Area teams encouraged after early contest

By John Bombatch Sports Editor jbombatch@civitasmedia.com

March 22, 2014

DAYTON — Area teams Greenon and Carroll enjoyed pitching and hitting against each other for a change, during Friday’s early season scrimmage at Carroll High School.

Both coaches are expecting big things from their seniors for the 2014 high school baseball season.

“We have a team that is senior led. They had a rough year last year, and they’ve come out with an attitude. It’s been a long time since Greenon has had a winning season, and these kids are giving me 100 percent every day,” said Knights coach Dan Young.

Senior pitcher Dustin McReynolds, senior catcher Adam Hinton and senior center fielder Caleb Wilson will form a nice nucleus for Greenon. The Knights finished with a 5-17 overall record last season and finished last in the Mad River Division of the Central Buckeye Conference.

According the league’s cbcsportsline.com website, Wilson finished fourth in the conference in batting average with a .406 batting average. He and Chase Green were named to the all-CBC first team last season.

“This was our second time out this season. We scrimmaged Miami Trace last week, but I’d say we’ve improved a lot since that game,” Young said. “In the game with Trace, we didn’t do a very good job with fielding several fly balls. But today, we did a nice job in the outfield. That was encouraging to see.”

Carroll scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Greenon responded with two runs in the top of the eighth, and that score held up the rest of the way.

It was a warm, sunny day … until the sun ducked down beneath the horizon in the ninth. Rather than play their bottom half of the ninth, both coaches agreed that they’d seen enough, and headed for somewhere warm instead. Carroll was playing its first scrimmage of the 2014 season.

“I was really pleased with our pitching,” said Carroll coach Mike Sheets, “but I was a little disappointed in our hitting for our first time out. Not where we were striking out too much or that we were swinging at bad pitches. That wasn’t the case. It was more that we just didn’t put the bat on the ball in key situations where we probably should’ve been able to do that.”

Carroll had the tying run on third, but Greenon picked the runner off for the second out of the inning. After a walk put runners on first and second, the next Patriot batter grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning.

“We have nine seniors on this team, so we’re expecting big things from them this year,” Sheets said.

According to the coach, five of those seniors — returning starters Tyler Seymour, Tony Quatman and Baylen Shoemaker, along with Zach Uzzel and Nick Clarkson — should form the Pats’ nucleus.

“It was a nice first time out,” he said.

According to the Ohio High School Athletic Association, the first day of the 2014 regular season will take place on March 29. Carroll will host Dayton Northridge for a doubleheader on that day, while Greenon will play a single game at Dayton Stivers.