GREENVILLE – The Green Wave freshman baseball team took a Friday night twin bill from the Springfield Wildcats, game one an 11-1 five-inning GWOC run rule win and game two by a 9-4 score.
Tytan Grote went the distance to record the win in game one while not giving up an earned run.
“Grote is usually our starting catcher,” said Greenville head freshman baseball coach Chris Ward. “Instead of starting him behind the plate I thought I would use him on the mound. He was solid the whole game.”
The Greenville boys went down in order in both innings one and two for a 0-0 score after two complete innings of play.
The Wave’s first nine third-inning hitters reached base and scored to lead 9-0 before the visitors could record an out.
“They got hits and was contagious … they put the ball in play,” Ward said. “That is what we keep telling them, hit the ball hard and put the ball in play. The first few innings we didn’t have a line drive at all and the third-inning we finally hit the ball hard, it started to fall and everyone just kept running.”
In the inning, Marcus Wood, John Butsch, Grote, Ethan Flanery and Ethan Detrich each knocked out singles, Tony Sells drilled a double to right-center and Chris Elliott walked.
Greenville added single runs in the bottom of the third and fourth-innings while giving up an unearned run with two-outs in the bottom of the top of the fifth to win by an 11-1 run rule score.
Game two had Springfield taking a 2-0 lead in the top of the first with GHS scoring two runs in the bottom of the inning with a Wood leadoff triple the big hit of the inning.
“He (Wood) hasn’t pitched for a while and I wanted to give him a good long warmup because I didn’t want him to come in in the middle of an inning,” Ward said of his game two starting pitcher Marcus Wood. “I don’t expect him to come out here and shut everybody down. He hasn’t thrown in quite a while and I just wanted to get him on the mound at the beginning of the second game. He gave up a couple of unearned runs but we still bounced back and beat them 9-4.”
Greenville took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third, extended its advantage to 5-2 after four and scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to lead 9-2 after five complete.
The Wildcats plated two runs over the final two-innings of play for a final 9-4 score giving the Greenville Freshmen a sweep over the visiting Springfield team.
“Second game was great,” Ward noted. “It was 9-4 and they only had one earned run of the four.”
“The freshman are having a good time playing these games,” added Coach Ward. “It’s a good group of kids. We have nine of them that can pitch. Hopefully they all stay together and when they’re seniors we’ll have 13 seniors to graduate. We don’t even have one of our best players (Wave freshman Tyler Beyke … starting Varsity shortstop/second baseman and pitcher).”
PHOTO CAPTION: Tytan Grote throws an 11-1 complete game win over Springfield without giving up and earned run (Gaylen Blosser photo)