Greenville honors seniors (L-R) Alex Kolb, Hayden Bush, Warren Hartzell, Matthew Edwards, Alex Baumgardner and Seth Delk. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Greenville edges Franklin Monroe

Green Wave earns Senior Night win over FM Jets

GREENVILLE – Greenville battled back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the visiting Franklin Monroe Jets 5-4 in non-conference action on Senior Night in Greenville.

Greenville honored five seniors prior to the start of the game; Alex Baumgardner, Hayden Bush, Seth Delk, Matthew Edwards, Warren Hartzell and Alex Kolb.

“Great senior night win,” said Greenville coach, Adam Eberwein. “All six of our seniors play, they all are huge contributors to our team and it is definitely going to be difficult to fill those shoes but we have some good young guys coming up and that’s the way all sports work – how do you replace the ones who leave and still continue to play at a high level.”

The Jets took advantage of 10 walks and three Greenville errors to keep the game close until the final out.

“We have two seniors, Alex Kolb and Hayden Bush that have done a really nice job this season on the mound for us,” Eberwein noted. “With the schedule coming up the rest of the week I was on able to use them on the mound for an inning apiece and they did exactly what they’ve done all season – they have been pretty solid for us all season.”

“Brought in Alex Baumgardner, another senior that’s has gotten a little bit of time on the mound,” added Eberwein. “He did a pretty nice job for a couple innings.”

Franklin Monroe took a 3-0 third-inning lead without the aid of a hit using a walk and three errors after three complete.

Greenville’s Alex Baumgardner made the defensive play of the night at second using his entire 6’5” frame to spear a line drive to thwart a Jets scoring opportunity.

“That completely killed the little bit of mojo that Franklin Monroe was starting to get,” Eberwein state. “That is the nice thing about having a good core group of seniors – those guys when they get that opportunity to make those plays they do it.”

The Jets used a seventh-inning walk, a single, back-to-back walks to plate a run with one out to make it a 5-4 game only to follow with back-to-back strikeouts to close out the night with Greenville earning a 1-run win.

“It took us a little bit to get the bats going and once we got the bats going a little bit we put some runs up,” Eberwein said. “We’ve been striving to play clean baseball and there in the middle we kind of got away from it but towards the end we picked it back up and got a good win for our seniors tonight.”

Greenville outhit the visiting Jets 8-1 on the night.

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Gaylen Blosser / Editor

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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