Pair of big innings helps Greenville win at Penquis

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MILO — Greenville High School put up a pair of high-scoring innings — picking up four runs in the top of the second and then adding five in the fourth — but the Lakers needed only one of these during a 14-3 interclass victory at Penquis Valley High School on May 2. Laker senior Caleb Snell tossed a complete game, 3-hitter as he and the defense kept the home team off the scoreboard until the fifth inning, at which point Greenville led 11-0.

In the top of the second Greenville, the Class D South squad improved to 3-2 with its second victory at a Piscataquis County Class C North program in 24 hours after winning at PCHS 11-5 the day before, loaded the bases with two outs on a walk by junior Noah Bilodeau. Senior Jay Owns followed with a 2-RBI single to centerfield.

Greenville Penquis baseball

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LEADOFF DOUBLE — Greenville senior A.J. Burns slides into second base for a double to start the top of the third during a May 2 game at Penquis as Patriots senior second baseman Jake Baker and senior shortstop Jeremy Martin are in the field. The visiting Lakers won in Milo 14-3.

Snell helped his cause on the mound by hustling down the line to beat the throw for a single, enabling Bilodeau to score from third. Owens then came home on junior Chris Caiazzo’s single to centerfield to make the score 4-0. Caiazzo tied for the game-high with three hits on a 3-4 game and he was awarded first due to catcher’s interference in his other plate appearance.

Following a run in the top of the third, Greenville doubled its offensive output in the fourth inning. The Lakers ended the day with 15 hits as each member of the lineup had at least one with 11 coming from the No. 1-5 hitters.

Leadoff hitter Owens doubled to leftfield to start the top of the fourth for the second of his three hits on the afternoon. A few batters later the bases were loaded as senior A.J. Burns walked to bring Owens home. He, Burns and Snell each touched the plate three times.

Greenville Penquis baseball

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BATTLING THE SUN FOR THE OUT — Penquis junior Bryan Bolstridge runs into foul territory near first base to catch a pop fly during the second inning.

Junior Sam Lane then hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield and a throwing error enabled Caiazzo to dash home for an 8-0 lead.

Penquis (the team dropped to 0-3) made its second pitching change of the inning with senior Nick Caiazzo at the plate. He sent a pitch to centerfield for a pair of RBIs to finish up the 5-run inning.

The Patriots avoided the game ending via the 10-run mercy rule in the fifth. Junior Camron Bailey hit an RBI-triple down the leftfield line to drive in freshman Corbin Cyr on the first hit for Penquis since the bottom of the first. An RBI-groundout by freshman Cayden Cyr made the score 11-2 to ensure the two teams would play at least one more inning.

Greenville Penquis baseball

Observer photo/Stuart Hedstrom
COMPLETE GAME — Senior Caleb Snell handled all of the Greenville pitching duties, tossing a 3-hitter with 104 pitches across seven innings of work.

Four pitchers saw duty for Penquis while Snell tossed 104 pitches across all seven innings for Greenville. He gave up three runs and three hits, walked six and struck out four.

The two teams were scheduled to play again in Greenville just four days later on Monday, May 6.

Greenville 14,
Penquis 3
GRV 0 4 1 5 1 0 3 | 14
PEN 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 | 3
Greenville : C. Caiazzo
3-4 4 RBI 2 runs SB;
Owens 3-5 2B 2 RBI 3 runs;
Burns 2-2 2B BB RBI 3 runs;
Snell 2-3 BB RBI 3 runs 4 SB
Penquis: Bailey 1-3 3B RBI run;
Baker 1-3; Martin 1-3 SB
WP — Snell 7 IP 3 runs
4 K 3 hits 6 BB
LP — Baker 1.2 IP 4 runs
1 K 6 hits 1 BB
Records: Greenville 3-2,
Penquis 0-3

Greenville Penquis baseball

Observer photo/Stuart Hedstrom
FROM SECOND TO FIRST — Penquis starting second baseman junior Camron Bailey throws to first for a groundout in the opening inning, with senior Jeremy Martin coming over from shortstop to back up the play.

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