CEDARVILLE — There are some rivalries in sports where, whenever they face each other, the teams’ win-loss records just don’t seem to matter. Cedarville versus Greeneview is one of those rivalries.
Greeneview claimed a run-ruled victory over the Indians earlier this season. Friday afternoon on the Village of Cedarville Community Park ball diamond, the Indians returned the favor.
Cedarville broke open a close 2-1 contest by scoring seven runs in the fifth inning. The Indians then added two more in the sixth to earn an 11-1 run-ruled victory.
“We just hit the ball really well today. It’s just great. A lot of hits, a lot of runs,” said Cedarville coach Andy Pauling. “And Josh Wilson had a very good day on the mound for us. That’s back-to-back strong outings for him. We always know we have a chance to win, whenever he’s on the mound.”
Wilson struckout nine Rams batters while scattering five hits in a complete-game win. The sophomore righthander said he had a hint he was going to have a good day after the second inning.
“I knew I was going to be all right after the second inning, when I already had four strikeouts,” Wilson said. “My curveball was working really well today, too.”
It always helps when your teammates pile up the runs ahead of you.
“Oh yeah, when you get a lead like that, you feel so relaxed on the mound. That definitely helped,” he said.
Despite hitting one Greeneview batter, Wilson did not give up a base hit in his last 3 1/3 innings of work. Five of his strikeouts came during that same span.
Greeneview (5-8, 3-5 in the Ohio Heritage Conference) pulled to within 2-1 of the Indians (4-11, 2-4 OHC) when catcher Brian Northup bashed a liner just over the left centerfield fence for a solo home run. He also doubled in the game.
“Brian has been solid behind the plate for us all year,” Greeneview coach Paul Thompson said. “You would hope that a big run like that would get us fired up and back in the game, but that didn’t happen for us today.”
Klay Partin, River Edington and Kyle Brian had the other hits for Greeneview.
Jacob Gannon led the Cedarville hitting barrage with a perfect 4-for-4 performance at the plate, including two doubles. He drove in a run as part of the seven-run fifth and scored three runs. Jed Fulmer (2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored), Ryan Arnette (2-for-3, run scored and an RBI) and Wilson (2-for-4, two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored) also had multiple hits in the win.
Wilson said the Indians are on a bit of an offensive roll now. “It’s a game we can definitely build off of,” he said. “We’re starting to win games again. The batters are hitting the ball… We’re starting to come around.”
Cedarville plays a doubleheader today against Dayton Christian. That game will be held at Schoolhouse Park, 1875 Nutt Rd., in Centerville.
Greeneview now has the weekend to regroup. They will host West Liberty-Salem on Monday.
Greeneview 19, Cedarville 16: On William S. Ferguson Field, adjacent to the baseball diamond, Greeneview’s girls softball team rallied with seven runs scored in the top half of the seventh inning to defeat Cedarville.