CHILLICOTHE — The Greenville Legion Post 140 baseball team defeated the Lancaster 11 Legion 5-0 behind the three-hit, complete game pitching of Greenville High School’s Austin Weimer.
“Weimer has definitely found his groove,” Greenville Legion Post 140 head coach Thomas Martinez said. “He gets ahead … he stays ahead. Finding the strike zone, the amount of first pitch strikes Weimer has thrown this season has put him in a path to be very successful throughout the remainder of the season.”
Arcanum’s Cole Burrell led off the game with a single to center followed with a single to left off the bat of Greenville’s Cole Ward with both runners moving up on a double steal, putting runners on second and third with no outs.
“The entire team came out swinging the bat,” Martinez said. “They weren’t afraid to swing the bat. They were very aggressive at the plate.”
A Tanner Maples (Tri-Village) grounder to short plated Burrell with the game’s first run with Ward advancing to third, giving Post 140 a 1-0 lead in the top of the first with Weimer taking the mound in the bottom of the inning.
Weimer set Lancaster down one-two-three with a fly to Ward in left, a fly to Mississinawa’s Carson Stump in center and a groundout to Brad Caudill (Fairlawn) at third.
“Our team came out and played defensively strong and did not make any mistakes that cost us runs,” Martinez said.
Bailey Haworth (Greenville High School) reached base by way of a hit batsman and stole second for Greenville’s lone runner in the top of the second.
A hit batsman put Lancaster’s first batter on in the bottom of the second. Haworth fielded a dribbler from his catcher’s position for out No. 1 followed with a Weimer strikeout and fly ball to Burrell in right.
Ward got things started for Post 140 in the top of the third, taking first with a one-out hit batsman and moving to second on a Stump hard groundout.
A Ward steal of third and a walk to Maples had runners on first and third with Austin Reedy (Piqua) legging out an infield single, scoring Ward with the second run of the game.
“We stole quite a few bases in the game,” Martinez said. “We were able to move runners around.”
Arcanum’s Austin Baker laced a line drive single to left, moving Maples to third and Reedy advancing to second to load the bases with two outs.
Jamie Riffel (Houston) stepped to the plate, driving an RBI single to left to give Post 140 a 4-0 lead with Lancaster coming to the plate.
Lancaster put the first two batters on in the bottom of the third with a hit batsman and an infield single followed with the next three batters going down in order with a Weimer strikeout, a popup to Weimer on the mound and a fly ball to Burrell in right.
Both teams went quietly in its fourth and fifth innings with Post 140 taking a 4-0 lead to the top of the sixth inning.
Ward and Stump reached by way of back-to-back two-out hit batsman with Ward stealing third and scoring Greenville’s fifth run of the game on passed ball to lead 5-0.
Lancaster stranded a sixth inning opening single with fly ball to Stump in center, a popups to Reedy at short and popup Weimer on the mound, keeping the Post 140 shutout intact.
A Reedy seventh inning opening single to left and Baker reaching with a hit batsman were left stranded with Lancaster coming to the plate in the bottom of the seventh.
An opening error put a Lancaster runner on with no outs only to be stranded with a popup to Riffel at second, a fly to Stump in center and Weimer fielding a hard grounder back to the mound, giving Post 140 a 5-0 win.
“When you look up and down our lineup and when you have seven, eight, nine hitters that are hitting .300 … are coming out of slumps and coming around in a tournament that makes a very comfortable situation,” Martinez said.
“Austin Reedy (.303) is hitting in the five hole, Cole Burell (.364) is hitting in the one hole, Cole Ward who is batting .452 is hitting in the two hole, Carson Stump (.286) who is just an RBI machine hitting in the three hole, Tanner Maples (.268) hitting for extra bases, Jamie Riffel hitting .355 … that makes for a very comfortable coach standing there on third base,” coach Martinez said.