Talawanda baseball wins home opener against rival


Photo by Grace Klebe

Senior Noah Prewitt prepares to swing against Northwest High School April 3.

By Grace Klebe

The Talawanda High School baseball team dominated Southwest Ohio Conference rival Northwest High School April 3, winning its home opener 12-1 in five innings. 

“We are kicking on all cylinders,” said Talawanda Head Coach Matt Lykins after the game. “That was a big win.” 

Senior Conner Brosey pitched a one-run complete game for the Brave. In his second start this season, Brosey scattered three hits and struck out 10.

“It’s always a relief, coming out and starting strong,” said Brosey. “I feel like we’ve got a lot of things going for us and we’re going in a good direction.”

The fourth inning was a big one for the home team as Talawanda put eight runs on the board. The offensive explosion allowed several players a chance to shine. Senior Max Mesler fired up the team’s offense with a two-run triple. Senior Logan Smith hit a base clearing double. Smith and Mesler currently lead the conference in RBIs, Smith with six and Mesler with four.

Senior Logan Smith strides to first base after crushing the ball in the fourth inning. Photo by Grace Klebe

The bases were loaded again when sophomore Eddie Tanner drew a walk, adding another run to the board. The game was called after five innings due to the conference mercy rule.

“It feels good to come out and get a win,” said Tanner. “[I’m] looking forward to the rest of the season, and hopefully another win [April 7].”

Coach Lykins said he was pleased with how his team bounced back to snap a three game losing streak and even its overall record at 3-3. 

“They are a team that does not respond to loud coaching,” said Lykins. “They want to be supported. They want to feel confident. They want to feel like they’re doing a good job. And you can see that.”

The Brave has a busy schedule in the upcoming week, including a home and away doubleheader rematch against Northwest on April 7, followed by a home game April 8 versus Oak Hills High School. Talawanda will then play Mount Healthy High School April 10 and 12.