Greenville baseball, softball lose at districts

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 9:40 am on Monday, June 03, 2013

Rockford’s Kory Young (19) dives back to fist base as Greenville’s Caleb Vinton, right, awaits the throw during the district baseball tournament Saturday.

GREENVILLE — Greenville’s baseball team ran into a tough opponent in their first game of the Division 1 district baseball tournament.

The Yellow Jackets were beat by the Rockford Rams Saturday, getting mercied 12-2 when Greenville gave up seven runs in the fifth inning.

The Rams got two runs in the top of the first inning, only to see the Jackets get those back in the bottom of the frame on RBIs by Jacob Crittenden and Caleb Vinton.

Rockford took a 4-2 lead in the fourth without a hit, but exploded for the seven-run fifth when they sent 13 batters to the plate and scored five runs before an out was recorded.

“We had a chance to make a few plays and if we make a few plays it’s a different game,” Greenville coach Mike Rasmussen said. “We were trying to throw strikes and work ahead.”

The Rams finished the mercy with a sacrifice bunt that scored a run in the sixth inning.

The win went to Brent Showers, who went the first four innings and struck out six and fanned four without a walk.

Travis Groom was hit with the loss when he gave up 11 of the 12 runs on eight hits and two walks without a strikeout in four-plus innings.

“We just didn’t execute 100 percent,” Rasmussen said.

Greenville also committed three errors in the game — two in the fifth.

Crittenden and Parker Syrjala had two hits each for Greenville. Rockford got three this from Steven Powell, including a two-run homer that chased Groom.

Rockford went on to win the district championship, mercying Forest Hills Northern 10-0 in the final. The Rams defeated Northview on Wednesday in the pre-district game at Greenville.

Northview 7, Greenville 6

Greenville’s softball team had a chance to win their district opener.

Greenville’s Lexii Canterbury delivers a pitch during Saturday’s district semifinal at Greenville.

But a misplayed fly ball with two out in the bottom of the seventh inning brought home the winning run in a 7-6 loss to the Northview Wildcats.

“We had some errors, yeah,” Greenville coach Tom Hallock said. “They were hustling errors and we worked hard and did some good things.”

One of those good things were coming back from a 4-1 deficit after three innings. Greenville scored two runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth to take the lead.

“I told them when we were down 4-1 we’re going to hit,” Hallock said. “We scored 14 runs the last time we faced this pitcher. We’re going to hit and we’re going to score. We just need to take care the ball and make the routine plays. Offensively, we need to get a couple of bunts down.”

Northview got one back in the fifth on an RBI double from Teegan Shomin, then tied the game in the sixth on a sacrifice fly from Isabella Tysse.

Shomin singled and stole second in the bottom of the seventh inning. She scored on the misplayed fly.

That put the loss on Lexii Canterbury, who went the distance and gave up 10 hits and stuck out five without a walk.

Greenville got 10 hits off winning pitcher McKenzie Hanks, who walked three and struck out five – none after the second inning.

Beth Gantz, Nikota Howe, Katie Maxon and Emily Schnepp had two hits each for Greenville.

“Overall we made such big improvements and I’m just very very proud of the girls,” Hallock said. “I’m disappointed it’s over.”

Northview won the district, mercying Lowell 10-0 in the finals.

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