GREENVILLE – The Greenville JV baseball team made it a sweep for the Wave in Friday night action downing Fairborn 17-9 while the varsity squad was on the road at Fairborn run-ruling the Skyhawks 12-2 in the minimum five innings.
The Greenville varsity squad counts no less than five sophomore starters and a freshman in the starting lineup for Coach Eric Bloomenstock’s varsity team, leaving JV coach Adam Eberwien in what would be perceived to be a very young and inexperienced JV team as most GWOC JV squads are made up of sophomore and junior players.
The Wave JV team took a 3-0 lead after one inning of play getting a leadoff Andrew Speer triple to center to open the bottom of the inning for Greenville.
Alex Subler drove in the first run of the night with a knock to short and followed with a steal of second. Connor Mills picked up an RBI with a shot deep in the hole at second and Kole Francis knocked in the third run of the inning for the Wave.
Fairborn got on the board with a run in the top of the second and added five in the third to lead 6-3.
Greenville added a run in the bottom of the third with a Subler single and steal of second and scoring on a passed ball for a 6-4 Fairborn lead.
Fairborn upped its lead to 9-4 after its turn at the plate in the top of the fifth.
“So far this year when we’re out playing the game, we’ve struggled to understand some of the basic concepts of the game of baseball and one big concept of the game of baseball is you have to throw strikes,” said Eberwein. “Every batter that you walk is a scored run and that is what we started to do early in the game. We started walking batters, giving them free bases.”
The Greenville JV squad battled back outscoring the visiting Skyhawks 13-0 over their final three innings at the plate.
“The second half of the game we settled down,” Eberwein stated. “The pitching started throwing strikes, we started putting the ball in play, our base running started to be a little bit better towards the end of the game. The biggest thing that we need to focus on from here on out is focusing on the game and focusing on every single pitch.”
The Wave took a 17-9 lead into the bottom of the seventh only to have the Skyhawks load the bases with one out. Greenville got out of the jam turning a 6-4-3 game ending double play to give the Green Wave JV an eight run GWOC win.
“6-4-3 double play to end the game,” said Eberwein. “It was bases loaded, we had a potential out at the plate and left our middle infield back just in-case the ball did get hit that way – and it did, and it ended up working out ending the game pretty quick.”
“GHS sophomore Ethan Flanery picked up the win in relief tossing shut-out ball over the final two innings of play.
“Ethan came into the game and did a really nice job,” said Eberwein. “He settled down, he started throwing strikes, started getting ground balls and the defense did a really nice job of backing him up when the ball was put in play.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Greenville’s Ethan Flanery picks up a win in relief for the Wave JV team in game against Fairborn. (Gaylen Blosser photo)