GREENVILLE – Three Greenville pitchers combined to limit Franklin Monroe to four hits on Saturday as the Green Wave beat the Jets 9-1 in a matchup of Darke County baseball teams.
“Did really well,” Greenville coach Eric Blumenstock said of his team’s play. “Hit the ball well, pitched well. Tanner Ross, first start of the season, did an outstanding job today. Aaron Rich came in and got his first regular varsity work, shut them down the last inning, and (Chris) Force came in the inning before that and set them up for us. So we did a good job all the way around.”
Greenville out-hit Franklin Monroe 13 to four in Saturday afternoon’s game. The Wave committed one error while the Jets had two.
“We did not play our level of baseball today,” Franklin Monroe coach Eddie Meyers said. “I’ll give Greenville credit; they came out and they hit the ball. The pitcher they had today on the mound, he threw it well. He had us off-balance.”
Franklin Monroe actually struck first in Saturday’s game.
After striking out the side in the bottom of the second, FM pitcher Bryce Filbrun helped his own cause in the top of the third by leading off with a single. Filbrun moved to third with a sacrifice bunt by Jeremy Bridenbaugh and a sac fly by Zach Hyre and then scored on a RBI single by Zach Cable to put the Jets up 1-0.
Franklin Monroe didn’t hold the lead for long, however, as Greenville responded with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.
The Wave got going with a leadoff single by Landon Eldridge and a walk to Jacob Hounshell. After both runners advanced on a sacrifice grounder by Kyle Mills, they both scored on a Logan Eldridge single to put Greenville up 2-1. Back-to-back singles by Tanner Ross and Brandon Beyke then drove in Logan Eldridge and put Greenville up 3-1.
After setting Franklin Monroe down in order in the top of the fourth, Greenville added four more runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Brayden York led off the inning with a single, stole second and took third on a passed ball. He then scored on a sacrifice fly to Hounshell to make it 4-1.
With two outs in the inning, Greenville mounted a rally and added three more runs.
Mills started it with a single. He then stole second, went on third on a pitch in the dirt and scored on a single by Logan Eldridge for a 5-1 Green Wave lead.
Ross then was hit by a pitch and Beyke reached on an error to load the bases. Jason Shields knocked in a pair of runs with a single to center to make it 7-1 in favor of Greenville.
“Couldn’t ask for more,” Blumenstock said of Greenville’s hitting. “Took good at-bats. Took good swings, hard swings. That’s one thing we’ve been struggling with, just little dink hits, little dink ground balls, but today we got some bats on it and put it in play hard.”
In the bottom of the sixth Greenville scored the game’s final two runs.
Hounshell, Mills and Logan Eldridge started off the inning with three consecutive singles, making the score 8-1. A Franklin Monroe error on a shot by Ross then brought in the game’s final run for the 9-1 Greenville victory.
“I don’t know if it’s Saturday games or what but we just came out flat today,” Meyers said. “Just a bunch of mental mistakes. It’s very fixable. Good thing about baseball is you can bounce back and play the next day.”
Logan Eldridge led Greenville’s offense as he went 4-for-4 with two stolen bases, three RBIs and three runs scored. Hounshell was 2-for-3 with a walk, a RBI and two runs scored. Mills went 2-for-4, stole a base and scored a run. Shields was 1-for-4 for, stole a base and drove in two runs.
Ross went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. York was 1-for-3, stole a base and scored a run. Beyke was 1-for-4 and drove in a run. Landon Eldridge went 1-for-4 and drove in a run.
Cable led the Franklin Monroe offense as he went 2-for-3 with a RBI. Filbrun was 1-for-4 and scored a run. Tim Lawson went 1-for-3.
Ross was the winning pitcher for Greenville. In 5 2/3 innings he allowed one run on four hits, two walks, one hit batter and three strikeouts.
Force pitched a 1/3 of an innings for the Wave, walking one and striking out one. Rich pitched one inning, allowing no hits or walks while striking out one.
Filbrun was charged with the loss as he pitched 3 2/3 innings for Franklin Monroe, allowing four earned runs and one unearned run on eight hits, two walks and four strikeouts. Hunter Rich pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief, allowing one earned run and three unearned runs on five hits, no walks, one hit batter and no strikeouts.
Greenville improved to 3-7 with Saturday’s victory while Franklin Monroe fell to 4-4-1.
Kyle Shaner may be reached at 937-569-4316. Follow me on Twitter @KShanerAdvocate or get updates on Facebook by searching Darke County Sports or Advocate 360. For more features online go to dailyadvocate.com.