By Josh Brown
TROY — Through five innings, the Troy baseball team remained competitive.
Then the wheels fell off.
Waynesville scored seven runs in the final two innings, turning what had been a one-run game into a 12-7 victory over Troy Saturday afternoon at Market Street Field — the Trojans’ fourth straight loss.
“We gave up a lot of freebies today,” Troy coach Ty Welker said. “Errors, wild pitches, passed balls, walks, hit batters — that’s what we call freebies. We gave them 16 of those total, and they got 10 runs off of them.”
Troy committed four errors in the game as Braeden Snider took the loss in relief of Derek McDonagh. The Trojans (1-5) took a 4-3 lead after three innings thanks to a three-run double by Chaz Copas in the third inning, but Waynesville (4-1) battled back and took a 5-4 lead after five. The Spartans then scored three in the top of the sixth and four in the seventh to put the game away.
“It was a very poor defensive game from a lot of perspectives,” Welker said. “We pride ourselves on that being a positive part of our game, but we had a lack of execution today. Offensively, we hit the ball and scored seven runs. When we score seven runs, we expect to win the ballgame.”
In addition to Copas’ big hit, Hayden Kotwica went 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI and Keiran Williams went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.
Troy begins Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division play Monday at Greenville.
PLEASANT HILL — After routing Stivers 20-3 on Friday night, the Newton baseball team finished a 6-1 opening week stretch by sweeping a doubleheader against Emmanuel Christian Saturday, winning 10-0 and 7-1 at home.
Treg Jackson got the win in the first game, striking out seven and giving up only one hit in four innings of work. Austin Evans went 3 for 3 with three RBIs to lead the offense, Ryan Mollette was 2 for 3 and scored twice and Nate Zielinski was 1 for 1 with two RBIs.
And in the second game, Mash Lavy pitched all seven innings to get the win, striking out six and scattering four hits. Mollette was 1 for 2 with two RBIs and Troy Denlinger added two RBIs in the win.
Newton hosts Miami East in a Cross County Conference matchup on Tuesday.
Other scores: Covington at Milton-Union ppd. Tecumseh 4, Piqua 3. Marion Local 1, Bradford 0; Marion Local 13, Bradford 2.
SIDNEY — The Milton-Union softball team (3-4) continued to get back on track Saturday afternoon, reaching the .500 mark at 3-3 with a doubleheader sweep a Sidney, winning 7-6 and 14-2.
Taylor Jacobs was the winning pitcher in the opener and also went 2 for 4 at the plate. Masey Gregg carried the big bat, though, going 3 for 4 with a home run, two doubles and two RBIs, and Kallie Browning was 2 for 4.
The Bulldogs pounded out 16 hits in the second game. Gregg was 2 for 2 with a double and two RBIs, Annika Hutchinson was 2 for 5 with a double and three RBIs, Bre Nevels was 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI, Courtney Seevers was 2 for 3 with an RBI, Maddie Brown tripled, Bri Stone doubled and Jacobs was 2 for 4. Mercedes Farmer started the game and went the first two innings on the mound, Olivia Brown threw three innings of relief and Kristen Dickison pitched the final inning.
Milton-Union, which has now won three straight, is off until April 10 when it hosts Carlisle.
Other scores: Marion Local 4, Bradford 3; Bradford 7, Marion Local 0.
* Track and Field
VERSAILLES — Korry Hamlin picked up an indivual victory and a runner-up finish at the Versailles Boys Invitational Saturday, the best local finisher at the meet.
Hamlin won the 1,600 (4:42.16) and was second in the 3,200 (10:28.5), leading the Bees to a ninth-place finish in the black division of the meet with 19 points.
In the orange division, Bradford was sixth with 35.5 points, led by a third-place finish by Kurt Hoover in the 200 (24.82 seconds). Newton was eighth with 23 points, led by a third-place finish by Ethan Cook in the 100 (12 seconds).
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