Troy baseball improves to 4-2 with win over Xenia Friday


TROY — Troy baseball coach Ty Welker knows there will be tougher games ahead.

But, with a young team — after graduating 16 seniors a year ago — Welker is not complaining after a third straight win in five innings in three days to improve to 4-2 overall and go 3-0 in the MVL.

“We can only deal with what the other team puts out there,” Welker said after an 11-1 win over Xenia at the Market Street Diamond Friday. “I expect a close game (when Troy travels to Xenia Monday). When you lose 16 seniors, you are really not sure what to expect.”

Caleb Akins pitched four shutout innings and combined with Liam Evilsizor on a six-hitter, striking out nine and walking two.

“I am not sure Caleb (Akins) had his best stuff today,” Welker said. “He had to grind those first two innings and he did a great job battling out there. And we didn’t want Liam (Evilsizor) to have to throw three or four innings, in case we needed him on Monday.”

The first 10 Trojan batters reached base in the opening inning as they took a 6-0 lead.

After Aidan Gorman was hit by a pitch, Akins helped himself with a RBI triple to get Troy on the board.

Gorman would scored on a wild pitch, Brady O’Leary would drill a two-run double, Evan Kaiser had a RBi single and Gorman would be hit by a pitch for the second time in inning — this time with the bases loaded to force in a run to make it 6-0 before the rally ended.

“Our pitching has been pretty good,” Welker said. “The two games we lost in Kentucky, we had a lot of walks. When you walk people you are going to get beat. Defensively we are as good as we have been and we are doing a better job hitting. Especially in the first inning tonight.”

Troy scored two runs in the second, two runs in the third and one in the fourth.

In the second, Ryder Kirtley hit his third home run of the season and Matthew Hempker would double and score on a wild pitch.

In the third, Kirtley would double and score and Carson Riddle had a sacrifice fly.

In the fourth, Gorman turned a short fly ball to right field into a triple and scored on a single by Evilsizor.

Kirtley was 3-for-4 in the game and O’Leary was 2-for-3 and the Trojans had another five inning win.

“I will go to battle with this group anytime,” Welker said. “They are really doing a good job.”

And look forward to tougher games in the future.

Sports Editor Rob Kiser can be reached at [email protected]

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