CASSTOWN – The Greenville ACME baseball team lost its first tournament game in the opening round 13-7 to Troy ACME before bouncing back to win five consecutive games to advance in tournament play .
It was the first game in three weeks for the Greenville ACME team due to rainouts and a prior commitment had head coach Ryan Eldridge unable to be with the team for the weekend tournament along with several regular players causing the local team to “call-up” several Greenville seventh and eighth graders to fill in.
“Wasn’t a very pretty game,” said Ryan’s father, Mark Eldridge who took over weekend coaching duties. “We looked like a team that hadn’t played in three weeks. Lot of walks and a couple errors led to all their runs.”
Greenville defeated Miami East 7-3 Saturday morning with Chris Elliott pitching a complete game to earn the win for the local ACME squad.
Next up for Greenville was a very good Piqua ACME team. Alec Fletcher picked up the win for Greenville in a close game tossing five-innings of one-hit baseball while not giving up a walk.
“Alec (Fletcher) pitched an outstanding game,” noted Eldridge.
The Greenville team had a rematch in a 1 p.m. Sunday rematch with Troy in a must win game to stay alive in tournament play.
Greenville ACME answered with a 9-6 win over Troy ACME with Seth Delk, a GHS incoming freshman earning the win in relief on the mound.
“He’s just a gamer,” said Eldridge said of Delk. “He was one of those kids we picked up.”
The win had two Darke County teams going head-to-head and the privilege to advance in ACME tournament play.
Versailles came into the game undefeated in tournament action and took a 6-0 lead over Greenville after one-inning of play and held an early 9-2 lead only to have Greenville battle back to win by an 11-9 score.
Coach Eldridege went to Ethan Saylor, GHS varsity starting catcher in the second inning of play to pick up the win in relief. It was Saylor’s first time pitching since he was in the seventh grade.
“Bottom of the order did a good job of getting on base,” said Eldridge. “Saylor pitched excellent, taking the mound in the second and giving us a chance to get back in the game and pull out a win.”
With both teams looking at one tournament loss, the Greenville win forced a Monday night game to decide first and second place with the winning team moving on in tournament play.
Kole Francis tossed a complete game to pick up the win for Greenville by a 7-4 score. Tied at 4-4 in the sixth, Landon Eldridge crushed a 2-run triple to right and scored by way of an error on the play to give Greenville the win.
“Super proud of all the boys,” said Coach Eldridge. “To start out on a Friday night with not a good showing, to come back Saturday and put it all together, to be able to string five wins in row and beat a very good Versailles team two in a row was pretty awesome. A good crowd and a very fun atmosphere.”
Greenville ACME faces Northmont ACME Thursday night in a 6 p.m. opening round game at Northmont. Greenville will take the field as the No. 1 seed team out of the John Jake District while Northmont holds down the No. 2 seed out of their respective district.
PHOTO CAPTION: Greenville ACME 2019 team advances in tournament play with win over Versailles.