Greenville American Legion Post 140 earns lopsided road win over Troy Post 43
TROY – Greenville American Legion Post 140 handed Troy Post 43 an 11-3 thumping in Tuesday night action on Troy’s home field out hitting the home team 15-4.
“It’s been a tough start against a few really good teams,” said Post 140 coach, Chad Henry. “Facing collegiate pitching in four of five games have made the kids approach a lot better out of necessity. Tonight we played loose, put great swings on hitter’s pitches and got off on the base paths as well.”
Greenville took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first and tacked on two runs in the top of the third to lead 4-0.
Troy plated its first run of the night in the bottom of the third to trail 4-1. Greenville added two runs in the top of the fourth and three in the fifth to stretch its lead to 9-1 with Troy coming to the plate in the bottom of the fifth.
“Fighting for every nook in a few of the better games so far has us looking to capitalize on anything we can.” Henry stated. “The kids were hungry and aggressive tonight, really made for a great situation for Will and me to coach.”
The final two inning saw both teams score two runs giving Greenville Post 140 a convincing eight run win.
Alex Kolb picked up the win tossing 5.2 innings, allowing two-earned runs on three hits while striking out six. Wyatt House pitched 1.1 innings in relief allowing no runs on one hit while striking out one.
“Having Alex Kolb for as long as I have, I know I get spoiled, but tonight his velocity was on nitro and his off-speed stuff was dropping off the table,” said Henry. “I know there were a few hits but I think he only caught one barrel.”
Ricky Heidrich paced Post 140 going 4-5 with 3-runs scored; Logan Todd was 3-4 with 2-runs; Rob Ellis 2-4 with 2-RBIs; Wyatt House 2-4, 1-RBI and a run; Colton Francis 2-4 and a RBI; Aiden Psczulkoski 1-3 with a wall, 2-RBIs and a run; Warren Hartzell 1-4 with a RBI and 2-runs; Alex Kolb 2-walks and a run and Hunter Reagan a walk.
“Ricky Hedrich has been great at the top of the order,” Henry said. “He’s currently OPS’ing (on-base percentage plus slugging) 1.000and seems like he’s always seeing six-plus pitches per at bat, really setting the tone for everyone coming up behind him.”
“Aiden Psczulkoski has hit a lot of balls hard lately but hasn’t been seeing the results,” added Coach Henry. “The ball he hit tonight was absolutely smoked off the bat and came in a very pivotal situation.”
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