GREENVILLE — A combination of pitching woes and a total of seven fielding errors Tuesday contributed to the Wayne varsity baseball team suffering an 11-3 loss to Greenville.
Starting pitcher Nick Miller pitched three innings and got tagged for eight hits, hit one batter, walked three with one strikeout and five runs, two unearned. James Ganion came on in relief but also struggled. He pitched one inning, gave up three hits, a walk, and also hit a batter, as the Green Wave scored four more runs, two of which were unearned runs. Layne Riley pitched the final two innings, scattered three hits with three strikeouts and one earned run.
Greenville scored two runs in the bottom of the first and one in the second to take a 3-0 lead. Wayne scored one run in the top of the third and fourth innings, but the Green Wave scored six in the bottom of the fourth to take a 9-2 lead.
“One step forward, three steps back,” said Wayne Coach Joe Yount. “Nick Miller pitched into the 4th inning but couldn’t get an out and was replaced by James Ganion who couldn’t find the plate and when he did, either gave up a hit or our defense made an error. Early season helps answer questions but sometimes the answers aren’t pretty. Of the 11 runs we gave up five were unearned with two more let in on a misplayed double in centerfield.”
Layne Riley had two hits and scored two runs for the Warriors.
Kyle Mills got the victory on the mound for Greenville. Mills pitched 6 innings, scattered six hits, issued no walks, struck out four and gave up one earned run. Logan Eldridge pitched one inning in relief with no walks and had two strikeouts.
Greenville improved to 3-1 overall while Wayne fell to 2-2.
The Warriors host Piqua on Thursday at 5 p.m. and Saturday play at Bellefontaine at 1 p.m.
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