By Josh Brown
TROY — After a rain-shortened game on Wednesday, the Troy softball team went extras on Friday to inadvertently make up the difference.
After trailing by one most of Friday’s game against Fairborn — originally scheduled as a road game but moved to Troy due to field conditions — the Trojans (3-3, 1-2 Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division) rallied to force extra innings and plated the game-winning run in the top of the ninth, grabbing a thrilling 2-1 victory in nine innings against the visiting Skyhawks.
Fairborn (2-3, 1-1 GWOC American South) took a 1-0 lead after the first inning, but that’s where things remained for most of the game as Troy’s Hallie Snyder and Fairborn’s Taylor Rice battled it out in a pitchers’ duel. Snyder scattered eight hits and struck out six in the game.
And in the top of the fifth, the Trojans finally evened up the score. Ella Furlong singled but was forced out on a fielder’s choice by Megan Malott — but Josie Rolfs hit an RBI double to bring Malott all the way around to tie the game at 1-1.
That’s the way things remained until the top of the ninth, when Furlong and Malott again kicked off a run-scoring rally. Back-t0-back one-out singles by the duo and a walk to Rohlfs loaded the bases, and Savannah Nelson hit into an RBI fielder’s choice to bring home the eventual game-winning run. Fairborn doubled off a runner on a lineout to end the inning without further damage, but the SKyhawks left the potential tying run stranded at third in the bottom of the inning, and Troy escaped with the win.
The Trojans, who lost 5-4 at Triad in a five-inning rain-shortened game on Wednesday, will face Sidney in a two-game series on Monday and Tuesday, beginning at Sidney Monday.
Catholic Central 3
PLEASANT HILL — The Newton baseball team added a game Friday at home against Catholic Central, with the Indians putting away the Irish 13-3 in five innings.
“We struggled a little defensively early in the game, but after the second inning, we started to get things together,” Newton coach Jordan Kopp said. “We started swinging the bats well and played good defense behind our pitching. They were a good team, too, coming in with only one loss. Overall, it was a good game for us.”
Rhett Gipe went the first three innings on the mound, and Nash Lavy pitched the final two to get credit for the win. Lavy was also 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, Nate Zielinski was 2 for 3 with two RBIs, Charlie Walker was 2 for 3 with a double and Ryan Mollette doubled and had an RBI.
With the win, Newton improved to 8-1 on the season.
FAIRBORN — After snapping a five-game skid on Tuesday, the Troy Trojans dropped a close game against Fairborn on Friday, falling 2-1.
Troy, now 2-7 overall and 2-2 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division, travels to Sidney Monday to begin a two-game series.
TIPP CITY — Tippecanoe could not figure out a tough Fairmont pitcher until it was too late Friday, falling six runs behind and eventually coming up short in a 7-5 loss at home.
“Our pitchers just couldn’t throw their breaking balls or changeups for strikes,” Tippecanoe coach Bruce Cahill said. “We were forced to throw fastballs, and they made the most of it.
“They threw a lefty at us that could throw all of his pitches for strikes, and we didn’t have a good approach in a lot of at-bats. It took us a couple trips through the lineup, but we started to have a better approach. Hopefully, this will be a good learning experience for us.”
Bradley Calhoun was 2 for 3 in the game and also took the loss on the mound. Aaron Hughes went 2 for 4 with a double, Justyn Eichbaum was 2 for 3 with a double and Cade Rogers tripled as Tippecanoe (5-3) fell behind 7-1 before plating four runs in the bottom of the sixth to catch up — though Fairmont (6-2) was able to hold on in the seventh for the win.
Tippecanoe travels to Piqua Monday to begin a two-game division series.
Miami East 0
FAIRBORN — Miami East ran into Versailles’ Cole Niekamp Friday in a game played at Wright State University, with the Vikings being held to only two hits in a 3-0 loss.
Colton Purves, who also took the loss on the mound, and Brandon Wilson each had a hit for the Vikings, who committed five errors in the game defensively. Niekamp went six innings for Versailles (5-1), striking out 10 to get the win.
Other scores: Franklin 15, Milton-Union (4-2) 3. Piqua 16, West Carrollton 15.
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