TROY — The Napoleon American Legion Post #300 baseball team opened a weekend tournament in Troy Friday, splitting the first two games by beating Sidney 5-4 before falling 10-5 to Greenville.
Christian Petersen (Patrick Henry) pitched the River Bandits to the win in game one against Sidney, striking out 10 hitters across six innings, while Landon Willeman (Napoleon) recorded the save.
Willeman opened scoring for the River Bandits with a run-scoring double in the third inning, bringing home Nathan Vold (Defiance). Willeman scored on a single from Hunter Bostater (Fairview).
Jacob Smith (Napoleon) drove in Jeron Williams (Archbold) with a single in the fifth before Axel Shanks (Patrick Henry) scored on a fielder’s choice. Bostater scored Napoleon’s final run of the game on a wild pitch.
The River Bandits out-hit Sidney 9-4 and played their second-straight error-free game after committing four in a road loss to Ottawa Monday in a nine-inning game.
Greenville got off to a hot start in the second contest, plating two in the first and six in the second to take an early 8-0 lead.
The River Bandits responded with four in the third inning, but only mustered one in the remaining four in falling 10-5.
Smith scored Shanks on a bases-loaded walk to start the Napoleon scoring in the third before Zac Brickel (Hicksville) singled to score Willeman and Bostater. Brandon Shafer (Defiance) singled to score Smith to pull the River Bandits within 8-4.
Bryer Bentley (Montpelier) scored the lone Napoleon run on a wild pitch in the sixth after reaching base on a walk.
Greenville out-hit Napoleon 10-5 in the contest and made no errors, while the River Bandits had one recorded misplay in the field.
Dakota Benner (Montpelier) tossed two innings, giving up eight earned runs on four hits and four walks. Auston Bostater (Fairview) tossed three innings of two-run ball with two walks and two strikeouts, while Levi Gonyer (Otsego) tossed one perfect inning in relief. Gonyer recorded three outs on balls in play.
The River Bandits’ record moved to 4-3 with the action today as the team continues play this weekend in Troy.
Napoleon faces off against Hillsboro today at 4 p.m.