Troy defeated Butler in a pair of GWOC North games last week, opening the week with a 6-3 victory, and capped it with a 5-1 victory.
In their second game of two, Camryn Moeller pitched a one-hitter in the win for the Trojans. She only allowed a leadoff bunt single to start the game, and didn’t allow another hit.
“It was a clean game for us on defense,” said Troy coach Dan Cain. “We had a couple of throwing errors from our young third baseman but that was likely due to nerves. Outside of that we were solid defensively. We played great small ball and ran the bases well.”
Moeller led off the game with a double and came around to score on an error to lead off things for the Trojans offense. Natalie Henson delivered with three hits for Troy, while Lainee Poling and Josie Rohlfs each reached on two bunt hits.
On the prior day, the Trojans used a solid five innings from Hallie Snyder, with good relief from Henson and Hannah Wright in the win.
“We did a lot of small ball stuff again, and played good defense,” Cain said.
With the wins, Troy is now 10-3 overall and 5-1 in the GWOC.
Troy also lost to Northmont 4-1 and Newton 16-6 last week.
Baseball- What a difference a day makes for the Troy Trojans.
The Trojans ran into a buzzsaw in the GWOC North last week as they played a home/away series with division leading Vandalia Butler, as the Trojans tried to hand the Aviators their first loss of the season.
In their first game at Troy, the Aviators used a five-run third inning to take command early, and roll to a 7-0 victory over Troy. The next night, Butler again shut down the Troy offense, and escaped with a 2-0 victory to run their record to 14-0 overall and 6-0 in the league. Troy fell to 3-3 in the league.
Butler threatened in the first inning with two runners on base against Troy starter Jared Bair but the Trojans senior escaped without any damage done.
Troy came back with a major threat of their own in their half of the first. Hayden Kotwica singled and on a pickoff attempt, an error allowed Kotwica to move all the way around to third base after Brandon Emery struck out. Troy left the runner at third and the game was scoreless heading to the second.
Butler put together five runs in the third inning to open an insurmountable lead as the Trojans offense continued to struggle.
Butler added another run in the fourth to go up 6-0. The Trojans threatened by getting their leadoff runners on as Bair doubled, but Mitch Gremling struck out the next three batters to leave the runner in scoring position.
The Trojans had runners at first and third in the fifth but a double play ended that threat. Butler ended the scoring in the sixth inning.
The following day, Troy’s offense again was held off the board as they lost 2-0.