GREENVILLE – The Green Wave varsity baseball team fell 12-8 to the visiting Fort Recovery Indians in an 11-inning game played at Sater Park.
“They can play,” Greenville Coach Eric Blumenstock said of his Wave team. “Came in today with a 1-2 record with a 1.0 ERA with our pitching staff.”
“We have to hit the ball and we have to field the ball,” continued Blumenstock. “I thought those were going to be two or our strengths this year so we have some things to work on. We’ll keep fighting.”
The visitors took an early 1-0 first inning lead with the Wave battling back to tie the game 1-1 in the bottom of the second with the aid of an Indians throwing error.
Fort Recovery used a double to right, a walk and an RBI single to left to take the a 2-1 advantage in the top of the third only to have Greenville’s Jacob Hounshell open the bottom of the inning with a single to left followed by back-to-back walks to Logan Eldridge and Tanner Ross loading the bases for an RBI single to left off the bat of Jason Shields knotting the score at 2-2.
Greenville completed the third inning taking advantage of an Indians error to lead 3-2 after three compete.
The Indians added three fourth inning runs and pushed a run across in the fifth to take a 6-4 advantage after five innings of play.
The Wave made it a 6-5 game at the end of six with Greenville using an Indians dropped third strike, two errors and a Kyle Mills single.
Greenville sent the game to extra innings getting a one-out Indians error on a Brandon Beyke infield popup, a Beyke steal of second and a two-out Brayden York RBI single to center knotting the score at 6-6 sending the teams to extra innings.
Fort Recovery put two runs on the board in the top of the eighth to lead 8-6 with the boys from Greenville coming to the plate in the bottom of the inning.
Back-to-back Hounsell and Mills singles opened the bottom of the eighth for the Wave with both runners moving up on an Indians past ball.
An unassisted Eldridge RBI groundout to first sent Hounshell home for an 8-7 score followed with a Ross RBI single to right sending the teams to the ninth even at 8-8.
Both teams would go quietly in the ninth and tenth innings but it was the visitors plating four 11th inning runs while keeping the Wave off the board in the bottom of the inning to take the game by a 12-8 score.
“It’s tough,” Blumenstock said of the extra-inning loss. “We made so many mistakes tonight. I’m beside myself with the mental mistakes. We normally don’t do that… it’s not something that I am used to. We have some stuff to clean up.”