SIDNEY – The Greenville baseball team defeated Sidney 9-4 in a GWOC American North game on the Yellow Jackets home field.
“It was a fun day today,” said Greenville coach Eric Blumenstock. “We did everything right.”
Greenville jumped out to a 2-0 lead after one inning of play and pushed its lead to 3-0 after hitting in the top of the third only to have Sidney plate two runs in the bottom of the third and a single run in the bottom of the fourth to knot the game at 3-3 with four innings in the book.
The Wave added a run in the top of the fifth, three in the top of the sixth and one in the seventh to lead 9-3 with the Jackets coming to the plate in the bottom of the seventh.
Sidney plated a run in its half of the seventh before the Wave would get the final out of the game to jump over Piqua and Sidney in the GWOC North standings.
“We got a squeeze in there, we got some bunts down, moved some runners,” Blumenstock noted. “Stole a lot of bases, did the small ball and executed well today. We got two double plays. That’s what we’re going to have to do in the tournament.”
Kyle Mills picked up the win on the mound tossing six and a third innings. With the OHSAA pitch-count coming into play, Mills was pulled turning the pitching duties over to Colton Zumbrun to close out the game.
Greenville banged out ten hits in the day with Marcus Wood collecting three hits, two singles and a triple.
Landon Eldridge had two hits including a single and double and Ethan Saylor two singles on the night.
Tyler Beyke, and Karsyn Fender each had a single and Terry Miller was good for a pinch hit RBI single and run scored.
Greenville owned the base paths with eight steals led by Alec Fletcher with three, Wood and Beykey each two and Eldridge one.
“We have a handful of guys that are quick,” said Blumenstock. “Obviously Marcus (Wood) and Eldridge, Fletcher, Mills, Beyke – top to bottom we have guys that I’m confident with on the bases – it’s fun.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Landon Eldridge slides safely home for Greenville in 9-4 GWOC win over Sidney. (Gaylen Blosser photo)