Hayden Bush crushes a Greenville 3-run triple in the Wave's OHSAA DII tournament win over Oakwood. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Greenville baseball defeats Oakwood

Green Wave advance with 10-4 OHSAA DII tournament win over Oakwood Lumberjacks

GREENVILLE – The No. 4 seed Greenville Green Wave jumped out to a 9-0 lead over the No. 5 seed Oakwood Lumberjacks and coasted to a 10-4 win advancing in second round OHSAA DII tournament action after receiving a first round bye.

“We felt like we got a pretty good draw in the tournament,” said Greenville coach, Adam Eberwein. “The position we were at in the bracket we knew coming in here that Oakwood was definitely going to be a beatable team.”

The Green Wave used an Oakwood dropped third strike, an Alex Baumgardner two-out walk and a run scoring AJ Shaffer single to center to take an early 1-0 lead after two-innings of play.

Greenville jumped on the Lumberjacks for five third-inning runs taking advantage of a Matthew Edwards leadoff single to left, an Alex Kolb walk and a bases loading single of the bat of Ricky Heidrich.

Edwards scored the second run of the night by way of an Oakwood error followed with a walk to Warren Hartzell loading the bases setting up a Hayden Bush 3-run triple deep to centerfield upping the Green Wave lead to 5-0.

Seth Delk rounded out third-inning scoring with a RBI single to right giving Greenville a 6-0 advantage.

The Wave loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fourth with an Oakwood dropped third strike, an error and a Hartzell walk and Braden Addis collecting a RBI by way of a hit by pitch, a run scoring Baumgardner single to center and a Lumberjacks’ error scoring Hartzell putting Greenville up 9-0 with four-inning s in the book.

Oakwood plated 3-runs in the top of the fifth aided by two walks, back-to-back singles and a Wave error bringing a pitching change to the mound. Brock Short tossed back-to-back strikeouts to get the Wave out of the inning with a 9-3 lead.

“There are a lot of factors that go into making some of those decisions,” Eberwein said of the pitching change. “Going from a lefty to a righty that has a different arm angle, kind of a short arm pitcher and changes some timing up for some hitters – fortunately for us we made the plays when we needed to.”

“We have to play a little bit cleaner baseball,” added Eberwein. “We played good baseball today but it wasn’t the cleanest game that we’ve played this year.”

Greenville took advantage of an Edwards single and steel of second and an Oakwood error to plate the Wave’s 10th run of the game. The Lumberjacks made it a 10-4 matchup with a homerun over the leftfield wall to open the top of the seventh before going quietly with Greenville advancing in tournament play.

“It took everybody that was in the lineup today to do a job,” Coach Eberwein said. “We said all year we have to be playing our best baseball at this point in time – I still don’t thing we’re at that point but we are really close.”

Alex Kolb earned the win pitching 4.1-innings allowing 2-earned runs, 5-hits, 4-walks while striking out seven. Brock Short closed out the game going 2.2 innings allowing 1-earned run, 2-walks and striking out five.

Hayden Bush went 1-4 with a triple and 3-RBIs; Baumgardner was 2-3 with a double, a walk and a RBI and Edwards went 2-4 with 2-runs scored.

Shaffer was 1-3 with a walk and 1-RBI; Delk 1-3 with a RBI; Heidrich 1-3 with a walk and 2-runs and Warren Hartzell 3-walks and 2-runs scored.

Greenville takes on the No. 1 seed Eaton Eagles in a May 24, Tuesday night matchup at Miamisburg’s Dayton Christian field with a 5 p.m. start time.

“We have to face the No. 1 seed at Dayton Christian and it’s going to be a good battle,” Eberwein said. “It’s going to be a good game and our guys are going to do what they have to do these next couple of days to get themselves prepared for that. We look forward to some good competition against Eaton.”

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Greenville's Alex Kolb earns OHSAA tournament win over the Oakwood Lumberjacks. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Matthew Edwards makes a Greenville catch in deep center in the Wave's tournament win over Oakwood. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
AJ Shaffer knocks a run scoring single in Green Wave tournament win over Oakwood. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Alex Baumgardner drills a Greenville double in the team's OHSAA DII tournament win over Oakwood. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Brock Short shuts down the Oakwood in relief to preserve a tournament win for Greenville. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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