Thursday roundup: Big game by Geis helps Botkins beat Russia


By Bryant Billing - bbilling@sidneydailynews.com



BOTKINS — Botkins sophomore pitcher Parker Geis help the Trojans pick up a big Shelby County Athletic League win by defeating Russia 6-3 at home on Thursday.

Geis pitched a complete game, giving up just one earned run on three hits. He had eight strikeouts.

The Trojans took a 3-0 lead in the first inning after Ethan Motter hit a 2 RBI single and a wild pitch allowed Tristen Burns to score.

Two Botkins errors allowed Russia to cut the lead to 3-2 in the third inning.

In the fifth, Botkins got a big two-out RBI from Jack Liesner to stretch the lead to 4-2. Two batters later, Spencer Heuker came away with a 2 RBI double to score Liesner and Bryce Metz and extend the lead to 6-2.

Russia scored a run in the seventh, but its comeback attempt fell short. Botkins turned a double play in the inning to shut down any hopes of a late rally.

Botkins coach Jason Jones said Isaac Cisco, Anthony Opperman, Logan Heitkamp, Heuker, Liesner and Burns all made big plays on defense to help hold Russia in check throughout the game.

Anna 11, Houston 1

The Rockets scored three runs in the sixth inning to earn a run-rule SCAL victory on Thursday in Anna. They scored one run in the second to take a 1-0 lead, then scored five in the third to run away.

Anna had 12 hits and three errors while Houston had five hits and four errors.

Brayden Collier was 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs for the Rockets. He had a triple and also scored two runs. Andrew Scully, Jarred Siegle, Carter Elliott and Wil Luthman were all 2 for 4. Luthman had a double and had 2 RBIs.

Cole Maurer picked up the win on the mound. He gave up three hits in five innings and had nine strikeouts.

Howie Ludwig was charged with the loss. He allowed five earned runs on seven hits in four innings and had 10 strikeouts.

Fort Loramie 10, Jackson Center 0

The Redskins earned a run-rule SCAL win in five innings on Thursday in Fort Loramie. They scored three runs in each of the first three innings and then scored one in the fourth.

Jackson Center managed one hit against three Fort Loramie pitchers and had one error. The Redskins had seven hits and one error.

Nathan Raterman picked up the win for Fort Loramie. He didn’t allow a hit in 2 2/3 innings and had six strikeouts and one walk.

Jacob Francis was charged with the loss. He allowed seven earned runs on six hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings and had one strikeout.

Raterman and Carter Mescher both doubled. Mescher was 1 for 1 at the plate and also drew two walks.

Aidan Reichert doubled for the Tigers.

Minster 10, Delphos St. John’s 9

The Wildcats built a 9-0 lead through the first 3.5 innings but had to hold on to earn a road Midwest Athletic Conference win on Thursday.

St. John’s scored four runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings and trailed 10-8 heading into the last inning. The Blue Jays scored one run in the seventh, but Ethan Lehmkuhl struck out the last two batters to end the game.

Lehmkuhl earned a save. He allowed one earned run on five hits in two innings and had five strikeouts. Noah Enneking picked up the win. He allowed four earned runs on six hits in five innings and had six strikeouts. Jacob Niemeyer pitched in the sixth and allowed four earned runs on three hits without recording an out.

Leadoff hitter Jack Olberding was 3 for 4 with 2 RBIs. He hit a home run and also hit a triple. Trent Roetgerman and Jacob Niemeyer both had two hits. Jack Heitbrink had a triple.

New Bremen 16, New Knoxville 0

New Bremen pitchers Ryan Bertke and Ben Kuck combined to throw a no-hitter as the Cardinals earned a five-inning MAC win over the Rangers on Thursday.

Bertke pitched three innings and struck out nine batters while walking two. Kuck pitched the last two innings and struck out five.

The Cardinals had 16 hits and no errors. New Knoxville had one error.

Bertke, Grant Selby, Aaron Vonderhaar, Zach Bertke and Bryce Blickle each had two hits. Zach Bertke and Ryan Bertke each had two doubles while Selby and Mitchell Hays both had one. Hays, the leadoff hitter, had a team-high 3 RBIs.

Fairbanks 20, Riverside 2

The Pirates gave up 12 runs in the first two innings in a five-inning nonconference loss on the road on Thursday.

Fairbanks had 15 hits and one error while Riverside had eight hits and six errors.

Justin Ritzma was charged with the loss for Riverside. He allowed seven earned runs on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Harley Asbury was 2 for 3 at the plate and Brody Rhoads was 1 for 1 with one walk.

Versailles 4, Marion Local 3

Versailles held off a rally attempt by Marion Local on Thursday to earn a home MAC win.

The Flyers scored one run in the seventh and had runners on third and first with one out, but the Tigers didn’t allow another run. Versailles pitcher Garrett Toops fielded a groundout and threw back to home plate for a force out for the second out, then Marion Local’s last batter hit into a routine out to end it.

Toops earned the win after pitching a complete game. He allowed two earned runs on three hits in seven innings and had five strikeouts and one walk.

Each team scored one run in the first. The Tigers scored three runs on four hits and a walk in the fifth to take control.

Versailles had six hits and two errors while the Flyers had three hits and three errors.

Will Eversole hit a double for the Tigers and had 1 RBI.

SOFTBALL

Miamisburg 3, Sidney 1

The Yellow Jackets dropped a road nonconference game on Thursday. Miamisburg scored one run in the second and two in the third to take a 3-0 lead and held on from there.

Sidney pitcher Lauren Barker had seven strikeouts and three walks in seven innings. Naida Stevens was 2 for 4 at the plate with 1 RBI and stole three bases. Heidi Aselage was 2 for 3.

Houston 3, Anna 0

The Wildcats earned a road Shelby County Athletic League victory on Thursday.

It was a pitcher’s duel for the first four innings, then Houston scored one run in each of the last three innings to secure the victory.

Peyton New was 2 for 3 while Olivia Bowser was 2 for 4 for Houston. Emilee Foster picked up the win in the circle.

Olivia Place and Brielle Collier were both 2 for 3 for Anna. Eliana Crosson was charged with the loss in the circle.

Fort Loramie 11, Jackson Center 0

The Redskins stopped a three-game losing streak and picked up an SCAL win on Thursday in Fort Loramie. They had 11 hits and one error while Jackson Center had one hit and two errors.

The Tigers’ lone hit came when Ashley Mullenhour led off the first inning with a single. Fort Loramie pitcher Aleah Frilling didn’t allow another hit and gave up one walk the rest of the way while striking out 11 batters.

Frilling was 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and hit a solo home run. Ellie Holthaus was 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs and two runs and Cassidy Albers was 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Holthaus and Clara Gephart each had a triple and Albers had a double.

Kenleigh Fortner was charged with the loss in the circle. She allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings and had one strikeout.

Lehman Catholic 17, Fairlawn 1

The Cavaliers earned a big nonconference win in six innings on Thursday at Fairlawn. They had 12 hits and one error while Fairlawn had two hits and five errors.

Lehman led 3-0 after four innings but scored six runs in the fifth and eight in the sixth to run away.

Annie Stiver picked up the win in the circle. She had six strikeouts and gave up six walks.

Angela Brunner was 4 for 5 at the plate, including two doubles. Olivia Lucia was 2 for 2 and had a double, while Grace Monnin was 2 for 3. Anna Cianciolo had two singles.

Skylar Jones was charged with the loss. She allowed four earned runs on six hits in five innings and had two strikeouts with four walks.

Madison Pierce doubled for Fairlawn.

Russia 10, Botkins 0

The Raiders scored two runs in the sixth inning to close out a run-rule SCAL win on Friday in Botkins. They had eight hits and two errors while Botkins had three hits and four errors.

Sophie Francis earned the win in the circle. She pitched a complete game and had five strikeouts with one walk.

Jenna Cordonnier was 2 for 4 with 1 RBI for Russia. Shea Borchers and Ashley Scott each had 2 RBIs. Borchers and Olivia Moorman each had a double.

Courtney Sutton was charged with the loss for Botkins. She allowed five earned runs in six innings and had 10 strikeouts with three walks.

Sutton had a double at the plate.

Riverside 13, Bellefontaine 5

The Pirates earned a road nonconference win on Thursday. Riverside had 11 hits and five errors while the Chieftains had five hits and five errors.

Riverside scored five runs in the first two innings to take control. Bellefontaine scored four runs thanks to several errors by the Pirates in the third, but Riverside scored three runs in each the fifth and sixth innings to pull away.

Shelby Giles started in the circle and picked up the win. She allowed three earned runs on four hits in three innings with one strikeout. Jalynn Stanley pitched the last four innings and allowed one unearned run and two hits with five strikeouts.

Stanley was 3 for 5 at the plate with 4 RBIs. She hit a home run. Sierra Snow was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and Malaina Jenkins had a double.

Versailles 12, Marion Local 8

Versailles scored four runs on five hits in the top of the seventh inning to break a tie, then retired the Flyers in order in the bottom half to earn a road MAC win on Thursday.

The Tigers had 15 hits and five errors while Marion Local had three hits and five errors.

Tara Fritscher was 3 for 5 for Versailles with 5 RBIs. She had two doubles. Hannah Barga, Makenzie Knore, Caitlin McEldowney, Lauren Monnin and Faith Huddle each had two hits. Abby Stammen had a triple and McEldowney had a double. Knore scored a team-high three runs.

Monnin earned the win in the circle. She allowed one earned run on one hit in four innings and had one strikeout with three walks.

BOYS TENNIS

Sidney 5, Fairborn 0

The Yellow Jackets earned a big Greater Western Ohio Conference crossover win Thursday in Fairborn.

Prem Dev won 6-0, 6-0 at first singles. Grant Hoying won 6-2, 6-1 at second singles and Akansh Mani won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles.

TJ Leonard and Broc Bey won 6-3, 7-5 at first doubles and Kazuma Okada and Jersain Brux won 3-6, 6-4, 10-6 at second doubles.

By Bryant Billing

bbilling@sidneydailynews.com

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