The challenge of getting games in early in the season can be overwhelming for many program due to the unpredictable weather and how facilities hold up. Fortunately, many teams were able to get win some games this week despite the cold, windy, wet, miserable weather that consumed the end of March.
Here’s a rundown of games over the past week.
MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2022
TIPPECANOE 3 – LAFAYETTE 0
The Red Devils defeated Lafayette 3-0 on Monday in their season opener Tippecanoe scored a run each in the first, second and fifth, while holding Lafayette scoreless.
The Red Devils had 7 hits and played error-free ball in the field, while Lafayette had 7 hits and no errors.
TUESDAY, MARCH 29, 2022
BETHEL 7 – RIVERSIDE 6
On Tuesday the Bethel Bees opened their season with a hard-fought 7-6 win over Riverside in Three Rivers Conference action. The big inning for the Bees came in a four-run fourth inning.
Bethel recorded 7 hits and allowed just two hits to the Pirates behind the arms of sophomores Braylon Schroeder and Elijah Schroeder. The duo combined to strike out 12 batters. Luke Gray led Bethel with three hits on four at bats and scored three runs.
SOUTH WALTON 9 – TIPPECANOE 5
Tippecanoe lost to South Walton 9-5 on Tuesday, falling to 1-1 on the young season. The Red Devils had seven runs and two errors in the contest.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2022
MILTON-UNION 10 – LEHMAN CATHOLIC 3
Milton-Union used a 7-run fourth inning to overcome a 2-0 deficit and take command in a 10-3 victory over Lehman on Wednesday in its season opener.
Senior Micah Russel, Sophomore Peyton Nichiols and freshman Wyatt Kimmel combined to hold the Cavaliers to just five hits, while recording nine strikeouts.
Kimmel went 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored, while Nathan Morter had two hits on four at bats. In all, the Bulldogs racked up nine hits.
PIQUA 13 – SPRINGFIELD 8
Piqua won its season opener on Wednesday, beating Springfield 13-8. The Indians plated 4 runs in the first and 2 in the third, but fell behind 8-2 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. Fortunately for the Indians, they were able to get hot at the right time with a seven-run sixth inning to pull away for the 13-8 win.
Piqua tallied 10 hits in the contest and took advantage of four fielding errors by Springfield.
BETHEL 13 – COVINGTON 1
Bethel moved to 2-0 on Wednesday with a 13-1 run rule victory over rival Covington on Wednesday. The Bees took control early with 8 runs in the first, then scored 2 in the second and 3 in the fourth. Covington’s lone win came in the top of the first. Bethel pounded out 13 hits, while Covington had 3 hits.
Luke Gray picked up the win on the hill or Bethel as he went 4 finings and allowed just two hits and one run. Bryce Ballard tossed the fifth inning to pick up the save.
Seven Bees recorded hits in the contest, with Grant Bean, Kyle Brueckman, Braylon Schroeder and Elijah Schroeder each connecting on two hits each.
NATIONAL TRAIL 11 – BRADFORD 8
Bradford dropped its season opener on Wednesday to National Trail 11-8. The Railroaders scored two runs in the first, two in the third, one in the fifth and three in the seventh to go along with 9 hits in the contest.
TIPPECANOE 5 – OLENTANGY BERLIN 3
Tippecanoe rebounded from its first loss of the season by defeating Olentangy Berlin 5-3 on Wednesday. The Red Devils scored their five runs on five hits, while committing just 1 error in the field.
NEWTON 11 – SPRINGFIELD CENTRAL CATHOLIC 0
The Newton Indians run ruled Springfield Central Catholic 11-0 in five innings on Wednesday thanks to an 11-run onslaught in the bottom of the third inning.
Carson Kupp went four-and-two-third innings and held the Irish to just one hit. Ty Schauer recorded the final out in the fifth to end the contest.
Lane Bayer, Ty Schauer and Colin Tacket led the Indians at the plate. Bayer drove in three runs, w while Schauer drove in two runs and Tacket had a big hit to drove in a run.
THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2022
NEWTON 10 – TWIN VALLEY SOUTH 3
Newton improved to 2-0 with a convincing 10-3 win over Twin Valley South on Thursday. The Indians plated a run in the first and ninth runs in the second to build a 10-0 lead.
Twin Valley South prevented the run rule with three runs in the top of the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the inevitable. The Indians racked up nine hits in the contest and allowed seven hits.
TIPPECANOE 3 – HUDSON 1
Tippecanoe improved to 3-1 on the season with a 3-1 win over Hudson on Thursday. The Red Devils connected on four hits and had 1 error.
FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2022
TROY 11 – WEST CARROLLTON 2
Troy improved to 3-0 with a convincing 11-2 win over West Carrollton on Friday. Brian Allen picked up the win on the hill as he went five innings with 19 strikeouts and allowing just six hits. Caleb Akins recorded the same as he went two innings with out allowing a hit. Akins struck out four batters.
Nick Kawecki led the Trojans at the plate by going 3-for-3 with three RBI.
NEWTON 14 – FAIRLAWN 0
The Indians remained unbeaten at 3-0 with a 14-0 win over Fairlawn on Friday. Newton scored two in the first, one in the second, eight in the third and three in the fourth. Hudson Montgomery hurdled a no-hitter in five innings of work and recorded seven strikeouts. He also went 4-4 at the plate with a triple and 3 RBI.
MIAMI EAST 9 – ANNA 8
Miami East defeated Anna 9-8 on Friday to improve to 3-1 on the season. The Vikings connected on seven hits and limited Anna to just two hits, but three Miami East errors kept the Rockets in the game.
Ethan Howell picked up the win for Miami East, while Nathan Wooley led the way at the plate with two doubles. Connor Apple, Austin Francis, Austin Monnin, Gage Butz and Jonah Blauvelt also connected on hits for Miami East.
FRANKLIN MONROE 18 – MILTON-UNION 1
The Bulldogs had a rough outing on Friday, falling to Franklin Monroe 18-1 in five innings. The downfall for Milton-Union was a 14-run third inning by the Jets. Nathan Morter, Ben Schommer, Nathan Thompson and Eric Trittschuh all picked up hits for the Bulldogs, who dropped to 1-1.
CHOCTAWHATCHEE 8 – TIPPECANOE 2
The Red Devils dropped to 3-2 on the season with an 8-2 loss to Choctawhatchee on Friday. Tipp connected on 6 hits and had 3 errors.
SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2022
TROY 1 – COLDWATER 0
Troy scored a run in the opening inning on Saturday against Coldwater and it was the only run it needed in a 1-0 win. The entire game was a defensive dual as both teams combined for just four hits, three by the Trojans.
Jacob Lucas and Hayden Frey combined on the one-hitter with Lucas going five innings with five strikeouts and Frey throwing two inning with two strikeouts.
Caleb Akins scored the lone run for the Trojans.
TECUMSEH 13 – PIQUA 2
Piqua fell to Tecumseh 13-2 on Saturday. The game was knotted at 1-1 until Tecumseh broke the game open with 2 runs in the fourth, 7 in the fifth and 3 in the sixth. The Indians plated a run in the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the run rule.
I all, Piqua had 5 hits and 3 errors, while Tecumseh had 11 hits and 0 errors.
BRADFORD 13 – RIVERSIDE 2 / RIVERSIDE 7 – BRADFORD 2
The Bradford Railroaders spilt a pair of games with Riverside in a double-header on Saturday. Bradford won 13-2 and then dropped the other game 7-2 to the Pirates.