RUSSIA — Fort Loramie plated two runs in the top of the sixth to overtake Russia, and made it stand up for a key 3-2 victory in County baseball action Monday at Russia.
A loss would have dropped the Redskins two games back in the standings, but now they are 5-1 in County play and second behind 5-0 Anna. Russia suffered its first league loss and is now 4-1.
Overall, Russia still has the league’s best record at 10-3, and Loramie is 8-7. The Redskins play another league game tonight at Jackson Center.
The game was a pitcher’s duel, and the Redskins came out on top despite managing just four hits off starter Hunter Cohee and reliever Jack Dapore of the Raiders.
Russia got a run in the bottom of the second, Loramie tied it with a run in the fourth, then Russia scored in the bottom of the fifth for a 2-1 lead.
In the sixth, however, the Redskins plated two and took the lead. Devin Wehrman started the inning with a base hit, then Shane Hilgefort was hit by a pitch. There were no more hits in the inning, but a walk and two wild pitches enabled the Redskins to take the lead.
Hilgefort drove in Loramie’s first run in the fourth with a base hit to score Carter Siegel, who singled and stole second.
Russia got its first two hitters on in the bottom of the seventh, but Daniel Berning came on to put out the fire and preserve the win for the Redskins.
Dylan Albers had a double for Loramie, and Kevin Drees had two of Russia seven singles.
Jared Middendorf was the winner, scattering six hits while striking out six and walking just one. Cohee was the loser, and he and Dapore struck out six but walked seven.
Loramie`000 102 0—3`4`2
Russia`010 010 0—2`7`1
Middendorf (WP), Berning (7) (Save) and Berning, Billing (7); Cohee (LP), Dapore (6) and Drees.
Records: Loramie 8-7, Russia 10-3.
Anna 18, Fairlawn 2
ANNA — Anna scored 10 times in the bottom of the first and coasted to a run-rule victory over Fairlawn, 18-2, in County play Monday at Anna.
The Rockets remained unbeaten in league play at 5-0 and moved to 7-4 overall. Fairlawn is 0-5 and 1-6.
For Anna, Caleb Kaufman was 3-for-4 with a triple, three runs scored and two runs batted in. Aidan Endsley, Zach White, Seth Stiefel and Jarred Seigle all had two hits, with Stiefel driving in three runs, and Kaufman and Seigle two each. Kaufman also scored three times, and Endsley, White, Derek Coverstone and Seigle all scored twice.
Cole Maurer allowed just one hit and struck out seven in three innings for the Rockets.
• Anna lost on Saturday 13-1 at home against Minster.
The Rockets managed just three hits and committed five errors.
Isaac Schmiesing had a single, a double and scored three runs for Minster, Ben Stubbs drove in three runs, and Alex Lehmkuhl had a double and drove in two.
Osborne (LP), Krebs (2) and Hina; Maurer (WP), Seigel (4) and White, Briggs.
Records: Anna 7-4, Fairlawn 1-6.
Houston 6, JC 5
JACKSON CENTER — Houston trailed nearly the entire way after Jackson Center’s four-run first, but the Wildcats battled back and pulled out a 6-5 County win in action Monday at Jackson.
Houston is 2-3 in the league and 5-8 overall. Jackson is 1-4 and 2-8.
Houston had seven hits, two of them by Hickerson. Howie Ludwig had a triple and Dylan Hensley a double. Hickerson also drove in two runs.
For Jackson, Corbin Murphy had two hits and drove in two, and Jansen Frye had two RBIs. Jacob Francis and Murphy both had doubles.
Houston`011 021 1—6`7`0
Jackson`400 000 1—5`6`6
WP: Hensley; LP: Francis
Records: Houston 5-8, JC 2-8.
Piqua 8, Sidney 7
PIQUA — Sidney battled back from a 6-0 deficit early to pull within 6-5, but Piqua hung on for an 8-7 win over the Jackets in Greater Western Ohio Conference North baseball action Monday.
The Jackets fell to 1-7 in the North and 5-11 overall heading into a rematch today at home against the Indians.
Piqua exploded for six runs in the third to break a scoreless tie, but Sidney came back with five of its own in the fourth.
With one out, Caleb Harris singled and Kyle Noble walked. Then with two outs, Harris scored when Zane Walker reached on an error and Anthony Brussels walked to load the bases. Dillon King’s two-run single made it a 6-3 game and after Austin McLain reached on an error to load the bases again, Cole Hoffman drilled a two-run single to get Sidney within 6-5.
But the Indians added two more in the fifth. Sidney came up with two in the seventh, one scoring on Kyle Noble’s triple and the other on a fielder’s choice.
King and Harris both had two hits, King drove in two, and Harris and Noble both scored twice.
Sidney`000 500 2—7`7`1
Piqua`060 020 x—8`11`4
WP: Smith; LP: Beer
Records: Sidney 5-11, Piqua 7-9.
Lehman 6, Miami East 5
Lehman led most of the way, only to fall behind in the fifth inning. But they responded in the bottom of the inning and escaped with a 6-5 non-league win over Miami East.
The Cavaliers go to 10-2 overall and are back in action today at Waynesfield.
Lehman led 4-0 after scoring twice in each of the first and third innings, but East scored three in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead. But a clutch two-run single by Owen Smith put the Cavaliers back on top for good.
Parker Riley remained unbeaten over the last two seasons with a route-going effort. He fanned five and walked only one while allowing six hits.
For Lehman, Dylan Arnold had two hits and scored three times, Bryce Kennedy had two hits and drove in three, Owen Smith drove in three and Tyler Lachey scored three times.
One of Kennedy’s hits was a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the first.
For East, Arthur singled and doubled, Rutledge had two hits and Hayes scored twice.
Miami East`000 320 0—5`6`1
Lehman`202 020 x—6`6`2
Purves, Vernon (5) (LP) and Wargo; Riley and Smith.
Records: Lehman 10-2, Miami East 6-6.