FAIRBORN – The Greenville varsity baseball team handily defeated GWOC American South leader, Fairborn by a 12-2 score, taking the win in the minimum five-innings to earn the run-rule victory.
“Fairborn is leading the American South by two games,” said Greenville coach Eric Blumenstock. “Stat wise, they threw one of their best pitcher against us. We did a nice job of jumping on him early and playing error free defense.”
Greenville went down in order in the top of the first and kept the Skyhawks off the board in the bottom of the inning sending the teams to the second with no score.
“We went down 1-2-3 in the first and it felt like we were in for a battle,” Blumenstock said.
Second inning opening walks to Karsyn Fender, Tony Sells and Alec Fletcher load the bases setting up an RBI hit batsman to Tytan Grote giving the Wave a 1-0 lead.
Reed Hanes followed with a two RBI single to center for a 3-0 score and Marcus Wood legged out an RBI bunt single making it a 4-0 game with no outs in the inning.
Three consecutive walks put Kyle Mills, Tyler Beyke and Karsyn Fender on base with Beyke and Fender each picking up an RBI giving the Wave a 6-0 advantage with one out.
Alec Fletcher drilled a two RBI line-drive single to center giving Greenville an 8-0 lead with the home team coming to the plate in the bottom of the inning.
“We came out in the second inning, scored eight runs and Colton Zumbrun took care of the rest on the mound,” said Blumenstock.
Greenville pushed its lead to 11-0 in the top of the third taking advantage of a Wood triple to center, a Landon Eldridge RBI single and a Mills two run homer over the right field fence.
Fairborn picked up a run in the bottom of the fourth to trail by an 11-1 score with Greenville plating an unearned run in the top of the fifth to lead 12-1.
A Skyhawks run in the bottom of the fifth was not enough to take the game to the sixth with Greenville downing the GWOC American South leaders by a 12-2 score.
“Marcus Wood had a big night with three hits, three runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base,” noted Blumenstock. “He’s really starting to swing the bat well after not playing much baseball the last few years.”
“Kyle Mills blasted his second homer (of the season) over the right field fence,” Blumenstock added.
Greenville junior, Colton Zumbrun picked up the win on the mound, striking out three while allowing five hits and two runs. Wood led the Wave with three hits in three at bats.
“Colton Zumbrun did a great job and didn’t give up a run until the fourth,” said a pleased Coach Blumenstock following the road game.
Greenville, a D-II varsity team played error free ball in the win over the D-I Fairborn Skyhawks.
PHOTO CAPTION: Greenville sophomore Marcus Wood. (Gaylen Blosser photo)