STANTON — A four-run seventh-inning rally awakened the offense for Greenville that led to a 7-5 win in its first game against Central Montcalm Saturday.
Down 2-1 after six innings, the Yellow Jackets were able to push four batters across home plate to take a 5-2 lead against their non-conference foes.
The Green Hornets were one strike away from winning the game, however, after Greenville’s Tyler Eubele hit a single and Eddie Rivera and Keegan moved him to third base on ground-outs, Ryan Burden singled, scoring Eubele to tie the game.
Greenville managed to load the bases on a hit-by-pitch and an intentional walk, which set up Jared Vinton’s double to left field that cleared the bases for the Yellow Jackets.
The Hornets (2-3 overall), however, came back in the bottom of the seventh to tie it, setting up an extra inning for both teams.
The Jackets (5-0 overall, 3-0 O-K White) would score two runs in the top of the extra inning from hits by Brandon Parris, Rivera, Luke Newhouse and Hunter Sorsen.
Syrjala came in as Greenville’s relief pitcher, getting three consecutive outs and the win to secure a 7-5 victory.
Noah Stauffer took the loss for the Hornets.
In game two, Greenville’s offense continued to produce while Reece Burden pitched a gem, striking out seven and walking four in five innings in a decisive 12-2 win.
“In game one, we really hit the ball well. In game two, we did a nice job of taking the momentum back twice to win the game,” Greenville coach Corey Kohler said. “In the first game, out swings were short and compact. We hit a lot of line drives. In the second game, our approach was not as good and we hit a lot of fly ball outs. We played very clean in the first game, but not the second by committing three costly errors.”
Jackets senior catcher Hunter Sorsen said cohesion has been the team’s strength this year.
“The biggest thing we’re doing is working hard for ourselves and for each other. We’re all like brothers out there,” Sorsen said. “This year, we’re out there having fun but also we know when to be serious when it comes time to be.”
Teamwork and team support, he said, won the first game.
“When we work as a team, we can take those games because we know we can score,” he said. “We just need to continue believing in ourselves and not give up.”
For Central Montcalm, Austin Williams had two hits and Chase Myers had an RBI single in game one. In game two, Williams, Ben West, Stauffer, Gunner Hill, Mason Zimmerman and VeltKamp all had hits.
Greenville was led by Syrjala in game two, going 2-for-4.
Greenville’s next game is at Tri County at 7:30 p.m. Monday, while Central Montcalm is home against Grant Friday.