The Green Wave puts its veteran pitching staff to the test in early season scrimmage play
GREENVILLE – The Greenville varsity boys baseball team have hosted the National Trail Blazers and the Marion Local Flyers in varsity scrimmages at Greenville’s Sater Heights Park, home of the Green Wave before the rains moved in Monday to put the brakes on the early 2022 OHSAA baseball preseason.
“The hopes are always high for the boys to be successful,” said first year GHS coach, Adam Eberwein. “As a first year coach you always want to have the bar set pretty high for your program.”
“So far for the two scrimmages we have had, we’ve come out and done things that we should be doing in a scrimmage,” Eberwein added. “Getting those little mistakes out of the way and getting the communication figured out so when it comes to the real deal we’re not out there making those little mistakes and those little errors.”
Coach Eberwein takes over a program with a veteran pitching staff and a solid hitting team going into the spring season.
“We have a strong top end pitching staff,” said Eberwein. “The issue I feel like we may run into is our depth with that. So far things have gone really well but once those older guys get through we’re going to have to depend on some guys that don’t have as much experience on the mound as those other guys do. Hopefully those guys that haven’t had that much experience on the mound can grow as pitchers pretty quick.”
Playing in the Miami Valley League with the majority of the teams playing at the D-I level, Greenville takes to the diamonds as a Division II program.
“There are no gimmes out there, not in the MVL,” Eberwein stated. “We have to play solid baseball every single time we come out and us as coaches have to make sure that our guys understand that every single time we come out on the field the expectations are high and they know when they step out on the field they have to play one hundred percent. There is no room for errors, there is no room mental mistakes and things of that nature. If they want to be a successful that’s what we have to get past.”
As with most high school sports programs, it comes down to two seasons, the regular season followed by the season ending OHSAA tournament resulting in a State Championship team.
“We talk about the MVL Champs first,” noted Eberwein. “We have to focus on our league first. If you can go out and play well in your league then that usually translates into your tournament. If you can play the teams we play at a competitive level all the way around then we will play well in the tournament.”
Rounding out the Greenville Senior High School coaching staff includes: Brent Short, Karsyn Fender, Cody McKenzie, Erik Griggs.
“Coach Short is my varsity assistant,” Coach Eberwein said. “He’s been coaching baseball for quite a while and knows the game real well. He’s a really nice addition to our staff. Coach Fender coached for Greenville last year and the COVID year so I wanted to give him an opportunity to grow as a coach. This is Coach McKenzie’s first year ever coaching baseball so he’s learning the ropes. Erik Griggs is a baseball guy – graduated from Greenville, knows the game real well and knows how to handle the pitching side of the game.”
Greenville calls Sater Heights Park known for its eight foot high out field solid green wall, beauty and charm and well stocked concession stands food and drinks.
“There is always room for improvement,” noted Eberwein. “There are some structural things we plan to do with the infield. We have material to start working on the wall – we’re going to replace all the boards on the wall with the construction class.”
“We are going to give it a little bit of a facelift and that plays hand in hand with how the kids play too,” Eberwein added. “They learn to take care of their facility, they have pride in what they do then they’ll have pride in the way they play.”
The 2022 GHS baseball roster starting with the freshman class through the seniors:
Kale Delk, Jackson Eberwein, Adam Edwards, Carson Good, Drew Hamilton, Hunter Henninger, Layne Hocker, Owen McGreevey, Braeden Wills, Bryce Blumenstock, Quentin Garner, Lance Greer, Carson Henry, Keaton Hill, Aidan Honeyman, Trevor Mardin, Braden Addis, Ty Bush, Avery Ernst, Hunter Fannin, Rich Heidrich, Tyler McKinniss, AJ Shaffer, Brock Short, Alex Baumgardner, Hayden Bush, Seth Delk, Matthew Edwards, Warren Hartzell and Alex Kolb.