By Jason Groth
The Greenway Raiders and the Grand Rapids Thunderhawk baseball teams entered Thursday’s contest playing some of their best baseball in recent weeks. However, the Raiders struggled in the early innings with costly defensive mistakes which allowed the Thunderhawks to break things open en route to an 8-1 victory.
Seven Greenway errors in the first three innings led to the Thunderhawks scoring seven runs in the first two innings. The Thunderhawks jumped ahead 2-0 in the first inning when Noah Johnson reached on an error and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Gunnar Harris followed with a run scoring single.
Austin Finke wiggled out of trouble by inducing a fly ball and recording a strike out to strand the bases full of Thunderhawks.
However, things unraveled in the second inning. Grand Rapids scored five runs with key hits coming from Harris, Jackson Gessell and Andy Carlisle.
The Raiders got on the board in the third inning. Tyler Peterson drew a walk and eventually scored on an infield single by Justin Guyer. For the Raiders, that would be as close as they would get to the Thunderhawks. The Thunderhawks tacked on another run in the fourth to seal their 8-1 win.
Gunnar Harris earned the win on the mound. He pitched four innings allowing only one run on two hits. He struck out two and walked two. Austin Finke suffered the loss. He allowed eight runs on seven hits. He struck out four, walked three and hit one batter.
Guyer, Peterson and Jacob Neumeyer had the lone hits in the game for Greenway. The loss moves the Raiders to 8-10 overall on the season. The Raiders began post-season play on Tuesday afternoon.