Sidney welcomed the Miami Valley’s best Division 1 team to town on Monday in Greater Western Ohio Conference American North action, and kept the game close for six innings.
But the Vandalia Aviators, the No. 1-ranked team in the latest Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Poll and the No. 4-ranked team in Ohio, plated three in the top of the sixth to win 9-4 over the Jackets and run their record on the year to 17-2.
The Jackets drop to 5-15, and the two teams meet again today at Vandalia.
Sidney led 2-1 after two innings, but the Aviators plated three in the third. Sidney got a run in the third to stay within one, but couldn’t hold the Aviators off in the late innings.
For the Jackets, Conor Beer was 2-for-3 with a triple and drove in two runs, and Austin McLain and Kaine Fischer were both 2-for-3. Cole Hofmann added a double.
Vandalia`013 013 1—9`8`1
Sidney`021 001 0—4`8`5
WP: Norman; LP: Harris
Records: Vandalia 17-2, Sidney 5-15.
Anna 13, Houston 1
HOUSTON — Anna is on a roll at the right time of the season, beating Houston 13-1 Monday for its sixth consecutive victory.
The verdict gave Anna a win to start the second round, after the Rockets completed the first round a perfect 6-0. They maintain their one-game lead over the Russia Raiders, and are now 12-4 on the season.
Russia and Anna meet today in a big league matchup.
Houston falls to 3-5 and 6-12.
Two Anna pitchers, Aidan Endsley and Jarred Seigle, held Houston to just four hits.
The Rockets had 14, with Endsley leading the way with three. He drove in three and scored twice.
Zach White had a big day at the plate. He was 2-for-4 and his hits were a home run and a triple. He also drove in three and scored two.
Colin Wuebker singled, doubled, drove in two and scored two, and Nathan Frilling singled and doubled and scored twice. Caleb Kaufman singled and doubled and Derek Coverstone had two singles.
Endsley (WP), Seigle (5) and White; Hensley (LP), D. Beaver (3) and Trent.
Records: Anna 12-4, Houston 6-12.
COUNTY STANDINGS — Anna 7-0 (12-4), Russia 6-1 (14-4), Fort Loramie 7-2 (11-9), Houston 3-5 (6-12) , Botkins 2-5 (4-10), Jackson Center 1-6 (3-11) , Fairlawn 0-7 (1-10).
Loramie 12, Botkins 1
FORT LORAMIE — The Fort Loramie Redskins stayed in the hunt in the County race with a 12-1 run-rule verdict over Botkins Monday.
The Redskins are now 7-2 in the league and 11-9 overall. Botkins drops to 2-5 and 4-11.
The Redskins got all of their runs in the first three innings, punctuated by a six-run third.
Dylan Albers had a single and a double, and Jared Middendorf had three singles in three trips.
For Botkins, Tristan Burns had two hits.
WP: Rosengarten; LP: Jutte
Records: Loramie 11-9, Botkins 4-11.
Russia 16, JC 1
JACKSON CENTER — Russia broke open a close game with nine runs in top of the third and went on to a 16-1 victory over Jackson Center in County play Monday.
The win put the Raiders at 6-1 in the league and 14-4 overall and kept them one game behind the Anna Rockets. Russia plays at Anna today.
Jackson is now 1-6 and 3-11.
Drew Sherman had three hits to lead the Raiders, and two of them were doubles. Daniel Kearns was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, Keven Drees was 2-for-4 and drove in two, Clay George had a double and Daril Lavy belted a solo home run.
Jacob Francis had two hits for the Tigers, one being a double.
WP: Sherman; LP: Elchert
Records: Russia 14-4, JC 3-11.
Riverside 7, NB 6, 10 innings
DEGRAFF — Tyler Sanford singled home Hayden Robinson in the bottom of the seventh to bring an end to a thriller in non-league baseball action Monday at Riverside.
The run gave the Pirates a 7-6 victory in 10 innings over the Cardinals, running Riverside’s record to 12-8 going into a big game at Lehman today.
New Bremen led 4-1 early and took a 6-5 lead into the seventh, only to have the Pirates tie it up with a run.
The loss left Bremen at 8-8 on the season.
Riverside got two hits from Sanford and a double from Robinson.
New Bremen got two hits each from four different hitters, including Charlie Sailer, Luke Vonderhaar, Grant Selby and Caleb Alig. Nolan Bornhorst had a home run and Sailer and Alig both had doubles.
Bremen`130 110 000 0—6`11`3
Riverside`101 120 100 1—7`9`1
WP: Long, LP: Vonderhaar
Records: Riverside 12-8, New Bremen 8-8.
Lehman 23, Fairlawn 0
Lehman tuned up for its big league game today against Riverside by routing the Fairlawn Jets 23-0 in non-league action Monday.
Lehman is now 13-2 on the year.
Fairlawn lost its 10th in a row since winning the season opener.