VERSAILLES – The Versailles Tigers defeated the Troy Christian Eagles 13-8 in a Saturday afternoon non-conference game on the Tigers home field.
“It’s a good win,” Versailles coach Ryan Schlater said following the game.
Troy jumped out to an early 3-0 lead before the Tigers would get their first plate appearance of the day.
“They kind of hit us in the mouth,” Schlater stated. “We could have laid down.”
Versailles plated three runs in their half of the first with a Will Eversole two run single to center scoring Andrew Demange and Kyle Pothast. Brayden Robinson picked up the third RBI of the inning plating Zach Griesdorn on a groundout to third to knot the score at 3-3 after one inning of play.
The Tigers added four runs in the third, a run in the fourth and four runs in the fifth to stretch their lead to 12-3 with Troy Christian coming to the plate in the top of the sixth.
“I was proud of how they came out and scored three that first inning to get back even,” said Schlater, “and then we just kept on going from there.”
The Eagles added two runs in the top of the sixth while Versailles was adding a run in the bottom of the inning sending the game to the seventh inning with the Tigers holding a comfortable 13-5 lead.
Troy plated three runs in the top of the seventh to close out scoring on the day and give Versailles a five run win.
Eversole paced Versailles with four hits on the day with a single in the first, a doubled in the third and singles in the fourth and fifth innings.
Griesdorn went 2-3 with 2-RBIs and 3-runs, Garrett Toops was 2-4 with 3-RBIs and a run and Nathan Wagner went 2-4 with a RBI and a Run. Robinson was 1-3 with 3-RBIs and a run scored, Demange went 1-4 with 2-RBIs and a run, Pothast was 1-4 with 2-runs, Ryan Martin 1-3 with a run and Conner VanSkyock was 1-4.
“A lot of guys hit the ball,” said Schlater. “We had some guys that haven’t had as many at bats coming in, they got some base hits and did some good things for us.”
Adam Kremer picked up the win in five innings of work on the mound allowing six hits and five runs while striking out four and walking two. Matthew Niekamp earned the save throwing two innings in relief giving up three runs and two walks.