Both starters, Greencastle's Kyle Nobles and Owen Valley's Cody Vest, struggled with control at times, and it cost them some runs.
The Tiger Cubs got on the board first when Michael Richardson drove in Kendall Faust in the bottom of the second.
Owen Valley pulled ahead with a disastrous third inning by the Greencastle defense. Although Nobles allowed just one hit in the third frame, two wild pitches and two errors cost GHS three runs. Four more miscues in the fourth and a two-run homer from the Patriots' Jeremy Mosier gave them five runs.
Greencastle's one bright spot of the fourth inning came with Eric Burgeson's solo home run.
"That was one of the first times we've not made teams earn what they got," Greencastle coach Troy Greenlee said.
But then Nobles got a handle on his control, and his teammates began playing solid defense. The Patriots went three up, three down in the fifth and got only one base runner in the sixth.
"Kyle did a good job of battling through some adversity on the mound. I was pleased with he way he kept fighting," Greenlee said.
Then the Tiger Cubs really got their bats going. Zack Lester relieved Vest in the fifth, and allowed runs batted in to Jeremy Hayden and Faust.
The Tiger Cubs seemed to be smelling blood when they came to the plate in the sixth. Blake Robinson led off with a walk and Richardson followed with a single. Three batters later, Hayden's single drove in both of them to give the Tiger Cubs a 6-5 lead. The next five Greencastle batters collected hits, with Burgeson, Derrik Patterson and Faust each driving in runs.
While Greenlee said he was disappointed by the errors earlier in the game, he added, "I was encouraged by the way we came back in the sixth."
It was a test Greenlee had yet to see his team go through. He was glad to know how they would react.
"You get in that situation, and you want to see how your team responds," he said.
Zac Remsburg's relief appearance in the seventh provided a bit of a scare, but ultimately the Tiger Cubs prevailed. After scoring two, the Patriots left the bases loaded in the last inning.
Hayden's three RBI led the Tiger Cubs. Faust and Burgeson each added two. Richardson had three of Greencastle's 14 hits.
Greencastle improved its record to 9-3.
The Tiger Cubs return to WCC action at 4:30 p.m. Monday at South Putnam.
Owen Valley 003 200 2 -- 7 8 0
Greencastle 011 025 X -- 9 14 9
Vest and Lester, Lester (4), Christenberry (6) and Clark (OV). Nobles, Remsburg (7) and Faust (GHS).
W -- Nobles
L -- Lester
2B -- Lester, Herschberger (OV), Patterson (GHS)
HR -- Mosier (OV), Burgeson (GHS)
Next game -- Greencastle travels to South Putnam at 4:30 p,m. Monday.
COUNTY BASEBALL ROUNDUP
Clovers win again
CLOVERDALE -- The Clover baseball team continued its rescent success Thursday night, defeating White Rivery Valley 11-1 in six innings.
The Clovers scored at least one run each inning, topping it off with a three-run sixth, to win by the 10-run-rule.
Josh Flory threw a one-hitter for Cloverdale, giving up just one run and three walks. He fanned eight Wolverine batters
Flory led the the team with five hits and was also one of five Clovers to score two runs. Brandon Mescall, Cody Nees, Chad Cummings and Lee Secrest each crossed the plate twice as well.
Nees and Cumming each connected on home runs. Nees' solo shot came in the third, while Cummings hit a two-run blast in the fifth.
Cloverdale improved its record to 3-10 on the year.
The Clovers host Clay City Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
White River Valley 000 010 -- 1 1 2
Cloverdale 221 123 -- 11 10 1
Bushy and Roberts (WRV). Flory and Mescall (Cl).
2B -- Mescall (Cl)
HR -- Nees, Cummings (Cl)
Next game -- Cloverdale hosts Clay City at 4:30 p.m. May 8.