Greenville baseball knocks off top-rated Christian

By Daily News • Last Updated 12:08 pm on Wednesday, May 02, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS – The Greenville Yellow Jackets baseball team was the first to defeat the Grand Rapids Christian Eagles this season.

The Eagles — Division 2 runner-up in 2011 — were ranked No. 1 this year in Division 2 and are favored to win the state title.

Greenville won game one 7-5 before falling in game two 9-0.

Parker Syrjala pitched the Yellow Jackets to victory in game one. He allowed seven hits, five runs, all earned, with six strikeouts in seven innings.

At the plate, Syrjala had two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs.

Jacob Crittenden had two hits and two RBIs while Brad Gilbert and Stephen Oliver each had one hit and one RBI. Travis Groom added a triple.

The Eagles bounced back with a 9-0 win in game two.

Groom suffered the loss, allowing eight runs, four earned in three innings. Austin Sherman pitched the final three innings.

Syrjala had one hit for Greenville.

The Yellow Jackets improved to 5-6 overall and 4-4 in the O-K White. They travel to Central Montcalm on Friday.

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