GREENVILLE — The GTI I baseball team is making a return trip to the ACME state tournament.
Greenville last won the ACME state title in 1979. The team is trying to repeat that feat this summer after falling short of the state tournament during the Ohio High School Athletic Association season.
Most of the players on the GTI team played on the Greenville High School regional finalist team this spring.
“It’s definitely an accomplishment, showing our hard work,” Jacob Burk said. “Our team is based on a lot of seniors. We’re kind of hard on each other at times, but it’s all in good fun.”
The GTI team has carried over the success of the spring season into the summer without the previous seasons seniors.
“That senior class was a good group of guys,” Burk said. “They set the ropes for us, and we’ve carried it on.”
Just like the spring team, the team struggled at times during the season but won the games it had to to advance. GTI lost its opening round game of the tournament but battled back to win the district title.
“After all the hard work we went through in the spring and summer, had our ups and downs, but came back strong,” Zach Weaver said. “It is hard to be focused sometimes.”
Coach Tyler Luce has done a good job of refocusing the team when he thought the effort was lacking.
Tyler Zimmerman was a part of the spring team but could not play due to an injury. He has come back and been a part of the summer team.
“We almost made it to state in the spring, to get back there in the summer on a team I can actually play is a lot better than sitting out and watching it from the bench,” Zimmerman said. “I am looking forward to see what we can do in this tournament.”
GTI will play its first game tonight against Defiance. at 5 p.m. at Montgomery Field in Celina’s Eastview Park.
A win would have them play Sunday at 7:30 p.m. against the Vandalia-Bowling Green winner. A loss would make the team battle back through the losers’ bracket.