GREENVILLE – The Greenville baseball team handed Piqua its first Greater Western Ohio Conference loss of the season on Monday.
After a scoreless first inning, Piqua scored two runs in the top half of the second inning.
In the bottom of the third the Wave started playing very well. Grant Minnich, the catcher, reached base on a throwing error by the Indians’ short stop.
Landon Eldridge then came up to bat hit it down third base line, and the Indians had another error, which drove in Minnich to make the score 2-1 through three innings.
Greenville took the lead in the bottom of the fourth.
Tanner Ross doubled to center field, and Jason Shields singled into right field. Brayden York then hit a RBI single to tie the game, and Landon Eldridge hit a two-out RBI single to put the Green Wave up 3-2.
The Indians then switched from Blake Wright to Travis Smith on the mound. Smith walked Jacob Hounshell, which loaded the bases, but the Wave could not advance anymore runners the rest of this inning.
In the bottom of the fifth Eldridge singled to lead off the inning. A few batters later, York came up hit a RBI single to score Eldridge, making the score 4-2.
In the top of the seventh the Indians had five batters. Noah Lineman and Smith both singled to center field. Greenville turned a double play on a Derrick Gullett shot to short stop to erase one of the runners. Derek Hite then singled, but Greenville got out of the inning on a groundout to short stop for the game’s final out.
“Tonight was one of the best games we have played all season,” Greenville baseball coach Eric Blumenstock said. “We had one error the entire night. The one error gave up a couple of runs, but we were OK. Piqua came into tonight being 4-0 (and tied for first place in the GWOC North).”
“(Tyler) Netzley had a good game. He came in there pitched a great ball game. The Indians got some runs not earned.”