh Giambattista 6-3, 6-3.
At first doubles, Nick Prus and Jack Johnston lost 6-0, 6-2. At second doubles, Nathan Kleptz and Anoop Patel lost 6-1, 6-4.
“It was a tough match to open the season, but all three singles players played well,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said. “Nice wins for Elijah and Andrew, while Shane just missed some key points that could have swung both sets in his favor. And the doubles teams need to improve consistency, but Centerville’s teams were both strong.”
Troy hosts Fairborn Thursday.
Kenton Ridge 0
SPRINGFIELD — Lehman kicked off the season with a 5-0 sweep at Kenton Ridge Monday, starting off the year 1-0.
At first singles, Griffin West won 7-6 (6), 6-3. At second singles, Sam Ritze won 6-0, 6-4. At third singles, Elijah Jock won 7-5, 6-1. At first doubles, Ryan Goettemoeller and Danny Lins won 6-1, 6-0. At second doubles, Sean Toner and Elias Bezy won 7-6 (2), 3-6, 1-0 (10-7).
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