Greenville takes advantage of Sexton errors

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 2:45 pm on Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Greenville’s Austin Sherman delivers a pitch during Wednesday’s home game against Lansing Sexton. The Yellow Jackets won 15-5 in five innings.

GREENVILLE — It wasn’t a pretty win by the Greenville baseball team, but it was a win nonetheless.

The Yellow Jackets took advantage of seven Lansing Sexton errors to mercy the Big Reds 15-5 in five innings Tuesday afternoon in a doubleheader shortened to one game because of weather.

“The big thing is we have to play with more energy,” Greenville coach Mike Rasmussen said. “We were a little flat today. Obviously the weather conditions played a role in that but we have to be mentally stronger than that.”

Sexton (0-2) opened the game with two runs in the first inning on two walks, an error and a hit batter. But the Jackets (1-1) picked up five in the bottom of the inning thanks to three Big Red errors.

Greenville added four more in the second to one for Sexton, as the Jackets were given two more errors for added baserunners.

By the end of the second inning Greenville had nine runs on six hits. The Big Reds had three runs without a hit.

Jacket starting pitcher Jordan Powell walked the first three batters he faced in the third inning, so Rasmussen went to Austin Sherman, who allowed two of the runs to score but got the Big Reds in the fourth and fifth innings for the win.

“We talked about not giving up freebies,” Rasmussen said. “That gives the team baserunners without having to do a whole lot.”

In all Powell went two-plus innings, walked six and struck out five without allowing a hit. Sherman allowed the only hit of the game to the Big Reds — a single to Nate Emens in the fifth inning. He struck out three.

The Jackets had eight hits, but the only player to have two was Travis Groom. Stephen Oliver scored four runs while getting on base by four errors.

“We put the ball in play,” Rasmussen said. “We did the same thing against Comstock Park even though we only scored one run. We were not striking out and putting the barrel on the ball. That’s nice to see especially early in the year.”

Sexton’s Nate Moore had a game to forget, committing four of the seven errors at shortstop.

The Jackets will host Belding Friday.

“That’s a rivalry game,” Rasmussen said. “Both schools want to win that game. We have to play with a lot of energy.”

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