GREENVILLE – The Greenville and Fort Recovery baseball teams locked horns under blustery skies and windy conditions Friday afternoon. The teams took 11 innings in deciding the 12-8 Indians victory.
The Wave, though trailing for most of the game, showed great heart and desire to come from behind on several occasions during the game to force the 11 frames.
The lead see-sawed back and forth throughout the early innings until Fort Recovery scored three in the fourth and added one in the fifth to achieve a 6-4 advantage. Greenville would have three chances to tie the game or take the lead.
The Indians took care of the Wave 1-2-3 in the fifth, but the sixth was a different matter. The Greenville rally started with a strikeout on a wild pitch that allowed freshman catcher Grant Minnich to reach first base. Combine a Kyle Mills single with two Fort Recovery errors and the Wave scored a run to draw within one at 6-5.
While the Wave were working on the comeback, they got two scoreless innings of relief from Tyler Netzley. This left Greenville needing one to tie in the bottom of the seventh.
Fort Recovery put the game into the hands of its closer, Reese Rogers. He came into the game and immediately got a pop up to third for the first out.
The second batter did just the same thing, but this time back to the mound. Rogers dropped the pop up of Brandon Beyke, and he reached first base. Beyke would steal second and would come home on a two-out run-scoring single by right fielder Brayden York to tie the game.
Both teams would push across two runs in their portions of the eighth inning. The Indians used a walk a hit batsman, a single and a Greenville error to plate their two tallies. The Wave, once again coming from behind, used an error, two infield hits and a wild pitch to score their two.
As the temperature dropped and the wind became more biting the pitchers regained control. In innings nine and 10 hits were held to a minimum and strikeouts increased.
The Indians’ 11th was especially frustrating for the Wave. Fort Recovery scored four runs without the benefit of a hit. Three walks, two sacrifices, a sacrifice fly, a fielder’s choice, two errors and a wild pitch combined for the Indians’ rally.
“It’s tough,” Greenville coach Eric Blumenstock said. “We made so many mistakes, mental mistakes. We’ve got an ERA of about 1.00 and we’re 1-3.”