GREENVILLE — Sidney is one win away from a perfect season in league play after riding the overpowering pitching of Josh Nixon to an easy run-rule victory over Greenville Tuesday on the road, 16-0.
The win put Sidney at 5-0 in the league with just one game left, Thursday night at home against Troy. The league tournament will then begin next week in Troy and Greenville, with the winner punching their ticket to the State Legion Tournament in Lancaster July 27-31.
“Josh had great stuff and located it in the right spots,” said Sidney coach Jim Koewler. “And everyone had their hitting shoes on and played solid defense.”
Nixon struck out 13 Greenville hitters and walked just one, while allowing only two hits.
Nixon also led Sidney offensively, with three singles and a triple in what was a memorable game for the University of Dayton-bound standout. Austin McLain and Brett McEldowney added three singles apiece and Drew Wehrman and Kyle Subler both singled twice.
Sidney got two in the top of the first after two were out. Subler walked and stole second, then Nixon walked and also stole a base. They came home on McEldowney’s base hit.
In the second, Sidney added four more, with Dakota Bollinger reaching on an error, Noble coaxing a walk, McLain, Subler and Nixon all singling and Wehrman launching a sacrifice fly.
Sidney added two more in the third to make it 8-0. With two out, Bollinger singled, Noble was hit by a pitch, Carter Mescher reached on a fielder’s choice, and McLain and Wehrman both singled.
Nixon’s triple and McEldowney’s single plated a run in the fourth, and two more came home in the fifth on singles by Wehrman and Subler and two Greenville errors.
Sidney then put up five more in the seventh. Nixon, McEldowney, Jackson Hobbs, Mescher and McLain all singled around a Bollinger walk.
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Tonight — vs. Troy at Custenborder Field, 6:30
Friday — 3 Oaks, Michigan at Custenborder Field, 6:00
Sunday — Findlay at Custenborder Field, doubleheader, 1 p.m.