By John Bombatch
JAMESTOWN — The host Greeneview Rams varsity baseball team did a lot of things right in Friday’s Ohio Heritage game against Springfield Northeastern … except win.
The visiting Jets sent 10 batters to the plate, cranked out five hits and scored five runs in the sixth inning to rally to a 6-2 win on the Greeneview High School ball diamond.
Despite that sixth inning, there was plenty for the Rams to feel good about:
• Rams starting pitcher Jacob Green limited Northeastern to just one hit through the first four innings of work, and he did it with efficiency, too, tossing just 21 pitches in all.
• Lead-off batter Bryce Wilson was 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and another knocked in.
• Green, Dylan Lehotay, D.J. Cassidy and Taylor Stinson each had base hits, with Green scoring Wilson with a run, and Stinson scoring a run on Wilson’s RBI hit.
• The Rams defense threw out two Jet runners. One over-ran second base and was tossed out in a fourth-inning rundown; the other fell victim to Taylor Stinson’s throw from left field and was thrown out trying to extend a single into a double.
“This is the team that I thought we could be all season long, and they finally showed up to play,” Greeneview coach Paul Thompson said. “I’ll take a loss to another team’s hitting any time. But we showed that when we play good baseball, we are competitive with any team we play.”
Greeneview was out in front 2-1, through five innings of play.
Jacob Green had barely worked up a sweat on the mound, with 40 pitches thrown, but Northeastern scored two runs on Bo Davis’s double to left, and they added three more runs on RBIs by the bottom third of the Jets lineup — Caden Binkley, Mac Davis and Alex Lockwood.
Jets starting pitcher Turner Hocter then retired the final six Greeneview batters to earn the win.
“Greeneview always plays us tough here,” Jets coach Chad Fyffe said. “It doesn’t matter what either team’s record happens to be, we know we are in for a tough ballgame when we play them here. We’ve been kinda doing this all year long where we get in a hole. We did it against (South Charleston) Southeastern on Monday, and we did it against (North Lewisburg) Triad yesterday. But we keep finding a way to come back.
“… I’ve gotta give Greeneview credit. They came to play today. They hit the ball, they played defense and their pitcher, I’m not sure of his name, but he pitched real well. They’ve got a good group of kids over there.”
With the loss, Greeneview falls to 3-15 overall, 1-11 in the Ohio Heritage Conference. The Rams host a nonleague game today against Greenon at 11 a.m.
The Jets win enables them to stay in a tie for first place in the OHC with Triad. Northeastern is now 15-6 overall, 10- 2 in the OHC. The team has one more conference game yet to play: They are at South Charleston Southeastern on Thursday. If they win, they’ll earn at least a share of the OHC title.