GREENVILLE – Greenville American Legion Post 140 made it back-to-back double digit wins defeating Piqua Post 184 14-1 Wednesday night at Sater Park.
Greenville played error free ball while pounding out 11-hits on the night and limiting Piqua to a scant 2-hits.
“It was fabulous to see these guys play how they can,” said Greenville Post 140 Coach Dr. Thomas Martinez. “Defensively we didn’t have any errors, they hit the long ball today and my pitchers pitched well.”
National Trail’s Billy Lanman took the win pitching five-innings of one-hit ball, striking out six and walking four.
Greenville’s Tyler Netzley pitched two-innings of no-hit shutout ball in relief, striking out three Piqua batters while walking two.
“For being together for as short as we have, they are starting to come together as a team,” Martinez stated.
“I love seeing that.”
Greenville took a 1-0 lead after one-inning of play and made it a 7-0 score plating six runs in the bottom of the third with Arcanum’s Cole Burrell lacing a 2-out bases loaded double to deep center driving in 3-runs to break the game open.
“I have to give a shout-out to Cole Burrell defensively and offensively,” said Martinez. “He came up with a big 2-out hit knocking in 3-RBI.
Piqua Post 184 avoided a shutout with a lone run in the top of the fourth while Greenville Post 140 was adding a run in the bottom of the inning to lead 8-1.
Greenville plated six runs in the bottom of the fifth to push its lead to 14-1 with the local team keeping the visitors off the board in the top of the seventh.
“Aggressiveness… I like to teach these boys to be aggressive,” Martinez said. “You always end up in second place if you let somebody go in front of you… that’s not only in baseball but life as well. That’s the idea of baseball… to teach them life traits.”
With the obvious win in hand the nine-inning game was called after 6-1/2 innings with Greenville Post 140 taking an impressive 14-1 win over the always tough Piqua team.
“It’s always fun when you win by 13,” Doc Martinez said. “Didn’t go 9-innings.”
Jordan Buckly (Tri-Village) went 3-4 at the plate, scored 2-runs while collecting 4-RBI to lead Post 140 in batting.
Post 140 catcher and 2015 GHS graduate Reece Hunt was 2-3 with a single, a double and a walk while scoring two-runs and picking up a RBI.
“We had a good team win tonight,” said Hunt. “Guys stepped up. We had a lot of help tonight and having fun. It’s good to be back.”
James Grilliot (Covington) led the team with 3-steals while banging out 2-singles and scoring 2-runs.
Billy Lanman (National Trail) was 1-2 with 2-walks and 3-runs scored.
Tanner Maples (Tri-Village) and Dom Hoffman (National Trail) each picked up a RBI.
Tyler Neal (Ansonia) scored 2-runs on 3-walks and Peter Pandy (Greenville) walked twice and scored a run.
PHOTO CAPTION: National Trail’s Billy Lanman picks up the win for Greenville Post 140 in win over Piqua Legion. Greenville Legion Coach Dr. Thomas Martinez talks to his team after big win over Piqua Post 184.