Greenville win throws wrench in MVL Valley Division final standings

“This game really threw a wrench in the MVL Valley Division ... Coach Adam Eberwein

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Braeden Wills, Greenville varsity baseball. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

GREENVILLE – The Green Wave varsity boys baseball team traveled to Sidney to complete a game that was washed out after one inning of play last Friday with the score standing at 0-0 and a crazy bus experience going back to Sidney on Monday to complete the game.

Greenville arrived late due to busing issues and had to rush to get the game started at the scheduled 5 p.m. time.

The teams put up matching goose eggs through the first five innings of MVL play before Greenville broke the drought with a run in the top of the sixth getting an inning-opening single to center off the bat of Owen Mcgreevey followed by a Braeden Wills single and a Cole Oswalt groundout to second moving Mcgreevey to third and Wills advancing to second.

Greenville freshman catcher Isaac Kerg stayed alive at the plate, fouling off several pitches before drilling a 3-2 one-out single to left, plating the game’s lone run of the night in Greenville’s 1-0 shutout win, spoiling a good Sidney Yellow Jackets team of winning the MVL Valley Division outright.

“Our one run came from Isaac Kerg,” Eberwein stated. Isaac was at the plate, timing up the pitcher pretty well. He had two hard foul balls down the third base line, and he got another good pitch. He hit a hard ground ball. It took a bad bounce right over top the third baseman’s head, and I waved Braeden Wills on. They didn’t make a very good throw home, and that was what scored our one run, our winning run.”

“Our guys came out with a purpose and played solid baseball,” SSWS Eberwein.

Braeden Wills pitched a two-hit masterpiece, allowing no runs and five walks while striking out five to earn the Greenville win.

“Braeden Wills went the distance and pitched a great game,” said Coach Eberwein. “Their pitcher did well too.”

Greenville outhit Sidney 9-2 with Wills going 2-4 with a double while scoring the game’s only run. Adam Edwards was 2-4; Kerg went 1-3 with the game’s only RBI, and Titus Eberwein, Cole Oswalt, Mcgreevey, and Bryce Blumenstock each had singles.

“This game really threw a wrench in the MVL Valley Division,” Eberwein noted. “It was good to see us grind this one out.”

Greenville came into the night in last place in the better MVL Miami Division with a 5-11 mark, while Sidney came into the game with an 8-9 mark to stand alone atop the Valley Division, with Xenia and Fairborn right behind with 8-10 marks. When the dust settled, Sidney was denied an outright first-place finish with a logjam at the top of the Valley Division, with a three-way tie between Fairborn, Xenia, and Sidney with 8-10 marks.

“Friday it was still up in the air as to how that Valley Division was going to play out,” said Eberwein. “There were only a few teams that didn’t get games in Friday, and we were one of them, so everybody else played out the rest of their season, played out their games. Going into today, we knew we had a chance to make it sting a little bit for them, so you go up there, you have something to play for, and I was very proud of our guys.”

The better Miami Division ends with Butler at 15-1, Troy 16-2, Piqua 13-4, Tippecanoe 9-7, and Greenville 6-11.

BOX SCORE

123 456 7   R   H   E

000 001 0   1   9   2   Greenville

000 000 0   0   2   0   Sidney