Greenville baseball takes two against Lakeview


By Bruce Bentley • Last Updated 9:48 am on Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lakeview’s Brad Hamlin delivers a pitch during Wednesday’s game at Greenville. The Wildcats lost both ends of a doubleheader as both teams wrapped up the regular season.

GREENVILLE — They kept swinging and they kept finding holes.

The Greenville Yellow Jackets baseball team scattered 11 hits in a 13-3 game two victory over the Lakeview Wildcats on Wednesday night.

Greenville also earned a 9-4 victory in game one. Both games were scheduled for just five innings as both teams tuned up for the district tournament on Saturday.

In addition to the hitting, the Yellow Jackets did a great job on the mound limiting the Wildcats to five hits.

Travis Groom earned the win in four innings of work, allowing four hits, three runs, two earned runs while striking out five. Max Little pitched the final inning, allowing one hit with two strikeouts.

“Travis and Max both threw a lot of strikes and worked ahead in the count,” Greenville coach Mike Rasmussen. “That will keep you in a lot of games, that type of pitching. We made a couple of mistakes on defense, but we were able to overcome those.”

Groom helped himself at the plate with two doubles and four RBIs.

“Today he really did hit well. He struggled for a little bit this season,” Rasmussen said of Groom. “Every hitter has peaks and valleys. You just hope the valley doesn’t last longer than the peaks do. Tonight, he let the ball travel and trusted his hands. That was good to see.”

Lakeview started the scoring in the first inning.

Garrett Cavendish led off with a single to center. He was later thrown out at the plate on a throw from shortstop Parker Syrjala. Jordan Stephens reached on an error and scored on a passed ball.

Greenville junior Tre Nelson connects for a second inning single that drove in two runs.

“We were missing a few guys and struggled a little bit today,” Lakeview coach Ryan Vellanti said. “They hit the ball.”

Greenville countered with two in the bottom of the first inning.

Syrjala scored on a wild pitch and Tre Nelson scored on an RBI single by Stephen Oliver.

The Yellow Jackets opened up the game with eight runs in the second inning on four hits. Nelson, Groom and Jake Crittenden each had two RBIs in the inning as the Yellow Jackets batted around.

“We struggled to get strikes in the second game,” Vellanti said. “We had four walks in the second inning and they took advantage of the base runners.”

Lakeview scored twice more in the fourth inning on singles by Cory Hamlin and Evan Saxton to make the score 10-3.

The Yellow Jacket added three in the bottom half of the fourth on a double by Groom and a single by Devin Hawes.

Syrjala, Nelson, Oliver and Groom each had two hits for Greenville. Cavendish had two hits for the Wildcats.

Brad Hamlin took the loss.

In game one, Syrjala allowed one hit in four innings for the win. He added two hits as did Nelson in the game one win.

Kyler Ridgeway suffered the loss while Stephens had two hits for the Wildcats.

The regular season is over for both teams. The Wildcats finished 6-21 overall. Greenville wrapped up the regular season 14-12.

Both teams are in action on Saturday in the district semifinals.

Lakeview will face Morley Stanwood at Newaygo at 10 a.m. Greenville faces host Rockford at 12:45 p.m.

The district finals will take place Saturday afternoon.

“Rockford is a high powered team and returning state champs,” Rasmussen said. “We have our work cut out for us in that game.”

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