Troy Post 43 edges Piqua Post 184 to advance to championship game


The Troy American Legion Post 43 Legends trailed Sidney Post 217 5-1 in the third inning Monday at Hardman Field, before weather interrupted the Region 2 championship game.

Troy needs to beat Sidney twice to advance to the state tournament.

Troy pitchers walked eight batters in the first two innings as Sidney jumped out to a 5-0 lead.

After leaving the bases loaded in the first and second innings, Troy broke through in the third.

Owen Harlamert was hit by a pitch and came around to score on Sam Lublow’s sacrifice fly.


Troy 7,

Piqua 6

In a back and forth game, Troy took advantage of two errors in the home sixth to score the winning runs.

Troy had leads of 2-0 and 5-3, but Piqua scored one run in the fifth and added another in the sixth to tie it 5-5.

Zander Ludwig stole home to give Piqua a 6-5 lead.

In the home sixth, Jaxon Hill and Jacob Lucas reached on errors for Troy.

Owen Harlamert had a RBI single to tie the game and Casey Kelley followed with a sacrifice fly to score what would be the winning run.

Piqua had the tying run on second in the seventh with two out, but was unable to score.

Connor Price was 2-for-4 with a double for Troy and Kelley was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Lucas was 2-for-3.

Five Troy pitchers combined on a four-hitter, striking out eight and walking eight.

Josef Bernardi and Caleb Wurster combined on a seven-hitter for Piqua, with three strikeouts and four walks.

They were hurt by four errors and five of Troy’s seven runs were unearned.

Wurster was 2-for-4 with a triple at the plate.


Sidney 8,

Troy 4

Troy took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jacob Lucas walked and Owen Harlamert doubled.

But, Sidney would score three in the third and five in the fourth to go in front 8-1.

In the Troy fourth, Casey Kelley was hit by a pitch, Gabe White singled and Peyton Offenbacher had a RBI single.

Troy got two runs in the sixth to make it 8-4.

Michael Till walked, Peyton Offenbacher reached on an error and Connor Price single.

Jaxon Hill and Lucas followed with RBI singles.

But, that was as close as Troy could get.

Six pitchers combined on a four-hitter, with nine strikeouts. But, 12 walks and two errors led to six unearned runs.

Price was 2-for-4 for Troy.

Piqua 6,

Greenville 1

Piqua defeated Greenville American Legion Post 140 in another elimination game Saturday afternoon.

Piqua took a 3-0 lead in the third inning.

Zack Osborne and Aiden Ike were both hit by a pitch.

Both runners scored when Zavier Ludwig reached on an error.

Dez Warner followed with a RBI single to make it 3-0.

In the third, Ike reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on Ethan Diehart’s RBI single to make it 4-0.

In the fourth, Ludwig was hit by a pitch and scored on Osborne’s single to make it 5-1.

Piqua got the final run in the sixth inning when Ludwig singled and scored when Caleb Wurster reached on an error.

Osborne was 2-for-2 and Diehart was 2-for-3.

Ludwig and Wurster combined on a one-hitter, striking out 10 and walking four.

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