PREBLE COUNTY — Eaton’s varsity baseball team split a pair of games with Brookville this past week. The Eagles are now 4-1 in Southwestern Buckeye League division play and 8-3 overall.
Eaton remains near the top of the SWBL Southwestern Division standings trailing Oakwood who finished the week unbeaten in league play at 3-0 and 11-1 overall. Franklin is also near the top of the standings at 3-1. The Wildcats’ lone loss is to Eaton, with a second game against the Eagles to be completed later this season.
The Eagles opened with week with a 4-1 win at Brookville on Monday, April 10. On Wednesday, Eaton hosted Brookville and struggled offensively. The Eagles were shut out for the first time this season in a 3-0 loss.
The Eagles came into this week with a full schedule of SWBL matchups ahead of them. They were scheduled to play pair of games against Monroe on Monday and Tuesday, April 17 and 18. They will then take on Valley View on Wednesday and Friday.
Eaton will then play five straight non-division games before a key set of games against Oakwood.
If the Eagles are able to keep pace with Oakwood, they will have a chance to battle for the division title with a pair of games against the Lumberjacks in the final week of the SWBL schedule.
North 6-0 in CCC
Tri-County North improved to 6-0 in the Cross County Conference with wins over Newton (3-2), Tri-Village (4-1) and Ansonia (13-4) last week.
North closed out the week with a pair of losses to Union County (Ind.), 12-2 and 11-2 on Saturday.
North was scheduled to play Bethel on Tuesday. The Panthers will host Covington on Thursday and will close out the week with a trip to Springfield Northwestern on Friday.
Shawnee drops 3 of 4
Preble Shawnee dropped three of its four games last week. Shawnee fell 5-0 to Waynesville on Monday, April 10 and dropped a second game to the Spartans on Wednesday, 10-1.
The Arrows fell to Carlisle on Friday, 20-1.
Shawnee’s lone win of the week was an 8-0 decision over Dixie on Tuesday.
The Arrows (4-6, 2-6 SWBL Buckeye) was scheduled to play Carlisle on Monday, April 17 and host New Miami on Tuesday. They will close out the week with a trip to Monroe on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.
TVS splits pair
Twin Valley South dropped to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the Cross County Conference after a 14-2 loss to Newton on Wednesday, April 12.
The Panthers collected an 8-1 win over Mississinawa Valley on Tuesday with Tanner Upchurch getting the win. Travis Lovely added a home run.
South was scheduled to play Dayton Christian on Monday and Ansonia on Tuesday. The Panthers will host Franklin-Monroe on Wednesday and travel to Bethel on Thursday. On Friday, South will host Preble Shawnee.
NT drops two
National Trail lost the first game of a doubleheader to Valley View 7-4 on Saturday. National Trail led going into the 6th inning, but could not hold on as Valley View scored six runs to take the lead.
National Trail had 10 hits to Valley View’s two, but National Trail pitchers walked 11 batters in the game. Offensively, Peyton Lane, Logan Petitt, Peyton Miller and Trey Mann collected two hits a piece during the game.
The Blazers lost the second game of the doubleheader, 9-8. Again, National Trail walked a total of 11 batters in the game while giving up seven hits. National Trail out hit Valley View 22 to 9 in the doubleheader, but gave up a total of 22 walks.
Offensively, National Trail was led by Peyton Miller with three hits. Peyton Lane and Trey Mann also had two hits while Dalton Mason had a double that scored two runs. The loss brings the Blazers’ season record to 3-8.
On Friday, National Trail beat Bethel 7-6 to improve its record to 2-3 in the CCC.
Logan Petitt pitched four scoreless innings before giving up five runs in the bottom of the 5th. Hunter Lee got National Trail out of the jam and earned the win. Travis Hunt closed the game out with a save.
Offensively, Travis Hunt led National Trail in hitting going 3-for-3. Peyton Miller had two hits along with Trey Mann who had two RBI.
On Thursday, the Blazers beat Ansonia 9-7. Peyton Miller had a strong pitching performance in striking out 15 batters while walking just one. The offense was led by Trey Mann who went 2-for-3 with three runs batted in.
On Tuesday, Trail fell to Tri-Village 3-1.
National Trail lost to Tri Village by a score of 3-1. Freshman Peyton Lane pitched a great game in going the distance and giving up five hits and only one earned run.
The Blazers opened the week with a 16-6 loss to Bethel on Monday.
Trail lost to Bradford by a score of 16-6.
Offensively, the Blazers were led by Peyton Lane and Angel Garabito. Each had three hits with Lane driving in two runs and Garabito knocking in one with a triple. Isaac Plankenhorn also contributed two hits.
Trail was scheduled to play Monday against Newton and Tuesday against Covington. Trail is scheduled to visit Miami East on Thursday, Seton Catholic (Richmond, Ind.) on Friday and Stivers School For the Arts on Saturday for a doubleheader.
(Deron Newman contributed to this article)
Eaton senior Bradley Curry took the mound against Brookville on Wednesday, April 12. Curry was able to keep the Blue Devils offense in check, but the Eaton offense struggled. Brookville came away with a 3-0 loss.
Reach Eddie Mowen Jr. at 937-683-4056 or on Twitter @emowen_RH.