GREENVILLE – Walks and errors cost the Greenville American Legion Post 140 baseball team Wednesday night as it lost 7-1 in 10 innings to Troy Post 43.
After holding Troy to a single run in the first nine innings, Greenville gave up six in the 10th.
“I think youth got the best of us,” Greenville coach Thomas Martinez said.
Greenville starting pitcher Peyton Miller had some control issues early, walking two runners in the first inning and one in the second.
The pitcher from National Trail gave up his first hit of the night in the third inning but was just one strike from getting out of the inning prior to giving up three consecutive walks to bring in the game’s first run and put Post 43 up 1-0.
After his early struggles, Miller calmed down and gave Greenville seven innings of one-run baseball.
“I think he did really well,” Martinez said. “He has progressively gotten better throughout the season. He started out in our very first game just literally walking in five runs in the first inning, and now he has calmed himself down to a point where he is a good starter, and he will do well in the tournament.”
Greenville stranded five runners in the first seven innings but couldn’t get any of the runners across the plate. That finally changed in the bottom of the eighth.
Hunter Gheen from Bradford started off the eighth inning with a walk then Tanner Ross and Brandon Beyke from Greenville drew back-to-back walks to load the bases with no outs.
After a strikeout for the first out of the inning, Miller hit a grounder to third. Troy threw to home for the second out of the inning but couldn’t turn the double play as the throw from home to first went into the outfield, allowing Ross to score and tie the score at 1-1.
Ross, who replaced Miller on the mound in the eighth inning, was perfect in the eighth and ninth innings but ran into trouble in the 10th.
The Greenville product walked four of the first five batters in the inning, bringing in a run and putting Troy up 2-1.
Errors on the next two plays allowed two more runs to score, increasing Post 43’s lead to 4-1. A single drove in two more runs and a sacrifice fly brought in another to make it 7-1 before Greenville got out of the inning.
“I think Tanner Ross did a fine job on the mound,” Martinez said. “He could have gone three more innings if I needed him to. He threw strikes; he throws a high percentage of strikes, and I was proud that he did that. Obviously we gave up a few unearned runs in the last inning, and we can’t afford to do that.”
In the bottom of the 10th Greenville went down in order to drop the game 7-1.