Tuesday roundup: Sidney upsets Tecumseh to advance to sectional final


By Bryant Billing - bbilling@sidneydailynews.com



NEW CARLISLE — Sidney earned a 10-2 upset victory over Tecumseh in a Division I sectional baseball opener on Tuesday.

The Yellow Jackets are the No. 16 seed in the Dayton Div. I sectional and entered postseason play with a 5-19 overall record while Tecumseh was the No. 7 seed and entered with a 14-10 record.

But it was Sidney that dominated from the beginning. The Yellow Jackets scored four runs on four hits in the first inning and then added six runs on two hits, three walks and an error in the fourth to put the game away.

Mitch Larger pitched a complete game on the mound for Sidney. He allowed one earned run and struck out seven batters while allowing four walks.

Brandan Rose was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs for Sidney while Carson Taylor was 1 for 2 with two walks and two runs. Lathan Jones was 1 for 3 with 1 RBI, one walk and two runs. EJ Davis hit one double and had 3 RBIs. Caleb Harris had three stolen bases.

Sidney had eight hits against five Tecumseh pitchers and drew six walks. The Arrows had five hits. Both teams committed two errors.

The Yellow Jackets advance to face No. 6 Miamisburg in a sectional final on Thursday. The Vikings, which had first-round bye, will host Thursday’s game.

Riverside 1, Houston 0

Riverside held off several scoring challenges by the Wildcats and earned a victory in a Division IV sectional opener on Tuesday in Houston.

Houston stranded seven runners, including one on third and one on second in the bottom of the seventh.

Levi Godwin picked up the win on the mound. He pitched a complete game and gave up two hits and two walks while striking out five.

Howie Ludwig was charged with the loss. He pitched a complete game and allowed three hits and three walks while striking out 12.

The Pirates scored in the second inning. Justin Ritzma walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second after a sacrifice bunt. Hunter Hubble then hit a line-drive single to right field to move Ritzma to third. He then scored on a passed ball with Braeden Steely at the plate.

Riverside committed four errors while Houston committed three.

The game was originally scheduled for Monday but was postponed to Tuesday due to wet field conditions.

Riverside, which is the Sidney D-IV sectional’s No. 10 seed, advanced to face No. 6 Russia in a sectional final on Wednesday.

Ansonia 6, Botkins 5

The Tigers broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the fifth inning and held on to oust Botkins in a Div. IV sectional opener on Tuesday in Ansonia.

No. 11 seed Ansonia had nine hits and three errors while No. 12 Botkins had seven hits and one error.

Jack Leisner was charged with the loss for Botkins. He allowed three earned runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings and had one strikeout and one walk.

Spencer Heuker and Tristen Burns were each 2 for 4 with 1 RBI and one run for Botkins. Parker Geis hit a double.

It was the final game of the season for Botkins, which finished 5-17 overall.

Softball

Minster 15, Ridgemont 3

Minster scored seven runs in the first inning and cruised from there to a victory in a Division IV district semifinal on Tuesday in Wapakoneta.

The Wildcats, which are the district’s No. 1 seed, advance to face No. 2 New Bremen in a district final on Thursday in Wapakoneta. The game was originally scheduled for Friday but was moved to Thursday due to forecasted thunderstorms on Friday.

Minster had 16 hits and one error while Ridgemont had three hits and four errors.

Jenna Poeppelman earned the win in the circle. She pitched 3 1/3 innings and didn’t allow a hit or a walk. She had seven strikeouts.

Taylor Homan and Poeppelman were each 3 for 4 at the plate. Poeppelman hit a home run and had a game-high 4 RBIs while Homan hit a triple and scored a game-high three runs.

Lindsey Albers, Emily Stubbs and Kaitlyn Wolf each had two hits for Minster. Albers hit one double and one triple while Wolf hit a triple. Stubbs hit one double.

Minster will look for its second win over New Bremen this season on Thursday. The Wildcats beat the Cardinals 13-1 in six innings on April 18.

New Bremen 6, Marion Local 5

New Bremen rallied late to win a Div. IV district semifinal on Tuesday in Wapakoneta and earn a rematch with rival Minster in a district final on Thursday.

Marion Local scored four runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to take a 5-2 lead heading into the last inning but the Cardinals scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to earn the win.

Taylor Paul hit a two-run triple to bring New Bremen within one run. She was thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice by Abbi Thieman to give Marion Local two outs.

Hannah Tenkman hit an infield single to keep the inning alive, then Kelly Naylor was intentionally walked. Molly Smith then hit a line-drive double to left field to score two runs and give the Cardinals the win.

New Bremen had 11 hits and four errors while Marion Local had eight hits and no errors.

Erin Smith earned the win in the circle. She pitched one inning and gave up one walk and no hits.

Erin Smith, Ashton Heitkamp and Tenkman each had two hits. Erin Smith hit a double and Molly Smith led the team with 3 RBIs.

The Cardinals, which are the district’s No. 2 seed, advance to face No. 1 Minster in a district final on Thursday in Wapakoneta. The game was originally scheduled for Friday but was moved to Thursday due to forecasted thunderstorms on Friday.

Benjamin Logan 7, Versailles 0

The Raiders scored all their runs in the first four innings and held Versailles to one hit in a Division III district semifinal on Tuesday at Miami East.

Tara Fritscher was charged with the loss for Versailles. She pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed four earned runs on four hits and four walks. She had three strikeouts.

Abby Stammen picked up Versailles’ hit.

The Tigers struck out 14 times against Ben Logan pitcher Grace Deardurff, who didn’t allow a walk.

Versailles, which was the Dayton D-III sectional’s No. 9 seed, finishes 12-10 overall.

Track and field

Area athletes earn regional berths at district meet

The Division III district track and field meet got underway on Tuesday at Alexander Stadium in Piqua. Most events were preliminaries, but some finals were held.

Three area girls squads advanced to regionals by finishing in the top four in the 3,200 relay. Russia was second in 10:05, Fort Loramie was third in 10:15 and Lehman Catholic was fourth in 10:36.

Three area girls advanced to regionals in shot put. Botkins’ Grace Homan was second with a throw of 39-11. Houston’s Shelby Ayers was third with 38-0.25 and Mackenzie Wenrick was fourth with 34-4.5.

Fort Loramie’s Abby Wrasman finished third in high jump with 5-1 to advance to regionals.

Three area boys squads finished in the top four in the 3,200 relay to earn a regional berth. Fort Loramie finished first in 8:22 while Houston was second in 8:27. Russia was fourth in 8:46.

Fort Loramie’s Collin Detrick and Connor Raterman earned regional berths by finishing in the top four in discus. Detrick was second with a throw of 140-7 while Raterman was fourth with 138-3.

The meet will conclude on Saturday morning.

By Bryant Billing

bbilling@sidneydailynews.com

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