By Gaylen Blosser
April 2, 2014
GREENVILLE – After Arcanum erased a five-run deficit in the seventh inning, Greenville came up with its own comeback to beat the Trojans 11-10 on Tuesday in Greenville.
Trailing 8-3 heading to their final at bat, the Arcanum Trojans put seven runs on the board to lead Greenville 10-8 with the Wave coming to bat in the bottom of the seventh and final inning.
Greenville answered the challenge with timely hitting and base running, setting the stage for Wave senior Cole Ward to rip a walk-off line drive single to left-center, sending Logan Eldridge home with winning run and an 11-10 Green Wave come-from-behind win.
“A win is a win,” Greenville varsity baseball coach Eric Blumenstock said. “The more we can get situations like this we run into, the more it is going to help us down the road.”
Greenville starting pitcher Austin Weimer got the first two Trojan hitters out with a ground out to Ryan Eldridge at shortstop and a strikeout before giving up a single to Trojans starting pitcher Austin Ripple.
Weimer stranded Ripple at second with a strikeout for the third out of the inning.
“Austin Weimer threw a heck-of-a-game today,” Blumenstock said.
Ward knocked a single to center for the Wave’s only base runner of the opening inning with the teams standing at 0-0 with one inning in the books.
Arcanum went three-up and three-down in its half of the second inning with a strikeout from Weimer and R. Eldridge getting outs two and three on a grounder to short and an acrobatic wind-blown pop up deep in the grass behind shortstop.
The Wave took a 1-0 second inning lead off the bat of a R. Eldridge triple and an RBI single off the bat of Greenville catcher Bailey Haworth.
The Trojans led off the third inning with a single only to be set down with a Haworth pick-off throw from his catching position to teammate Kyle Bruner applying the tag at first.
A hit batter had an Arcanum runner on first, setting up a successful sacrifice bunt off the bat of Kory Baker with Wave third baseman Ward throwing a speedy Baker out at first.
With a Trojan standing on second Weimer closed the door with his fourth strikeout of the game, keeping the game close at 1-0.
Ripple faced four third-inning Wave batters with Logan Eldridge collecting a single for the lone Greenville base runner.
Arcanum evened the score at 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning, coming on a leadoff Ripple triple and a Wave error plating a Trojans’ unearned run with Weimer getting the following three hitters out.
The Wave took a fourth-inning 3-1 lead with opening back-to-back singles from Haworth and Dylan Shumaker.
L. Eldridge laid down a sacrifice bunt, putting runners on second and third for Quinton Wood to knock in an RBI with a single to right with the Wave picking up a third run off a Trojans’ throwing error.
Greenville added three runs in the bottom of the fifth with an opening Colton Nealeigh double to left.
Shumaker delivered a double, plating two runs followed with an RBI triple off the bat of L. Eldridge, sending the game to the sixth inning with the Wave leading 6-1.
Arcanum added two sixth-inning runs using three Greenville walks and back-to-back singles, bringing a pitching change for the Wave.
Wood opened the Wave’s sixth inning with a walk and Ward reaching base on a hit batsman.
Nealeigh added an RBI with a hit followed with an RBI coming on a sacrifice fly off the bat of R. Eldridge to put the Wave up 8-3 going to the final inning.
The Trojans opened the top of the seventh with a walk and a strikeout.
A double off the bat of Ripple had runners on first and third followed with a Trojans RBI single.
“I thought Austin Ripple pitched a great game,” Arcanum varsity coach Randy Baker said. “He spotted the ball real well tonight. He brought everything tonight for us including his bat.”
A Wave error produced a run, a hit batter and a double had Arcanum closing to 8-7.
“Total team effort … all the bench stayed up the whole time,” coach Baker said.
A walk loaded the bases followed with a deep drive, plating three Trojan runners and a 10-8 lead with the Green Wave coming to the plate for their final at bat.
“They just started hitting the ball on us,” Blumenstock said. “We made one error that cost us a handful of runs.”
Greenville opened the bottom of the seventh with Reece Hunt getting hit with a pitch and a Shumaker single. A throwing error on a pickoff play to first had Wave runners on second and third with no outs.
L. Eldridge singled to center, cutting the Trojans’ lead to 10-9 with Eldridge stealing second putting runners on second and third.
“He (Logan Eldridge) is going to get better as we go on,” Blumenstock said of his freshman right fielder. “I have a great team. I have a lot of older kids. Logan is showing me a lot as far as his athletic ability. Everything he does at the plate is going to be a bonus for us.”
Wood sent a single to right field, scoring Shumaker with the tying run and setting the stage for Ward to lace a walk-off single over shortstop, plating L. Eldridge with the winning run and an 11-10 Greenville win.
“I know that the Cross County Conference schools we play are giving us the best they have,” Blumenstock said. “You can tell they are excited and ready to play.”