By Drew Terhall
GREENVILLE — It was one other busy week for Greenville baseball at Sater Heights Park. The Greenville American Legion Publish 140 groups and the Greenville senior ACME workforce took the sector on July 11 and 12.
On July 11, the Publish 140 18U workforce took on their 16U workforce in preparation for the District American Legion Event. The 18U workforce gained 8-1.
Head coach of the 18U workforce Chad Henry mentioned whereas there isn’t quite a lot of an age distinction between the 2 groups, the older workforce ought to win in the sort of scenario.
However, the 16U workforce confirmed their expertise throughout the sport. They even began the sport placing out the highest of the order of the 18U workforce.
“Ultimately, your expertise goes to win out just a little bit on this scenario. However, I believed they (16U) held themselves rather well,” Henry mentioned.
Henry additionally mentioned the workforce is enjoying their greatest baseball the final two weeks after a sluggish begin to their season, which was anticipated.
The 16U Thunder workforce got here again on July 12 and gained 9-6 over the Greenville senior ACME workforce.
The Thunder bought out to a 5-0 lead after the primary two innings. Seth Kiser drove within the first two runs on a double. Zach Ward and Braylon Byers every drove in a run as effectively.
Greenville responded within the high of the third. Layne Hocker drove in a run to place his workforce on the board. Drew Hamilton adopted it up with a two-run double. Cole Marshall drove in a run to make it a 5-4 sport.
They took the lead within the high of the fifth inning as Marshall had a two-run single to go up 6-5.
However it didn’t take lengthy for the Thunder to regain their lead. Within the backside of the sixth, Troy Lavy put a ball in play and scored a run to tie the sport. After scoring one other run, Carson Bergman drove in two extra to get the 9-6 win because the Thunder put away the sport within the seventh.
Thunder head coach Austin Baumgardner mentioned it’s been a standard theme for the workforce to start out sluggish, however choose it up late within the sport. Identical to on this sport, the workforce didn’t surrender after shedding their lead.
“It’s the story of our season. We begin out sluggish typically after which they at all times rally. We now have a bunch of men within the dugout that simply each time issues get going robust, they don’t surrender,” Baumgardner mentioned. “That’s one high quality you may’t educate. That’s been ingrained all through their younger days.”
Greenville head coach Ryan Delk mentioned the workforce battled all sport, however simply got here up just a little quick.
“It was enjoyable. Love enjoying the Legion workforce, there’s some Greenville youngsters on there. It’s at all times a good time, particularly if you play a aggressive enjoyable sport. Come out and get blown out, it’s no enjoyable for the followers or the gamers. It was an amazing baseball sport. On the finish of the day, simply got here up just a little quick,” Delk mentioned.
Greenville senior ACME may have two dwelling video games subsequent week, on July 18 and 19.
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