TROY — The anti-climatic finish belies a fad both teams supposing before Piqua Post 184 emerged with a 7-6 win over Troy Post in 11 innings Friday night to allege to a championship turn of a American Legion district round tournament.
Piqua, 25-10, rallied twice, while Troy rallied once in a diversion that took dual days to finish before Piqua literally “walked” divided with a win.
In a home 11th inning, Piqua’s Travis Smith was strike by a representation and Logan Harris singled. Troy inaugurated to travel Howie Ludwig intentionally to bucket a bases with no outs and set adult a force during each base.
Michael Ashcraft afterwards walked on 4 pitches to force in Smith and give Piqua a win.
Piqua now needs dual wins over Sidney Post 217 to allege to a state tournament.
The initial diversion will be played during 7 p.m. Saturday, with a second diversion on Sunday, if necessary.
The diversion had started on Thursday.
And only like in Troy’s win Tuesday in a district contest opener, Troy jumped out to a 3-0 lead in a opening inning.
Piqua cut it to 3-2 in a third.
Dylan Arnold singled, stole second and third and scored on Will Eversole’s scapegoat fly.
After Smith walked, he would come around to measure on a singular by Harris to cut a necessity to 3-2.
That was still a measure when a diversion was stopped in a fifth inning by sleet — before being resumed Friday night.
Troy took a 4-2 lead in a seventh.
A throwing blunder on Anthony Steele’s fielder’s choice scored Mitchell Lindsey, who had also reached on a fielder’s choice.
But, Piqua answered with 3 runs in a home seventh on a start of a large night for Smith.
His dual run double scored Arnold and Eversole, who had both singled, to tie a game.
Then Smith came in on a upheld round to give Piqua a 5-4 lead.
But, that lead was brief lived.
Josh Osterholt incited in a gutsy bid on a pile for Piqua, pitching into a ninth inning and throwing 120 pitches.
But, with dual out, Troy Powers had a two-run triple to measure Austin Kendall and Lindsey, who had both singled to give Troy a 6-5 lead. Smith came in to get a final out and blanked Troy a rest of a way.
Smith afterwards had a one-out triple in a ninth and when a chuck went into a Troy dugout, he scored to tie a diversion during 6 and force additional innings.
In Troy’s 11th, Steele and Powers both walked, though Smith got a called third strike with runners on second and third to finish a inning and set Piqua adult for a win in a home 11th.