By Josh Brown
TROY — Home sweet home.
The Troy tennis team opened up the home portion of its season Thursday afternoon, sweeping Fairborn 5-0 in a Greater Western Ohio Conference American League crossover matchup — with the Trojans not dropping a single game in the match.
At first singles, Shane Essick won 6-0, 6-0. At second singles, Elijah Sadler won 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Andrew Magoteaux won 6-0, 6-0.
At first doubles, Nathan Kleptz and Nick Prus won 6-0, 6-0. At second doubles, Sean Dippold and Jack Goodall won 6-0, 6-0.
Troy (1-1, 1-0 GWOC American North Division) was scheduled to play at Fairmont Friday. The Trojans travel to Northmont Monday and Stebbins Tuesday before returning home to host Tecumseh.
Other scores: Oakwood 3, Milton-Union (2-1) 2.
TROY — As a tough stretch to open the season winded down, Troy baseball coach Ty Welker was the most upset after Thursday’s loss.
The Trojans (1-4) jumped out in front against a talented Centerville team but fell behind, remaining in the game all the way until the final inning where the Elks scored four runs to ice a 10-4 victory Thursday at Market Street Field — Troy’s fourth loss to a quality opponent in opening week.
“I’m a little more disappointed today. We put ourselves in a position to win, and at the end of the game we just didn’t do the things we needed to do to win.We trailed 5-3 going into the fifth and 6-4 going into the seventh and just couldn’t get it done.”
Troy began the season with a loss at district tournament regular Lakota West on Saturday and won a league game Monday against Stebbins. After that, Troy was shut out by Springboro 2-0 and Beavercreek 4-0 on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, before Thursday’s loss. The combined record of those last three teams? 8-2.
That was no consolation for the Trojans, though.
“We want to win, and we want to win now,” Welker said. “We’re young and we’re growing, sure. But last year we beat all the teams we were supposed to beat and didn’t really have any wins against teams we weren’t supposed to beat. Over the five years before that, we beat a lot of teams we probably weren’t supposed to beat. We were the underdog, and we came through.
“I felt like last night was the first time we put ourselves in position to win one of those games, and we did not do that. Our goal is to beat teams we maybe aren’t expected to. We need to get that mentality back. We haven’t done it yet, but we will.”
Jacob Adams took the loss, pitching the first two innings and giving up five runs, three earned. Derek McDonagh pitched the next three, giving up one unearned run and Chase Weaver pitched the final two innings, giving up the four seventh-inning runs — only two earned.
Keiran Williams led the offense, going 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Jake Daniel doubled and had two RBIs and Brandon Emery was 2 for 4 with a double.
“Our last five batters in the lineup were 0 for today, and we struck out 10 times,” Welker said. “We’re still not swinging at fastballs, we’re getting deep and behind in counts and being forced to swing at tough pitches. We had too many errors today, too.”
Troy hosts Waynesville Saturday to finish off a busy first seven days before a Monday-Tuesday division series against Greenville.
Miami East 4,
Miss Valley 2
CASSTOWN — Miami East starter Austin Rutledge shut down Mississinawa Valley Thursday afternoon, and the Vikings put away the game with a two-run sixth inning to hold on for a narrow 4-2 Cross County Conference victory.
Adam Ott was 2 for 3 and Colton Purves, Rutledge, Jacob Arthur and Brandon Wilson each had a hit for the Vikings (3-2, 2-0 CCC), with Purves also picking up the save on the mound.
Other scores: Tippecanoe 11, Danbury (Oh.) 1. Milton-Union (4-1, 3-0 SWBL Buckeye) 18, Northridge 7. Wayne 6, Piqua 1. Tri-County North 11, Bradford 1.
DAYTON — The Milton-Union softball team piled up 26 hits Thursday against Northridge, routing the Polar Bears on the road 23-10 in five innings in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play.
Kristen Dickison was 2 for 2 with three RBIs, Bre Nevell was 3 for 3 with a double, Maddie Brown was 2 for 2 with a double, Abby Hissong was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Kallie Browning tripled as the Bulldogs (2-3, 1-2 SWBL Buckeye) scored 12 first-inning runs and never looked back. Katie Lehman, Lizzie Oaks and Mercedes Farmer each had two RBIs, Courtney Seevers was 3 for 3, Taylor Jacobs was 2 for 2 and Hannah Oaks was 2 for 3.
Jacobs also got the win on the mound, pitching the first five innings and striking out five.
Miss. Valley 12,
Miami East 11
CASSTOWN — Miami East put itself in position to win Thursday afternoon against Mississinawa Valley in Cross County Conference play, but in the end the Blackhawks rallied to tie the game in the seventh and held on for a 12-11 victory in eight innings over the winless Vikings.
With Miami East leading 7-5 in the final inning, Mississinawa Valley plated two in the top of the seventh to tie the score and force extras. The Blackhawks scored five in the top of the eighth to take charge, and the Vikings answered with four in the bottom of the inning, their own rally falling just short.
Other scores: Springboro 5, Piqua 2.
Rain and thunderstorms Thursday afternoon caused the cancellation of some of that day’s action, while overnight rains forced a wider array of postponements Friday afternoon.
On Thursday, Bethel baseball and softball at Tri-Village was postponed, as was Newton at Covington baseball and softball and Bradford at Tri-County North softball.
Friday, though, there were even more cancellations.
Troy softball’s game at Tecumseh was postponed, as was a track and field quad at Stebbins, where the Trojans were set to compete.
Milton-Union baseball and softball’s home games against Northridge were postponed. Also in baseball, Troy Christian’s home game against Arcanum, Miami East’s game at West Liberty-Salem, Piqua’s game at Trotwood, Bradford’s home game against Fairlawn and Lehman’s home game against New Knoxville were all postponed. And in softball, Tippecanoe’s home opener against Xenia was postponed and rescheduled for April 12, and Covington at New Bremer, Piqua at Trotwood and Bradford at Versailles were also postponed.
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