By Gaylen Blosser
April 23, 2014
GREENVILLE – The Greenville baseball team fell to the visiting Troy Trojans 8-2 on Tuesday at Sater Park.
Troy opened the game with a single to right only to be kept off the scoreboard with a perfect Bailey Haworth throw to second from his catching position, nailing a steal attempt for the third out.
Colton Nealeigh drilled a two-out double between right and center only to be stranded with a groundout to short.
A second inning opening double and a two-out single had the Trojans taking a 1-0 lead.
Greenville put runners on second and third with one out, using opening back-to-back walks to Haworth and Ethan Clark and a passed ball.
A second passed ball scored a sliding Haworth at the plate, evening the score at 1-1 heading to third inning play.
An error, three singles and a double provided three Trojan third inning runs to take a 4-1 lead.
Two walks and a passed ball had runners on second and third with one out in the bottom of the third inning for the Wave. The threat stalled with a popup to short and a groundout to second.
Troy added a fifth run in the fourth without the aid of a hit for a 5-1 score.
The Wave got a run back in the bottom if the inning with Clark reaching by way of a hit batsman, an Austin Baumgardner single to left and a walk to Logan Eldridge, bringing a Trojans’ pitching change.
A strikeout was followed with a one-out RBI sacrifice fly to center off the bat of Cole Ward, scoring Clark for a 5-2 score where the score stood after four complete.
Troy had the bases loaded in the top of the fifth with no outs but only plated one run with the Wave using a 6-4-3 double play ball — Ryan Eldridge to Nealeigh to Baumgardner — and Austin Weimer striking out the last batter for a 6-2 Trojans’ lead.
Haworth drove a two-out triple to right but was stranded with a well hit deep fly to right off the bat of Baumgardner.
Weimer set the Trojans down in order in the top of the sixth with a groundout to Nealeigh at second, a popup to Ward at third and a grounder to R. Eldridge at short.
A strikeout and a lineout to right opened the bottom of the sixth for the Wave, who had Ward at the plate with two down.
Ward took a ball in the mouth off an attempted bunt, halting the game while the trainer attended to the Wave’s senior third baseman.
With two busted lips, Ward jumped back in the box with two strikes and immediately drilled a single between left and center. Unable to keep the inning going, the Green Wave trailed 6-2 heading to the final inning of play.
A Troy seventh inning opening double was followed with a groundout to R. Eldridge at short and a fly to Quinton Wood in center only to be followed with three consecutive singles, plating two Trojans before a third out fly to center.
Back-to-back groundouts opened the bottom of the Wave’s seventh followed with a Haworth single to left with the final out coming on a popup to the visiting catcher, giving the Trojans an 8-2 win.