SIDNEY — Sidney was coming off a championship in the annual Pemberville Invitational Tuesday night when Troy came to Custenborder Field for a rematch.
The two teams battled for 11 innings before the visitors scored twice in top of the 11th inning to pull out a 5-3 thriller.
The loss left Sidney at 16-9 with Ottawa coming to town Wedndesday night.
Sidney had 10 hits in the game, but stranded 16 runners. Pitchers Bryant McCarty and Jacob Peters did well, allowing 10 hits and striking out seven. But the offense couldn’t get the key hit.
“We had several opportunities to score but could not get the big hit when we needed it,” said coach Jim Koewler. “This was Bryant’s first start of the season and the young man from Russia pitched a strong 81/3 innings. He did a real nice job of keeping the ball down. And Jacob came on and pitched well too. We played hard to the end.”
Troy scored three times in the top of the second on a walk and three singles, and it stayed that way until the eighth inning, when Sidney scored all three of its runs.
Braden Goodwin singled, and after a fielder’s choice, Cam Jenkins, Hunter McMurray and Jace Barga all singled. After a ground out, Cole Proffitt singled to tie the score.
It went to the 11th, and the leadoff hitter for Troy was hit by a pitch. A single and a two-run double followed, and Post 217 was unable to answer in the bottom of the 11th.
Thursday — at Greenville, 9-inning game, 7 p.m.
Saturday — at Findlay, doubleheader, 1 p.m.
Sunday — home vs. Muncie, doubleheader, noon.
Tuesday — at Piqua, 9-inning game, 6:30
Wednesday — home vs. Greenville, 9-inning game, 6:30