Greenwood doomed by early deficit

MILLERSTOWN – One bad inning was all it took.

That’s what Greenwood’s baseball team fell victim to Wednesday as Millersburg opened the contest against the young group of Wildcats by plating six runs and cruised to an 11-5 Tri-Valley League victory.

The Indians got a strong outing from pitcher Ian Lloyd. Lloyd allowed just two hits, striking out eight and allowing only four runs in five-plus innings on the mound to pick up the victory.

Taking the loss for the Wildcats was Brady Stover.

Robbie Burger led the visitors at the plate going 3-for-5, scoring a run and driving one in.

Sparking Greenwood offensively was Drew Paden, whose high-flying double with the bases loaded scored three runs on the home team’s biggest play.

However, the Wildcats were only able to muster only five total hits on the night; the Indians recorded seven.

“We battled pretty good tonight. We are young and we’re basically playing with a JV team,” Greenwood manager Mark Sherman said. “We have one senior and one junior, the rest are sophomores and freshman. They are going to make mistakes. They have to learn from them.”

In the first, the Indians were patient at the plate, which led to opportunities coming their way in the early going.

Lead off hitter Austin Lehman got the offense started with a harmless walk. However, a single by Burger put runners in scoring position. Two wild pitches later, Lehman hustled home, giving Millersburg the early one-run advantage.

On the second wild pitch, Burger hustled down to third

Connor Keim loaded the bases as he waited for his four pitches, a walk that put runners on first and third.

Christian Winegard manufactured the team’s first RBI, poking a Stover offering into left-center field, making it 2-0.

Wild pitches were the factor in the inning as Winegard and teammate Ty Coleman plated runs, upping the lead to 5-0. Lloyd helped his own cause scoring a run on a fielder’s choice by Cole Shomper.

“When coming down to pitching, we have to throw strikes. We put ourselves in a hole every game at the beginning,” Sherman said. ” We have to claw our back. They keep fighting back but sometimes the hole is just a little too deep.”

Greenwood fought back a little in the bottom of the first, scoring a run, cutting it to five.

Josh Shuman used a page from Millersburg’s book and reached base on a walk and later scored on a wild pitch.

But Millersburg picked up runs in the second and third inning, putting them in the driver’s seat with an 8-1 lead.

However, the Wildcats were far from calling it a night. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Greenwood came back swinging.

With one out, Austin Morder and Stover got the inning started with back-to-back walks. A single by Shuman loaded the bases for Paden.

Paden took a Lloyd offering and lifted it to the left field fence, scoring all three teammates while landing on second base.

Unfortunately for Greenwood, Paden was left behind there.

The Indians extended back their lead, picking up three in the top of the fifth inning, giving Millersburg a comfortable 11-4 advantage going into the final two innings.

Eli Goodling’s double in the bottom of the seventh highlighted the one-run inning for Greenwood. However, it wasn’t enough as the Indians held onto the 11-5 victory.

Ironically, the victory was by the same six runs that were given up in the first.

Midd-West visits the Wildcats today for a non-league game that starts at 4:30.