GREENVILLE – The Greenville varsity baseball team beat the New Bremen Cardinals 14-1 in four-and-a-half innings Thursday, winning by a run rule for the third consecutive game while upping its record to 14-7 on the season.
“We hit the ball really solid tonight,” Greenville varsity coach Eric Blumenstock said. “It was nice to break loose today, get a big win and 18 hits again”
Bailey Haworth took the mound for the Green Wave, setting the Cardinals down in order with an opening strikeout, a rocket to a diving Cole Ward snagging a line drive to his left and a groundout to Ryan Eldridge at short.
“His (Cole Ward) reflexes are quick,” Blumenstock said. “He’s strong. He’s a lot stronger than he was last year … he’s a lot quicker than he was last year. BJ Paulus over a SNAP Fitness really did a really good job with him.”
Quinton Wood stole second and went to third on the throw after reaching first with an opening walk. Batting in the second hole, Ward picked up and RBI with an infield knock, sending Wood home and giving the Wave a 1-0 first inning lead.
Haworth struck out the first Cardinal of inning No. 2 followed with back-to-back popups to Ward at third and R. Eldridge at short with the Wave leading 1-0 coming to the plate in the bottom of the second.
Greenville put the first two hitters on base with Wave junior catcher Reece Hunt opening the bottom of the second inning with an infield single and Austin Baumgardner lashing a single to left before New Bremen set the next three batters down in order.
Haworth set the Cardinals down in order in the top of the third with an opening strikeout, fielding a grounder back to the mound and a groundout to Ward at third to maintain a 1-0 lead.
“Bailey (Haworth) got his first win tonight,” Blumenstock said. “It’s been a long, long road back for Bailey, and that was one of the reasons I made the switch tonight. I moved Austin (Baumgardner) back to tomorrow to get Bailey a start. He’s worked hard for it. We got him through four innings.
“Bailey hasn’t thrown more than an inning or two this year at one time. He looked real sharp. Curveball looked great and good velocity on his fastball,” Blumenstock added. “Real proud of the kid for everything that he has done to come back from his shoulder surgery.”
The Wave bats came alive in the bottom of the third with five runs added to the board, giving Greenville a 6-0 lead.
A Colton Nealeigh single to left and R. Eldridge beating out an infield hit brought a hot-hitting Kyle Bruner to bat, drilling a double to the base of the wall in dead center field and driving in both Nealeigh and Eldridge for a 3-0 lead.
“Kyle Bruner is getting real close to the top of the GWOC in RBIs,” Blumenstock said. “He’s really hitting the ball.”
Baumgardner drove a two-out single to center, sending Bruner to third, followed with Wave freshman right fielder Logan Eldridge legging out an infield single to score Bruner for a 4-0 lead.
Left fielder Ethan Clark reached by way of a Cardinal error, loading the bases with Wood coming to the plate with two outs.
Wood drilled a single to center, picking up two RBI for a 6-0 Wave lead. Ward took his turn at the plate, driving a single to center and filling the bases before a Wave popup closed out the third inning.
New Bremen picked up a fourth inning-opening single and a walk, putting runners on first and second with no outs.
A fly to Wood in center followed with a hit batter loaded the Cardinal bases with one out.
Bremen picked up a run with a single to center. Wave center fielder Quinton Wood came up throwing and hit R. Eldridge, the Wave’s cutoff man, who fired to Ward at third with Ward getting the tag down on a sliding Cardinal player for the second out.
With runners on first and second Ward fielded a grounder at third and stepped on the bag for an unassisted third out of the inning.
Greenville put the game away in the bottom of the fourth inning putting eight runs on the board.
R. Eldridge led off the inning with an infield single for the first of four consecutive hits. Bruner was next with a single to left, followed with Hunt beating out an infield single to score Eldridge.
Baumgardner hitting in the designated hitter spot drove a double to left-center, picking up two RBI for a 9-1 lead.
“Austin Baumgardner got a shot in the DH (designated hitter) spot. He was originally going to be my starting pitcher tonight,” Blumenstock said. “I made an adjustment. He’s going to throw tomorrow night but stepped up and went 3-for-4 with a couple of RBIs.”
Clark legged out an infield single, bringing Wood to the plate to add a RBI with a single to right-center for a 10-1 score.
Ward gave Greenville a double-digit lead, driving an RBI single to right-center to lead 11-1 with Nealeigh making in 12-1 with a solid single to left.
A R. Eldridge single to left had the bases loaded for a two-run double off the bat of Bruner, upping the Wave’s lead to 14-1.
Blumenstock went to his bullpen, bringing Shumaker in to close out the top of the fifth inning.
A lineout to Ward at third, a strikeout looking and a fly to Wood in center had the Wave improving their season record to 14-7 with the 14-1 win.
“Our three, four and five (Nealeigh, R. Eldridge and Bruner) are really smacking the ball now. Two hole (Ward) is hitting the ball hard. Leadoff (Wood) is getting on,” Blumenstock said. “A lot of guys are stepping up and doing good things.”