Tri-Village gets comeback win over Bradford


BRADFORD – The Tri-Village Patriots traveled to Bradford for a Tuesday night Cross County Conference matchup with the Railroaders and rallied after trailing 2-0 early to earn a 5-3 win.

“After a rough stretch of games last week,” said Tri-Tri-Village coach Jim Maples, “this was a must win for the Patriots.”

Bradford plated single runs in the bottom of both the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead with two innings in the book.

The Patriots battle back scoring a single run in the third inning and added three runs in the top of the fifth, all coming with two outs to take a 4-2 lead.

“Clutch hitting has been a weakness for Tri-Village this season,” Maples noted, “but today was a bright spot late in the game.”

The boys from New Madison dented the plate for a run in the top of the sixth stretching their lead to 5-1 before Bradford would score a run in the bottom of the seventh to close out scoring on the day and give the Patriots a two run CCC win.

“The inning was highlighted by a Derek Eyer triple and a successful suicide squeeze by Gage Hileman,” Maples said of the team’s sixth inning.

Bradford outhit the visitors 12-7, committed two errors to three Tri-Village errors but it was the Patriots making the most of their hit to pull out the win.

Dylan Finkbine went the distance on the mound for Tri-Village giving up three earned runs on 12 hits while striking out three and walking four Railroaders.

Dereck Eyer led the Patriots offense going 3-4 including a triple and two runs scored. Matthew Holzapfel went 2-4 with a RBI and Gage Hileman was 1-3 while collecting two RBIs.

Tri-Village improves to 7-8 overall and 4-5 in conference play.

Dylan Finkbine was the pitcher of record for the Tri-Village Patriots in a win over Bradford. Finkbine was the pitcher of record for the Tri-Village Patriots in a win over Bradford.

By Gaylen Blosser

Greenville Daily Advocate

Contact Greenville Daily Advocate Sports Editor Gaylen Blosser at [email protected] or 937-548-3330

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