By Gaylen Blosser
June 16, 2014
DAYTON — Greenville American Legion Post 140 defeated the Dayton Raiders 11-2 Saturday at the University of Dayton baseball stadium with Greenville’s Austin Weimer taking the mound for Post 140.
“It was important today that everybody got an opportunity to play when you play a venue like the University of Dayton,” Post 140 coach Thomas Martinez said.
Hitting in the two hole, Greenville’s Cole Ward reached base with one out by way of a hit batsman and immediately stole second base.
Mississinawa Valley’s Carson Stump drove a single to right-center, sending Ward to third. Ward raced home with the throw going to second on the play to give Post 140 a 1-0 lead.
Stump stole second and went to third on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Arcanum’s Austin Baker followed with a hit batsman sending Piqua’s Austin Reedy to first.
Playing in his last game for Post 140 due to leaving for the United States Marine Corp on Monday, National Trail’s Josh Lee drove a line drive single to center, scoring Stump and giving Greenville a 2-0 lead with Reedy advancing to third on the throw.
“It was a special day obviously with Josh Lee heading for the Marines on Monday,” Martinez said. ”We did our job today for our brother to send him off with a victory.”
Lee stole second with Reedy stealing home on the throw going to second to give Post 140 a 3-0 lead with the Raiders coming to the plate in the bottom of the first.
The Raiders got on the board in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of an opening walk a single to right putting runners on first and third with no outs.
A ground out to Ward at short plated a Raiders run followed with a popup to Greenville’s Bailey Haworth at first and a ground out to Arcanum’s Cole Burell at third.
Bradford’s Mason Justice led off the top of the second for Post 140 with a walk followed with a Haworth single to right.
Justice surprised the Raiders, racing home to give Haworth a RBI and Greenville a 4-1 lead.
A steal of second by Haworth and a Burell single to center gave Post 140 a 5-0 lead with Ward reaching first with his second hit batsman in as many plate appearances.
Stump knocked a single to left with Burell advancing to third and Ward going to second with both runners scoring on throws to give Greenville Legion a 7-1 lead with the Raiders coming to the plate in the bottom of the second.
“The bats came alive,” Martinez said. “All the starters made it available.”
Greenville went down in order in the top of the third while the Raiders were going quietly in the bottom of the third with a grounder back to Weimer on the mound, a ground out to Reedy at second and a strikeout by Weimer.
The Dayton Raiders opened bottom of the third with three consecutive singles, scoring a run with the first out of the inning coming on the play with a Raiders attempted advance at the plate.
Post 140 got out of the inning with back-to-back plays from shortstop Cole Ward with Greenville leading 7-2.
Greenville Legion went down in order in the top of the fourth inning with three consecutive ground outs to third.
With Reedy taking over on the mound for Post 140 the Raiders got an opening walk followed with a Reedy strikeout.
A Raiders single had two runners on with one out. Reedy struck out the next batter swinging with Ward snagging a liner for out No. 3.
Post 140 added two fifth inning runs with a one-out walk to Landon Peters, a Reedy single, Peters scoring on a fielder’s choice and an RBI double off the bat of Fairlawn’s Seth Bishop giving Greenville Legion a 9-2 lead.
Post 140 kept the Raiders off the board in the bottom of the fifth with Reedy picking up a strikeout.
Greenville got back-to-back one-out singles off the bats of Fairlawn’s Brad Caudill and Ward with Caudill and Ward advancing on a double steal.
A wild pitch made it 10-2 with Caudill scoring and Ward moving to third. A walk and a pinch runner thrown out on a stealing attempt at second had Ward sliding home from third on the play, giving Post 140 an 11-2 lead.
An opening Raiders’ walk was followed with a ground out to Bishop at second with the final two outs coming to Ward at short on a liner and a ground out, giving Greenville Post 140 a 11-2 win.
“Pretty much errorless ball today,” Martinez said. “I was really proud of the way we handled the defense today.”
Weimer picked up the win for Post 140.