GREENVILLE – Greenville made six errors on Tuesday as it lost 7-4 to Springfield in an Ohio High School Athletic Association sectional tournament baseball game.
After a two scoreless innings, Springfield broke the game open in the top of the third beginning with a leadoff home run by Avery Swigart.
Dominic Manier and Nate McGlothin then recorded back-to-back singles. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and an error on a throw to third allowed Manier to score, putting the Wildcats up 2-0. Another wild pitch moved McGlothin to third, and he scored on a single by Brett Ames to make it 3-0.
An error allowed Jaykob Cave-Stevens to reach base and Corbin Griffith walked, loading the bases with no outs in the inning.
Greenville got a popup for the first out of the inning, but a walk to Dyelan Youngblood brought in a run and Jevin Green singled to bring in another run before Greenville got out of the inning, trailing 5-0.
Springfield made it 6-0 in the fourth inning.
McGlothin reached on an error, Cave-Stevens singled and Griffith walked to load the bases. An infield single by Youngblood drove in a run to make it 6-0. Greenville was able to limit the damage, getting out of the inning one batter later with the bases loaded.
In the bottom of the fourth Greenville scored its first run of the day.
Logan Eldridge and Peter Pandey led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Jason Shields then singled to load the bases, and Brandon Beyke drew a walk to bring in Eldridge, making it 6-1.
Springfield’s final run of the night came in the sixth inning when the Wildcats drew four walks to bring in a run and put them up 7-1.
In the seventh Greenville rallied for three runs.
Grant Minnich reached on an error, Tyler Beyke singled, and Kyle Mills reached on an error to load the bases with no outs.
Springfield got a popup for the first out of the inning but then walked Pandey to bring in a run. Tanner Ross then reached base on a Springfield error, which allowed Tyler Beyke and Mills to score and reduce the Green Wave deficit to 7-4.
Springfield got out of the jam, though, and hung on to win.
Greenville had six hits and six errors on Tuesday while Springfield had eight hits and three errors.
Ross led Greenville by going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Pandey was 1-for-3 with a walk and a RBI. Tyler Beyke and Eldridge both were 1-for-4 and scored a run. Shields went 1-for-4. Mills walked once and scored a run. Minnich also scored a run.
Mills pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs and three unearned runs on six hits, six walks and one strikeout. Owen Paulus went 2/3 of an inning, allowing no runs on one hit, no walks and one strikeout. Pandey pitched three innings and allowed one earned run on one hit, five walks and four strikeouts.
Tuesday’s game was the final home game for Greenville seniors Brandon Beyke, Logan Eldridge, Peter Pandey, Nathaniel Ridgeway, Tanner Ross and Jason Shields.
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