Greenville baseball takes two from Belding


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 11:02 am on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Belding’s Brady Blasher prepares for his at bat Monday against Greenville. Belding fell to Greenville 9-8 in game one of the double header.

BELDING — Greenville’s baseball team got some offense going in their doubleheader against Belding Monday.

The Yellow Jackets were able to pound out 19 runs in beating the Redskins 9-8 and 10-1 on Belding’s diamond.

In both games, Greenville (13-8) jumped out to big leads.

“The first game we had a really good start,” Greenville coach Corey Kohler said. “I was disappointed we didn’t put that game away, honestly. We let them (Belding) hang around, started scoreboard watching when we were up 7-0.”

The Jackets scored four times in the first inning and three more in the third to get that 7-0 lead, only to see the Redskins (9-16) come back with two in the third and four in the fourth to close the gap.

“The kids were having good at bats,” Belding coach Michael Ostrander said. “Hitting is a contagious thing. One guy does it and the next one wants to do it and the bench gets into it and we started having a little bit of fun.”

Greenville got two runs in the top of the fifth inning, only to give those back in the bottom half.

Belding had the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh with one out, but a pair of strikeouts ended the game.

Logan Sharp got the win for the Jackets after going the first three-plus innings and allowing eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Matt LeBlanc got the save with one hit allowed and two strikeouts.

The losing pitcher was Aaden Quinn, who scattered four hits and four walks without a strikeout in 2 1/3 innings.

Greenville’s Kolton Dunham slides under a Brian Daller tag at third base Monday night in Belding.

“We told our guys we spotted them (Greenville) too many early,” Ostrander said. “We had some help giving them runs later. I was proud of our kids the way we came back. We had an opportunity with bases loaded, one out and two shots to win it and we didn’t do it.”

Five different Redskins had two hits each: Sam Syrjala, Kole Hart, Neil McCully, Michael Albert and Brady Blasher.

Greenville got two hits from Calvin Syrjala and Eric Januzelli.

In the second game, the Jackets scored three in the first, another in the second, four more in the third and two in the fourth to get a big win.

Calvin Syrjala did the rest, going all four innings and scattering just two hits — to Quinn and Albert — while walking five and fanning five.

“Again you spot them three and it’s walks and hit-by-pitches,” Ostrander said. “In high school ball, walks or a hit-by-pitch is going to score a lot. Maybe if we keep playing, maybe we crawl back into it, find a way. We did it once and we could do it again.”

But Greenville scored 10 runs on nine hits.

“I thought our approach was better in the second game,” Kohler said. “We hit fastballs better. We worked deep into counts, which I don’t care to do. If it’s a fastball I want them hitting it. It paid off in that game for sure.”

In two different appearances Logan Campbell gave up seven walks in two innings, allowing three hits and two strikeouts for the loss.

Parker Syrjala, Kolton Dunham and Tyler Orr had two hits each for Greenville.

The Yellow Jackets are at home Wednesday against Forest Hills Eastern while Belding is at Wyoming High today.

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