GREENVILLE — Troy Post 43 used a three-run seventh inning — all with two outs — to get the insurance it needed to hold off Greenville Legion Wednesday night, mixing together a number of pitchers to set up its rotation for its upcoming tournament this weekend in a 6-4 victory on the road.
“We used several starting pitchers tonight in an effort to establish our rotation for the upcoming Miami Valley Veterans Appreciation Tournament Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” Troy Post 43 coach Frosty Brown said. “And Thursday night (at Richmond, Ind., which was not complete at time of press) we’ll do the same thing with the relievers.”
Austin Baumgardner, Chris Heisey, Trenton Wood and Jimmy Pelphrey combined to scatter nine hits over nine innings. Wood eventually earned the victory, while Pelphrey notched a save.
Troy (6-5) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as Evan Bowling led off with a hit-by-pitch, moved to second on an error and Adam Gunston bunted them over to second and third. Colton Nealeigh hit a sac fly to drive in the first run, then Wood delivered an RBI single for the second.
Greenville (4-4) got a run back in the bottom of the inning then tied it in the fourth, but Troy took control in the top of the seventh with a big two-out rally. With a runner on first and two outs, Greg Peffley drove an RBI double to right-center, then a walk to Gunston and an intentional pass to Nealeigh loaded the bases for Wood, who lined a two-run single to center to make it a 5-2 game.
Greenville cut it to 5-4 in the bottom of the inning, though, before Pelphrey came in with the bases loaded and got an inning-ending double play to get out of the jam.
Troy tacked on an important insurance run in the eighth. Zach Thompson walked and was bunted to second by Cody Harsman, then Bowling hit a two-out RBI single to make it 6-4 — and Pelphrey did the rest.
“Jimmy simply did a great job the rest of the way, striking out three and holding Greenville scoreless,” Brown said. “We are improving, but we still have some things that need attention. Our pitchers need to look for help from the dugout when they get in trouble, and we probably had four potential pickoff plays tonight if we’d just look.
“We are still missing a signal here or there, and we can be even better baserunners if we’ll take pride in putting pressure on our opponents. Our pitchers had a good night, striking out 10 Greenville batters, and we played pretty good basic defense all nine innings. We are getting there.”