Greenville American Legion downs Marysville

It’s been fun to watch this team grow even in just two weeks ... Coach Chad Henry

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Nathan Waggoner earns Greenville Post 140 win over Troy in first round American Legion District Tournament play. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

VANDALIA – Greenville American Legion Post 140 18U earned a 7-5 come-from-behind win over the Marysville Mitts in tournament play at Vandalia.

“It’s been fun to watch this team grow even in just two weeks,” said Greenville Post 140 coach Chad Henry.  “The confidence and maturity they’ve shown on the field speaks volumes to how coachable these young men are.”

Marysville plated 2 runs in the bottom of the first and a run in the bottom of the third to lead 3-0 over Post 140 with three innings in the book.

Greenville battled back with three runs in the top of the fourth, opening the inning with three consecutive singles from B Chambers, Z Fulk, and a 2 run single off the bat of N Waggoner. A V Taylor groundout to second score N Waggoner with Post 140’s third run of the inning to even the score at 3-3, only to have the Mitts score 2 runs in the bottom of the fourth to lead 5-3 over Post 140.

Post 140 once again battled back, scoring 2 runs in the top of the fifth with S Kiser leading off the inning with a triple to center, B Huggins singling to third, and B Kramer knocking an RBI single to right. Huggins raced home on a double play ball to even the score a 5-5 with Marysville coming to the plate at the bottom of the inning.

“Seth Kiser missed the spring with Mississinawa not having a program, but he’s been putting in extra work getting up to speed and he’s kept a great attitude getting there,” Henry noted. “His triple today was a piece out to right-center. The guy had no idea he could hit it that far.”

Greenville Post 140 got a sixth-inning A Skaggs leadoff single and scored the go-ahead run with an RBI V Taylor single.

Post 140 added an insurance run in the top of the seventh, with B Kramer collecting a run-scoring single to center for a final 7-5 Greenville American Legion win.

“We took their best shot, responded, then went down again and just kept answering until we took the lead,” Coach Henry said, “and when we took it, we never let them back in.”

Ashton Skaggs tossed 4.0 innings allowing 2 earned runs on 4 hits, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts. Nathan Waggoner picked up the win in relief, throwing 3.0 innings, allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out five.

Zack Fulk paced Post 140 going 2-4, both doubles and 2 runs scored; Bryce Kramer was 2-4 with 2 RBI; Seth Kiser went 1-2, a triple, a walk and a run; Braden Chambers 1-4 and a run; Ashton Skaggs 1-2; Brayden Huggins 1-4 with a run; Nathan Waggoner 1-2, 2 RBI and a run; Vance Taylor 1-3 with 2 RBI; Layne Hocker and Braeden Wills each with a walk and Owen Mcgreevey a run scored.

BOX SCORE

123 456 7   R   H   E

000 321 1   7   10 1   Greenville

201 200 0   5   9   1   Marysville