By Josh Brown
PLEASANT HILL — The Newton softball team faced off against last year’s Cross County Conference champion Arcanum Monday, and they did so while honoring a player who recently was in a car accident.
The Indians rallied late, with a three-run homer by Brooke Deeter tying the game and Kacie Tackett winning it with a RBI double in the eighth to propel Newton (9-1, 3-0 Cross County Conference) to a 10-9 victory at home.
“The number 14 was on the left field fence tonight, representing Britney Oburn, who was in a car accident this week and is still in the hospital with a broken femur,” Newton coach Mark Gibson said. “The game didn’t start out the way we wanted, and at one point we had the girls look out at left field to the No. 14, and I told them, ‘That is why you are playing tonight. Not for yourself, but for her, your teammate, your sister that can’t be here tonight.’ And they responded almost immediately.”
Deeter finished the game 2 for 4 with two homers and four RBIs, while Haley Pack ws 2 for 5 with two home runs and four RBIs. Kylee Fisher was also 2 for 4 with an RBI and Tackett was 3 for 5 with the game-winning RBI double.
Kristen Rappold got the win, striking out four, walking six, hitting two and giving up 11 hits.
“The passion and heart the girls showed tonight, playing for Brit, was unbelievable,” Gibson said. “We knew Arcanum was going to test us, but this was our night. Tonight was for Brit.”
SIDNEY — Troy left a total of six runners stranded in scoring position through the first four innings and never were able to get anyone around, struggling offensively in a 7-0 loss at Sidney Monday in Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division play.
Kearston Riley had two hits for the Trojans (3-4, 1-3 GWOC American North), who hosted Sidney Tuesday.
WEST MILTON — Following a 1-2 trip to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. last week, the Milton-Union Bulldogs returned home Monday to take on Carlisle in Southwestern Buckeye League Buckeye Division play, falling 10-1 to drop to 5-5 on the season and 1-3 in the division.
Taylor Jacobs was 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI for the Bulldogs, who were outhit 16-4 in the game.
Milton-Union travels to Carlisle Wednesday to complete the series.
Other scores: Tippecanoe (4-6, 2-1 GWOC American North) 13, Piqua (4-6, 3-2 GWOC American North) 11.
PIQUA — Tippecanoe remained unbeaten in Greater Western Ohio Conference American North Division play Monday, with Evan Ford pitching a two-hit shutout in five innings at Piqua in an 11-0 victory.
Ford struck out four and walked one to post the shutout over the Indians. And leading Tippecanoe (6-3, 3-0 GWOC American North) at the plate, Justyn Eichbaum hit a two-run homer, Clay Barhorst was 2 for 2 with two RBIs, Bradley Calhoun was 2 for 3 and Austin Subler doubled.
PLEASANT HILL — Newton took on two-time defending Cross County Conference champion Arcanum Monday, and starter Treg Jackson kept his perfect record intact in a 7-1 victory at Newton.
Jackson scattered six hits and a walk while striking out eight to improve to 4-0 on the season, with Newton improving to 11-1 as a team and 2-1 in the CCC. Ryan Mollette was 2 for 4 with a double and Charlie Walker, Rhett Gipe, Austin Evans and Nate Zielinski each drove in a run in the game.
Other scores: Carlisle 7, Milton-Union (5-4, 3-1 SWBL Buckeye) 4.
KETTERING — The Troy tennis team got its toughest test since facing Centerville on the season’s opening day.
The Trojans also passed it.
Troy (5-1) won its fifth straight Monday at Fairmont, sweeping the doubles spots and picking up a victory at third singles to edge the Firebirds 3-2.
At third singles, Andrew Magoteaux defeated Ethan Webb 6-1, 6-1. At first doubles, Jack Johnston and Nick Prus defeated Raj Jagu and Tyler Juhasz 6-2, 7-6 (3). At second doubles, Nathan Kleptz and Anoop Patel defeated Danny Hosford and Aidan Robillard 6-2, 7-5.
At first singles, Shane Essick lost to Murad Nawaz 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. At second singles, Elijah Sadler lost to Jake Haas 6-3, 6-2.
“It was a great team win against a very good Fairmont team,” Troy coach Mark Goldner said. “Shane played one of the best players in the area and lost a hard-fought three-set match. Andrew came through at third with a big singles win.
“Both doubles teams needed to win to pull out the team victory, and they came through. Jack and Nick were the last players on the court — and pulled out the deciding point by winning 7-3 in a tiebreaker. It was a total team effort for the win.”
Summit Country Day 2
CINCINNATI — Milton-Union (4-1) traveled to Summit Country Day Monday to play in the OTCA Team Tournament, advancing to the next round by sweeping all three singles spots for a narrow 3-2 victory.
At first singles, Philip Brumbaugh won 6-4, 6-3. At second singles, Nathan Brumbaugh won 6-4, 6-0. At third singles, Nick Brumbaugh won 6-1, 6-1.
At first doubles, Caleb Black and Shawn Ruby lost 6-1, 4-6, 10-7. At second doubles, Adam Knepper and Matt Brown lost 3-6, 6-4, 10-2.
DAYTON — The Tippecanoe Red Devils (2-3) split a pair of matches Monday, falling 4-1 to Chaminade Julienne but defeating Bellefontaine 5-0.
Against the Eagles, Colin Achterberg got the Devils’ lone win at first singles, winning 6-4, 6-1. At second singles, Evan Hill lost 6-4, 6-4. At third singles, Arthur Jones lost 7-5, 6-0. At first doubles, Noah Blake and Ian Stewart lost 6-2, 5-7, 6-2. At second doubles, Christian Blake and Levi Berning lost 6-2, 7-6.
Against the Chieftains, Stewart won at first singles 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (7-5). At second singles, Hill won 6-0, 6-0. At third singles, Blake Moran won. At first doubles, Achterberg and Christian Blake won 6-0, 6-1. At second doubles, David Shinninger and Berning won 6-0, 6-0.
SIDNEY — The Lehman Cavaliers improved to 4-1 on the season Monday, holding off Elida for a hard-fought 4-1 win.
At second singles, Sam Ritze won 6-1, 6-0. At third singles, Elijah Jock won 6-4, 4-6, 6-2. At first doubles, Ryan Goetemoeller and Danny Lins won 6-1, 6-3.
At first singles, Griffin West lost 7-6 (5), 6-2, and Lehman lost at second doubles, as well.
“This was a great team win (Lehman coach Tim Ungericht said. “Great win in the deciding match by freshman Elijah Jock. It is amazing how far he has progressed, as he just started playing tennis at our first practice on March 6.”
Lehman travels to Catholic Central Wednesday.
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