GHS wins opener over Cougars

Friday, April 9, 2010
Greencastle's Keegan Remsburg went 4-for-5, with three doubles and a grand slam in Thursday's 13-10 win over North Putnam.

ROACHDALE -- North Putnam and Greencastle's baseball game Thursday was a game of momentum. The Tiger Cubs jumped out to a big lead, only to watch as North Putnam stormed back to tied at 7-all.

But Greencastle's bats proved to be bigger on the night as they earned a 13-10 victory.

"For being our first game, we did all right, but we're still making silly mistakes. We chased a few runners tonight we shouldn't have and we need to just make the simple plays. That one inning we made three mistakes and they got back on us," GHS head coach Troy Remsburg said.

Greencastle got things going in the second inning when it found the bases loaded after Tanner Battin drove in a run. With the bases still loaded, Keegan Remsburg came to the plate and drove a blast to right field for a grand slam, giving GHS a 5-0 lead.

North Putnam scored a run in the bottom of the second inning, but its biggest offensive production came in the fourth inning.

After the Tiger Cubs scored two more runs in the top of the fourth , the Cougars recorded six runs in the bottom half to knot the game at 7-all.

With the game tied, Greencastle had another offensive outburst in the sixth inning that produced six additional runs, with Remsburg and Nathaniel Velasquez recording doubles and starting pitcher Jesse Vermillion hitting a two-run home run to right center field. The six runs proved to be too many for the Cougars to overcome.

North Putnam added three runs to its tally in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the Tiger Cubs were able to come away with the win 13-10.

Remsburg led Greencastle, going 4-for-5 with three doubles and a grand slam. Vermillion added a home run, with Velasquez adding a double and Ryan Battin chipping in two singles. Andy Bell had a double and a single on the night.

Following the game, Remsburg noted that he thought his team's pitching still needed some improvement, but was pleased with their hitting effort on the night.

"Hitting wise, I'm happy with a lot of our guys and some, there's still some (things) to work on. They didn't give up. They're a different team this year," he said.

The Tiger Cubs' hitting was also on the mind of North Putnam head coach Norm Fish.

"Bottom line is, we got out hit," Fish said. "We made a comeback with some, not really base hits, just some balls on the ground and things worked out for us. We ended up tying it, but Greencastle just came back and out hit us. We had our chances to come back again, but we didn't put the ball in play and they did. They just flat out hit us, that's about all there is to it."

The two team, will battle each other again tonight and this time around, Fish is hoping to see a better effort at the plate from his team and a little better weather.

"We'll just have to come back and do a better job at the plate," he said. "I saw some good things tonight, but a little bit concerned about our performance at the plate. Like I said, that's where we lost the game tonight. We got beat up pretty bad in that department, so you have to give Greencastle credit, they hit the ball well.

"Tyler (Watson) is our No. 1 pitcher and he couldn't get it by four or five of their kids. So, we'll come back at them tomorrow with someone else and hopefully it'll be a little warmer," Fish said with a smile.

Greencastle will host North Putnam tonight at 5 p.m.