The GHS baseball team traveled to Red Bluff to take on the Mercy Warriors in the first ball game of the season March 14 and walked away with a great victory to start off the Greenville baseball season. The GHS Indians are coached by first year head coach Larry Yocum after he served two years assisting former coach Mike Chelotti.
In the battle with Mercy, the GHS team took the lead in the first inning 2-1 and maintained through the game. The score was 8-3 at the bottom of the sixth. The big event of the game was the thrilling seventh inning where the Indians scored seven big runs to polish the Warriors off.
Sophomore Garrett Miille led the Indians with three runs. Junior Rodney Meyer, freshman Wade Neer, senior Colton Lawson and junior Nick Hampton all came across home plate twice. Senior Tristin Clark, junior Harlan Savala, sophomore Trevor Barr and senior Kolby Elzea all stirred up the dust to score for Greenville. Clark led RBIs with four. Miille brought in three runners, Elzea and Hampton both brought in two each. Meyer, Neer, Savala and Barr all hit an RBI.
In the process of all the excitement, Barr hit a triple and Miille and Hampton both hit a pair of doubles each. Elzea and Miille both stole two bases, and Clark and Lawson successfully stole a base also.
Pitching for Greenville were Clark, Miille and Hampton. Pitching to 15 batters, Clark struck out six. “Tristin Clark did an excellent job as starting and winning pitcher,” said head coach Larry Yocum. “Nick Hampton came in and did a good job in two innings of relief and Garrett Miille closed the game for us.” Facing 12 batters, Hampton struck out 4 and firing pitches for four batters, Miille struck out one.
“He’s got a whole staff,” said GHS secretary Judy Yocum of her husband coach Larry Yocum. The big crew of adults supporting the team is focusing on batting, base running, fielding and … just about everything. “Assistant coach Ken Roby has been helping with baseball for the better part of 20 years,” said head coach Yocum. New assistant coaches for GHS are Fritz Barr, Ryan Neer and Paul Elliott. Tom Rogers has stepped up to enter stats in MaxPreps (a true champion).
“I expect to have an excellent season. The boys performed to my expectations and beyond,” said Yocum. “It was the first time they were on the field and to show so well was excellent.”
The GHS players have been practicing inside the gym during the abundance of great winter weather we have been receiving in Plumas County. “The team has great chemistry and the boys have good attitudes and high expectations for the season,” said Yocum. “Fifteen runs on 14 hits with only one error-wow!”