DAYTON – Greenville Heat Post 140 was runner-up in the Greater Midwest Baseball tournament, losing 3-2 in the championship game to the Riverbats played at the Action Sports Complex in Dayton.
The Greenville team defeated the Gem City Throwbacks 5-0 in the first game with Fisher Spencer picking up the win, allowing two hits while striking out five.
The Heat collected 12 hits for the game with Andrew Knick going 1-3, Jarin Young 1-3, Tyler Beyke 1-2, Kayge Twaits 1-2, Dustin Booher 3-3, Alec Fletcher 2-2, Tytan Grote 2-3 and Reed Hanes 1-3.
“Fisher Spencer pitched a great game – had outstanding stuff today”, stated Coach Darin Young.
The Heat lost to the Diamond Kings by a 6-2 score in game No. 2 with the team held to five hits in the contest.
“Their pitcher did a good job keeping us off balance, we started pressing a little trying to catch up and chased some high pitches,” Heat coach Jim Beyke stated. “Tim Lawson did hit a 2-run bomb over the fence in the fifth, but we came up a little short.”
Game three went to the Riverbats with Greenville dropping a two run game by a 6-4 score.
Post 140 battled back to defeat the Xenia Scouts 6-2 with Tyler Beyke going the distance on the mound allowing five hits and striking out five.
The Heat outhit the Scouts 8-5 with Jarin Young going 1-3, Tyler Beyke 2-3, Dustin Booher 1-3, Tim Lawson 1-3, Alec Fletcher 1-3, Andrew Knick 1-3 and Tytan Grote 1-2.
“Tyler Beyke pitched a great game” said Young. “Their only runs came on a home run in the bottom of the second. Tyler (Beyke) was able to keep them off balance the rest of the way and our defense played really well.”
Post 140 16U lost a 3-2 heartbreaker to the Riverbats in the championship game with the game going down to the wire.
Trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh, Coach Young called for a suicide squeeze with Beyke leading off at third and Tim Lawson at the plate. A wild pitch had Beyke scoring from third to knot the score at 2-2 with the Riverbats coming to the plate in the bottom of the inning to push the winning run across for the win.
“Runs were at a premium and I decided to go for it,” said Young. “I had a lot of faith in Timmy and Tyler to execute the play. The pitch got by the catcher as Tyler crossed the plate – the boys executed the play perfectly.”
Fisher Spencer went the distance for Post 140 allowing seven hits and striking out six. The Heat managed five hits in the game.
“We had a great season and are very proud of our Heat Post 140 boys,” said Coach Beyke following the team’s final game of the season. “We placed in the top three in 5 out of 6 tournaments and played in three championship games.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Greenville Heat Post 140 16U places second at Dayton tournament.