Greenville baseball team rebounds, tops Central Montcalm twice

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 11:31 pm on Friday, May 04, 2012

Greenville's Travis Groom (12) gets back to second as a throw comes to Central Montcalm's Austin Edwards during the first game of the teams' doubleheader Friday. — Daily News/Chip Burch

STANTON — Greenville’s baseball team was able to get back on the winning track after getting mercied Thursday.

The Yellow Jackets won both ends of a doubleheader against Central Montcalm Friday, winning 12-0 in five innings and 9-3.

“It was nice to see us bounce back offensively from a tough loss,” Greenville coach Mike Rasmussen said.

Once again, a single bad inning cost the Green Hornets (3-10) in each game.

The bad inning in the opener happened in the third inning, as Greenville (7-7) batted around plus four batters and scored eight of the 12 runs on losing pitcher Micah Parr.

“We didn’t come to compete,” Central coach Rocky Studley said. “It was a lack of effort and we didn’t come to compete on our part. Nobody to blame but us.”

Greenville's Brad Gilbert fouls off a pitch during the Yellow Jackets' game against Central Montcalm Friday. — Daily News/Chip Burch

Meanwhile, Jacket starting pitcher Travis Groom had no problems with the Hornets, pitching a complete-game three-hitter, striking out five without a walk.

“He (Groom) hit the outside edge on us repeatedly, our kids knew they were going to it and we didn’t take advantage of it,” Studley said.

“He’s thrown really well,” Rasmussen said of Groom. “The thing he did was he kept the ball down. The majority of the hitters started out with a first-pitch strikes.”

Parr ended up with just five hits allowed, but he walked five while striking out two in three-plus innings of work.

Groom helped his own cause at the plate with three hits, three runs scored and two RBIs. Tyler Orr added two hits and three RBIs.

“We made a couple of adjustments at the plate,” Rasmussen said. “We started trying to hit the ball up the middle and to right field. After that we got on a little bit of a roll.”

Central’s three hits came from Parr, Forrest Bartz and Taren Ellsworth.

The bad inning in the nightcap was the second, as Greenville scored four runs on the Hornets before adding another three in the third.

“We had a pretty good approach the entire day,” Rasmussen said.

Tyler Orr pitched a complete game for the Jackets, allowing four hits and a walk against eight strikeouts.
Austin Edwards was hit with the loss for Central.

Parker Syrjala, Max Little, Stephen Oliver and Brad Gilbert had two hits each for Greenville. Hunter Myers had two hits for the Hornets.

Studley was happier with the hitting of his team in the second game.

“I think we came out a little more focused and ready to compete,” he said. “Maybe getting your butt kicked it made your focus better.”

Both teams will be in action at home Tuesday. Greenville will host Lowell while Central hosts Holton.

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