Thunder 19U run rules Dayton Classics


Thunder battles back from 0-4 deficite to run rule the Dayton Classics in five innings.

By Gaylen Blosser - DarkeCountyMedia.com



Zac Longfellow drills a double for one of his four hits to go 4-4 on the day to run rule the Dayton Classic.

Zac Longfellow drills a double for one of his four hits to go 4-4 on the day to run rule the Dayton Classic.


Jarin Young smacks a double for Greenville to go 3-4 on the day in win over the Classics.


Tytan Grote gets a hit to go 2-2 with a walk driving in 3-runs for the Greenville Thunder 19U team.


Grant Delk drives in a run while going 2-2 to help run rule the visiting Dayton Classics


Trent Collins drills a double in the Thunder’s decisive win over the Dayton Classics.


Jaxson Crist leadso off second after drilling a double in the Thunder 19U’s win over the Dayton Classics.


Alec Fletcher picks up an RBI in Greenville’s win over Dayton.


Brody Williams takes a turn at the plate for the Greenville Thunder 19U baseball team.


Carson Bey makes a play at second in the Greenville Thunder 19U’s win over the Dayton Classics.


The Thunder’s Johnny Reser takes a turn at the plate in the team’s run rule win over the Dayton Classics.


Logan Stastny hits for the Greenville Thunder in win over Classics.


Alex Kolb earns a win in relief for the Greenville Thunder 19U over the Dayton Classics.


Gaylen Blosser | DarkeCountyMedia.com

GREENVILLE – The Greenville Thunder 19U baseball team battled back from 4-0 deficit to defeat the visiting Dayton Classics in 16-5 in a 5-inning run rule contest.

“We have had a little bit of an issue with failure to launch here lately,” said Greenville Thunder coach, Chad Henry. “We kind of did the same thing at Piqua on Friday (Greenville come from behind 9-3 win). We came out a little bit flat, we kind of got it taken to us and we just had to come back and fight. I wish it was a little bit easier to get that response but when they get it together they really play well.”

The Classics took plated a second inning run and added three runs in the top of the third to take a 4-0 lead with Greenville coming to the plate in the bottom of the inning.

The Thunder used a 1-out single to right off the bat of Zac Longfellow followed by a Jarin Young single to left and Grant Delk loading the bases by way of a hit batsman bringing Tytan Grote to the plate to drill a 2-run double to center. Trent Collins followed with a run scoring sacrifice fly to center to make it a 4-3 game after three complete.

Dayton pushed its lead to 5-3 with a fourth inning run only to have Greenville bust the game open with 9-runs in the bottom of the inning to grab a 12-5 lead taking advantage of smart base running and base stealing.

“We really worked base running in this off-season,” said Henry. “It’s a thing people say they teach base running. I really made a commitment this year to work on base running every single practice throughout the off-season. When we come out here we work base running every single time. When we are getting loose we’re working base running.”

“I haven’t given a steal sign all summer,” Coach Henry continued. “These kids are watching the pitchers from the dugout, they know when they go out there what the situation is. All I do is tell them, red light or green light and it’s up for them to know when to steal.”

“Traditionally we have been around 80-82 percent, this year it’s at 88.6 percent,” added Henry. “We’ve stolen 70 bases and been thrown out nine times.”

Alex Kolb kept the Classics off the board in the top of the fifth bringing the Thunder to the plate in the bottom of the inning to take advantage of back to back run scoring doubles off the bats of Longfellow and Young to give the Greenville Thunder a come from behind run rule win.

Alex Kolb earned the win for Greenville tossing two and two-thirds innings in relief, allowing one run on two hits, striking out five and walking one.

“I am really excited about Alex,” noted Henry. “He stays around the zone, he has three different pitches he mixes and he has two different fastballs. He can throw them both for strikes, he gets some run on it, his four seamer for some reason cuts in and the two seamer runs away.”

“When you are trying to miss the fat part of the bat, when your ball moves the way his does and you are a good pitcher on top of it, it leads to a lot of success,” Henry added. “That’s his fourth appearance for us and he’s been awesome all four times.”

Longfellow paced Greenville going 4-4 at the plate including a double with 2-RBIs and 3-runs scored. Jarin Young was 3-4 with a double, 3-RBIs and 2-runs.

Grote went 2-2 with a double, a walk, 3-RBIs and a run scored. Delk was 2-2 with a walk, a RBI and 2-runs scored.

Collins was 1-2 with a double, 3-RBI’s, a run scored, Jackson Christ went 1-2 with a double, a walk, a RBI and 2-runs scored, Alec Fletcher was 1-2 with a walk, 1-RBI and 2-runs, Brody Williams and Carson Bey each had a walk and a run scored and Logan Stastny rounded out the night for the Thunder with a run scored.

Zac Longfellow drills a double for one of his four hits to go 4-4 on the day to run rule the Dayton Classic.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/07/web1_b-Zac-Longfellow-1.jpgZac Longfellow drills a double for one of his four hits to go 4-4 on the day to run rule the Dayton Classic.

Jarin Young smacks a double for Greenville to go 3-4 on the day in win over the Classics.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/07/web1_c-Jarin-Young-1.jpgJarin Young smacks a double for Greenville to go 3-4 on the day in win over the Classics.

Tytan Grote gets a hit to go 2-2 with a walk driving in 3-runs for the Greenville Thunder 19U team.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/07/web1_d-Tytan-Grote-1.jpgTytan Grote gets a hit to go 2-2 with a walk driving in 3-runs for the Greenville Thunder 19U team.

Grant Delk drives in a run while going 2-2 to help run rule the visiting Dayton Classics
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/07/web1_e-Grant-Delk-1.jpgGrant Delk drives in a run while going 2-2 to help run rule the visiting Dayton Classics

Trent Collins drills a double in the Thunder’s decisive win over the Dayton Classics.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/07/web1_f-Trent-Collins-1.jpgTrent Collins drills a double in the Thunder’s decisive win over the Dayton Classics.

Jaxson Crist leadso off second after drilling a double in the Thunder 19U’s win over the Dayton Classics.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/07/web1_g-Jaxson-Christ-1.jpgJaxson Crist leadso off second after drilling a double in the Thunder 19U’s win over the Dayton Classics.

Alec Fletcher picks up an RBI in Greenville’s win over Dayton.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/07/web1_h-alec-fletcher-1.jpgAlec Fletcher picks up an RBI in Greenville’s win over Dayton.

Brody Williams takes a turn at the plate for the Greenville Thunder 19U baseball team.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/07/web1_i-Brody-Willams-1.jpgBrody Williams takes a turn at the plate for the Greenville Thunder 19U baseball team.

Carson Bey makes a play at second in the Greenville Thunder 19U’s win over the Dayton Classics.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/07/web1_j-Carson-Bey-1.jpgCarson Bey makes a play at second in the Greenville Thunder 19U’s win over the Dayton Classics.

The Thunder’s Johnny Reser takes a turn at the plate in the team’s run rule win over the Dayton Classics.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/07/web1_k-Johnny-Reser-1.jpgThe Thunder’s Johnny Reser takes a turn at the plate in the team’s run rule win over the Dayton Classics.

Logan Stastny hits for the Greenville Thunder in win over Classics.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/07/web1_l-Logan-Stastny-1.jpgLogan Stastny hits for the Greenville Thunder in win over Classics.

Alex Kolb earns a win in relief for the Greenville Thunder 19U over the Dayton Classics.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/07/web1_a-Alex-Kolb-1.jpgAlex Kolb earns a win in relief for the Greenville Thunder 19U over the Dayton Classics. Gaylen Blosser | DarkeCountyMedia.com
Thunder battles back from 0-4 deficite to run rule the Dayton Classics in five innings.

By Gaylen Blosser

DarkeCountyMedia.com

Contact Darke County Media Sports Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com or 937-548-3330

Contact Darke County Media Sports Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@aimmediamidwest.com or 937-548-3330