The Greenville Indian baseball team is having a great season so far at 3-0 for league and an impressive undefeated run overall — 7-0.
The first league game was against Big Valley on March 18 where the boys won 20-4. The second league match was at Loyalton with the Grizzlies on March 22 where the Indians won 9-7.
Most recently, the boys traveled to Princeton on April 11 to play the Eagles on their dry field as the GHS diamond received 5 inches of rain, more resembling a duck refuge than a ball field.
For the doubleheader, the first game was preordained as the “league” contest and the second game was not. The two teams were tough coming out of the gate with no runs on the scoreboard in either the first or second innings.
Princeton broke the standoff to score three runs in the top of the third inning. The Indians came back with two runs in the bottom of the same inning, held the Eagles in the top of the fourth and scored another run in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game 3-3.
The standoff resumed in the fifth inning, which necessitated an extra inning to break the tie for the league win.
“Nick Hampton went 2-2 with a game winning walk off RBI,” said head GHS baseball coach Larry Yocum. Greenville won 4-3.
Isiah Hilpert and Tristan Clark each scored a run for Greenville and Trevor Barr scored two. Barr hit one RBI and two were hit by Hampton.
Kolby Elzea went 2-3 with a double. Trevor Barr went 2-3 with a double plus his two trips crossing home plate. Garrett Miille went 3-3.
“Dawson Reed made a fabulous catch in right field, probably going to be the highlight of his season.” said Yocum. “It was a game-saving catch in right field.”
“Tristan (Clark) pitched all innings strong,” said Yocum. Clark faced 29 batters and struck out eight.
In the second game designated a non-league match, “We had one inning where the wheels came off,” said Yocum. He is referring to the second inning where the Indians scored five big runs.
The game started off with a single run from Princeton and a pair for Greenville, score 2-1. It was an exciting game, with GHS scoring five runs to head into the third inning leading 7-1. The Eagles came back with six runs in the third inning to tie things up at 7-7.
The field was dry, that’s a plus but, “The wind was 15 to 20 mph,” said Yocum. The Eagles played to the conditions they were familiar with and hit a couple of fly balls. But the Indians held the line and didn’t allow the Eagles to score again.
When Greenville scored a single run in the bottom of the fifth, that was enough to take home another victory, 8-7.
“Miille pitched very strong, two inning as a strong relief pitcher and was the game winner,” said Yocum. Miille faced seven batters in two innings, “That’s really good,” said Yocum.
Clark went 1-2 scoring two runs and hitting a double. Barr went 2-3 with two runs scored. Elzea got one hit from two at bats and scored a run.
“Hampton went 1-2 and again scored the game winning run, also a walk off, pretty unusual,” said Yocum. Freshman Wade Neer had a good game going 2-3, hit a double, scored a run and had the game-winning walk off RBI.
Overall, runs were scored by Clark and Barr with two each, Neer, Miille, Elzea and Hampton. RBIs were hit by Neer, Miille, Harlan Savala, Barr, Elzea and two by Nick Hampton.
Garrett Miille and Kolby Elzea shared the mound. Elzea faced 21 batters and struck out six, Miille faced seven batters and struck out three.
“The boys were tested, it was good to get a close game and come out on top,” said coach Yocum. “Princeton, they have a very good coach, a well run program. They are the kind of team that may start out slow and get better as the season progresses.”
There is no school this week, so the next game is scheduled to take place in Portola on Monday, April 23, and a doubleheader follows Wednesday, April 25, at Happy Camp. The Indians will host the Portola Tigers on Thursday, April 26.
Next for GHS baseball
4/23 at Portola
4/25 vs. Happy Camp
4/26 vs. Portola