Greencastle wins slugfest at South
South Putnam was definitely bat country Monday night as the Eagles and the Greencastle baseball team combined for six home runs in a high scoring affair. The Eagles dropped the game to the Tiger Cubs, 19-10.
South Putnam dug itself into a hole early in the game as Greencastle put up nine runs in the first two innings, with help from multiple errors in the field.
"Right now it's our Achilles heel," South coach Harold Campbell said about the errors. "I really believe with them right now it's mental.
"It's not like we're missing tough plays, they're missing routine plays. I told them, if you go back and look at our books, the majority of games this season we gave to the other teams," he continued.
In the first inning, Greencastle saw base runners reach on an error, a walk and three singles. Michael Richardson sent a shot to left field to score two runners. The second inning wasn't any better for the Eagles.
After the Eagles failed to score, Greencastle came out and score five in the second, behind the powerful bat of Kyle Nobles as he sent a shot to right-center field for a three-run homer.
The Eagles got things going in the third as they scored three runs and the scoring didn't stop there for South.
South scored four in the fourth, all coming from the bat of starting pitcher Jon Davidson, as he connected on a rocket shot to left-center field for a grand slam. He also added a ground-rule double in the bottom of the second inning.
"I was proud of how the guys continued once they got back into the game," GHS coach Troy Greenlee said.
Greencastle got on the board again in the fifth when Zac Remsburg destroyed a Davidson offering over the left field wall for a two-run homer. But the Eagles hung tough.
In the fifth, the Eagles again had all their runs from one bat and that bat belonged to Brad Eickhoff. Eickhoff deposited the pitch from Greencastle's Erick Burgeson over the right field wall, bringing the Eagles to within two at 12-10. But the runs would dry up for the Eagles.
Greencastle would add seven more runs and one more home run, that coming for Nobles bat again, to give him two on the night.
For Greencastle, Remsburg was 3-for-5 at the plate with a home run and two walks, Derrik Patterson was 4-for-5 with a home run and Nobles had two home runs and five RBI.
South saw Brad Eickhoff go 4-for-5 with a three-run blast in the fifth and Jon Davidson was 2-for-5 with a ground-rule double and a grand slam. Cameron Chestnut was also 2-for-4 with two
"I think every time you play, you learn some lessons and I think the lesson we learned tonight is you can't, in a game we are up that big, you can't relax and get comfortable," Greenlee said. "Because, they showed tonight they can really hit the ball. You can never relax."
"What I was pleased with is they did think they could come back and win the game and they didn't give up," Campbell said. "There'll be a day when we put it all together and that will be a fun day."
South will get another chance at Greencastle tonight as it travels to Greencastle at 4:30 p.m.
At South Putnam
Greencastle 19, South Putnam 10
Greencastle 450 223 3 -- 19 10 2
South Putnam 003 430 0 -- 10 15 5
Burgeson,Nobles (3) and Faust; Davidson,Steinbaker (7) and Boswell
WP -- Burgeson
LP -- Davidson
HR -- Davidson, Eickhoff (SPHS), Nobles 2, Patterson, Remsburg (GHS)
Next game -- South will get another chance at Greencastle tonight as it travels to Greencastle at 4:30 p.m.
COUNTY BASEBALL ROUNDUP
North defeats Monrovia
The North Putnam baseball team handed the Monrovia Bulldogs a 12-2 loss Monday night at home, behind the record-breaking power of Kyle Rooker.
Kyle Rooker connected on the 16th homer of his career and became North Putnam's leader in career home runs. He was 2-for-3 on the night with four RBI.
Rooker started the game but was relieved after one inning by Brian Blaydes. Blaydes threw five innings for eight strikeouts and no runs.
At the plate, Jordan Berry was 2-for-3 with three runs scored, Griffen Dahlstrom was 1-for-3 with 3 RBI and J.T. Francies went 3-for-4 on the night.
North Putnam travels to Monrovia tonight with a 5 p.m. start.
At North Putnam
North Putnam 12, Monrovia 2
Monrovia 200 000 -- 2
North Putnam 024 306 -- 12
WP -- Blaydes
HR -- Rooker (NP)
Next game -- North Putnam travels to Monrovia tonight with a 5 p.m. start.