Tippecanoe baseball holds off Troy in MVL action


TIPP CITY — It was another big win for the Tippecanoe baseball team Tuesday night at Tippecanoe Junior High.

And another frustrating game for Troy with runners in scoring position.

The Red Devils won their eighth straight game by jumping out to a 6-0 lead and holding on for a 7-5 victory over the Trojam.

“This is eight wins in a row for us,” TIppecanoe coach Bryan Gronski said. “That’s exactly what we did (they were able to hang on for the win). We have been in some games like this. Our pitchers did a good job (getting out of jams).”

Tipp improved to 12-4 overall and 7-2 in the MVL with the win, while Troy dropped to 12-3 overall and 8-2 in the MVL, leaving both teams one game behind Butler in the league standings.

Troy left 11 runners on in the game, twice leaving the bases loaded.

“I don’t know the exact numbers (with runners in scoring position),” Troy coach Ty Welker said. “But, we were miserable once again (with runners in scoring position).We just don’t seem to do what we need to do to put the ball in play. We took too many fastballs early in the count. We had too many strikeouts looking.”

Tipp got on the board with two runs in the second.

Max Dunaway had a leadoff single, went to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on Jacob Kramer’s sacrifice bunt and scored on Brayden Bottles sacrifice fly.

Landon Turner had a double to score Jaxon Hill, who was hit by a pitch.

“I thought those runs were important to give us confidence,” Gronski said. “We had a sacrfice bunt, which led to a sacrifice fly.”

Tipp put Troy in a big hole in the third, scoring four runs on two hits to make it 6-0.

Tyler Minnich started the inning with a single and four walks forced in two runs, before Turner capped the rally with a two-run single.

“We didn’t compete on the mound early in the game,” Welker said. “Jacob Lucas did a good job coming in and keeping us in there. But, you can’t do that against a good team.”

Troy began to chip away at the deficit.

Two walks and a hit batter in the fourth inning loaded the bases. Trayce Mercer had a two-run single and Eli Donnan scored from third on a perfectly executed double steal with Mercer taking second base — making it 6-3.

The Trojans added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to get within 6-5.

Owen Harlamert had a leadoff single in the fifth and would score when Donnan reached on an error.

In the sixth, Connor Hutchinson reached on a single and would score on Hayden Frey’s two-out single.

“There were some situations where pitches that were balls could have been strikes,” Gronski said. “But, our pitchers did a good job not letting that bother them.”

Tipp got a big insurance run in the home sixth after two were out.

Josh Dietz walked and scored on DJ Martin’s double.

“I thought that was a big run,” Gronski said.

In the seventh, a hit batter and two walks loaded the bases for Troy.

But, Preston Zumwalt got a ground out to finish off the win for Tipp.

Max Dunaway and Zumwalt combined on a six-hitter, striking out nine, walking eight and hitting a batter.

Turner was 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Brian Allen and Lucas combined on an eight-hitter for Troy, with four strikeouts, eight walks and one hit batter.

The two teams will play against Thursday at the Market Street diamond in Troy.

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