By Josh Brown
TROY — The weather has been anything but kind to Troy Post 43 American Legion baseball.
But after two straight weekends of rained-out tournaments, the team was able to get some payback against one of its Western Ohio League foes.
After falling behind early thanks to some rust on defense, starter Trenton Wood got things under control and the Post 43 bats did the rest in a 12-4 victory at Greenville Legion Tuesday night.
Greenville (11-8, 1-3 WOL) — which defeated Troy by one run two weeks ago — took a 4-2 lead after the fourth inning with the help of four Troy errors. But Wood held the offense in check other than that, striking out six in six innings of work as he and Zach Kirby — who pitched the final three innings — held Greenville to only five hits.
“Trenton started with a great curveball and a fastball that tailed so much it affected his control,” Troy Post 43 coach Frosty Brown said. “I was concerned about him because, with all the rain, his normal start was rained out three days ago. But he is an experienced player and simply settled down to work his way out of trouble, and Zach Kirby responded with four strikeouts in three innings.”
And in the sixth, Troy took the lead for good. A bases-loaded, two-out, two-run single by Ryan Lavy tied the score, then Kirby drove in two more with another single to make it a 6-4 game and put Wood in line for the win.
Troy tacked on three more in the seventh and another three runs in the ninth to put the game away, piling up 14 total hits in the game. Michael Hale finished the game 3 for 5 with three RBIs, Brandon Nesbitt was 3 for 6, Cody Harsman was 3 for 4 with three RBIs and Lavy finished with two hits and two RBIs.
Troy (19-6, 4-1 WOL) left for Lancaster Wednesday to begin play in the Lancaster Post 11 Fourth of July Tournament with a pair of games and is scheduled to play two more today. Post 43 will be looking to finish its first tournament in a while, as two weeks ago the Hollsboro Wooden Bat Tournament was completely rained out, and last week the Bob Cene Memorial Tournament in Youngstown saw Saturday and Sunday’s championship round action washed out after Troy won its pool on Thursday and Friday.
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