PREBLE COUNTY — Mother Nature was the big winner as most of the baseball and softball games scheduled for last week were rained out, but a few county teams did manage to get in a game or two as the regular season winds down.
Tournament play for softball is scheduled to begin this week, while the postseason for baseball is slated to start next week.
Teams are also scheduled to conclude regular season play this week.
Eaton maintains lead in SWBL
DAYTON – Eaton’s baseball team went on the road Monday, May 2 and defeated Oakwood 12-0 in six innings to remain unbeaten in the Southwestern Buckeye League.
The Eagles scored a run in the first then added four more in the second. Eaton closed out the scoring with four runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth.
JT Gels was 1-for-2 with a homer run and two RBIs. Theo Winings was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Brady Rice added a triple and two RBIs.
Jakob Keller, Christian Reyna and Reid Tinstman each added a double.
Brock Ebright walked twice and scored three runs.
Tinstman pitched a complete game allowing just four hits and striking out seven.
Eaton (14-2, 10-0 SWBL) was scheduled to host Waynesville on Monday, May 9 and travel to Beavercreek on Tuesday. They are to host Madison on Wednesday and close out the regular season against SWBL East Division winner Bellbrook.
Trail knocks off North
NEW PARIS – National Trail scored four times in the bottom of the first and made those runs hold up as the Blazers held on to beat Tri-County North, 4-3, on Wednesday, May 4, in a Western Ohio Athletic Conference baseball game.
Bergan Hoffman was 1-for-3 and drove in two runs. Cooper Lee and Jonathon McLane each drove in a run.
North added a run in the fourth and scored twice more in the sixth to get within a run.
On Monday, Trail fell to Marion Local 5-4. Ben Browning was 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI for Trail.
The Blazers closed out the week with a 6-1 win over Dixie in 13 innings. Trail scored a run in the first then added five in the 13th to pick up the win.
Wyatt House had two hits and drove in three runs.
Also on Monday, North fell to visiting Troy Christian 20-1 and the Panthers closed out the week with a 15-5 win over Middletown Christian.
Trail (8-9, 6-4 WOAC) has a full schedule of game this week. The Blazers were scheduled to play Troy Christian on Monday and Lehman Catholic on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Trail will visit Northridge then play at Franklin Monroe on Thursday and Stebbins on Friday.
North (10-7, 6-4 WOAC) was scheduled to host Ansonia on Monday and they will host Valley View on Wednesday.
Shawnee wins pair
CAMDEN – Preble Shawnee’s baseball team picked a pair of league wins last week. The Arrows defeated Franklin Monroe 4-0 behind a one-hitter from pitcher Grady Hutchinson.
The Arrows scored twice in the first then added a run in the fifth and sixth to get the win.
Zane Adams, Xander Davidson, Hutchinson, Colton Strong and Ethan Woodard all had hits for Shawnee.
On Wednesday, Shawnee beat Tri-Village 3-1. Adams, Brayden Doran, Hutchinson, Cooper Roell and Gavin Schmidt all had hits.
Adams picked up with win. He allowed five this and struck out 10.
Shawnee (6-9, 5-4 WOAC), was scheduled to play Legacy Christian on Monday, May 9 and Ansonia on Tuesday. The Arrows will play Dixie on Thursday and will travel to Monroe on Friday and Edgewood on Saturday.
Trail roughs up North
NEW PARIS – National Trail’s softball team scored early and often on its way to a 9-1 win over visiting Tri-County North on Wednesday, May 4.
The Blazers scored three in the first, one in the second and three more in the third for a 7-0 lead. They added two more in the sixth for a 9-0 lead.
North scored its lone run in the seventh.
J’da Jackson had a triple and two RBIs. Haley Davidson added a triple and drove in two runs. Zoey Lee, Jenna Petitt, Ashton Voiles and Skyler Ward each had two hits.
Ward earned the win in the circle allowing one run and just three hits, while striking out seven.
Trail opened the week with a 2-1 win over Versailles.
Shawnee wins pair of WOAC games
CAMDEN – Preble Shawnee beat Franklin Monroe 7-3 on Monday and downed Tri-Village 3-1 on Wednesday.
Delaney Klapper had two hits, including a home run in the win over F-M. Addison Sargent-Eckert had two hits and two RBIs.
The Arrows were scheduled to begin postseason play on Monday, May 9 at Waynesville.
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