VANDALIA – Considered by many to be a dark horse in the MVL Miami Division, the Piqua Indians picked up a 1-0 statement win at Butler in their season opener. Held to just two hits on the day, the Indians relied on sound defense and opportunistic baser running to take home the early victory.
Piqua junior Mason Davis went six innings for the Indians, issuing three walks and six hits. Sophomore Hunter Steinke came on in the seventh to retire the side.
For Butler (1-1, 0-1) it was a bleak day at the plate as the Aviators could not find that offensive spark. While contact wasn’t an issue, the ball just seemed to always be on a line to an Indian defender. Butler did manage to load the bases in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Davis and the Indians were able to get out of the jam.
Sophomore Hunter Ricardson (1-1) was saddled with his first career loss from the mound. The southpaw worked six innings, striking out eight, walking two and allowed no earned runs. Fellow sophomore Mason Reckner came on in the seventh and struck out the side.
The Aviators will look to bounce back on Tuesday with a rematch in Piqua at 5:00 pm.