GREENVILLE — The Greenville Yellow Jackets used a couple of underclassman hurlers to keep the Central Montcalm hitters at bay.
Greenville freshman Tyler Schmitt pitched four innings, while sophomore Eduardo Rivera threw the final three innings in a 3-1 second game win at home on Wednesday.
The duo held the Hornets to five hits.
“It was nice to see our young guys pitch well,” Greenville coach Corey Kohler said. “Those guys are really young. This was the first time both of them pitched. The key was they threw strikes.”
Schmitt allowed one run and two hits. He struck out two. Rivera allowed three hits, but no runs, with two strikeouts.
“We couldn’t generate much offense, which was the story of the day,” Central Montcalm coach Bob Luginbuhl said. The kids Greenville threw did well today.”
Greenville scored a run in the first inning.
Schmitt led the game off with a double down the left field line. Kolton Dunham, pinch running for Schmitt, scored on a fielder’s choice by Calvin Syrjala.
The Yellow Jackets tacked on two more runs in the third inning.
Jared Vinton drove in Dunham, pinch running for Schmitt after a walk, on a groundout to third. Hunter Sorsen, who singled after the Schmitt walk, advanced to third on the Vinton groundout and scored on a wild throw to get him out.
“We didn’t get a ton of hits, but I feel like, for the first time, our swings got better,” Kohler said. “We lost a little over spring break. I thought we had a good day in the cage yesterday (Tuesday) and I think we hit the ball hard today, but we hit it right at people.”
Central Montcalm’s Brandon Braman kept the Yellow Jackets in check the remainder of the game. In seven innings, Braman allowed four hits and two earned runs.
“I was real happy with his performance. He threw a lot of strikes and didn’t walk a lot of people,” Luginbuhl said. “He kept his composure. It was a good stepping stone for him.”
Austin Williams led the seventh inning off with a walk. After an out, Todd Switzer singled to put two runners on with one out.
Rivera, though, got the final two outs to end the game.
“I was happy we were able to stick around and give ourselves a chance to win at the end,” Luginbuhl said. “I’ve been happy with our defense today and all season long.”
Mitch Niewoonder and Brandon Dines also had hits for Greenville. Todd Switzer had two hits for Central Montcalm.
“He’s had a nice start. He has calmed his swing down and has some real nice results,” Luginbuhl said of Switzer. “What you saw tonight was what we see on a nightly basis.”
Game 1: Greenville 8, Central Montcalm 1
Greenville scored one run in the first and four runs in the second inning to open up a 5-0 lead on Central Montcalm in game one.
Dunham had two hits and three runs. Sorsen, Vinton, Rivera and Logan Sharp all had two hits.
Sharp earned the win in six innings of work. He didn’t allow a run, just three hits and struck out six.
“Overall, we looked more comfortable tonight,” Kohler said. “We are very young. We just have to settle down as we start league next week. It was nice to get some confidence and we needed that.”
Switzer pitched all seven innings for the Hornets. He took the loss, allowing 10 hits, six earned runs, while striking out three.
Brody Shindorf, Noah Spohr and Switzer had hits for the Hornets.
Central Montcalm (4-2) is at the Holton Tournament on Saturday. Greenville (3-4) begins O-K Bronze play with a doubleheader at Northview on Tuesday.