Over the past seven years, Dan McDavid and the Green baseball coaching staff have developed a consistent winner in Franklin Furnace.
The 2017 version of the Green Bobcats, however, could very well be the best version yet for the school.
That is proven in the Bobcats’ latest three-game winning streak, where Green tamed not only Symmes Valley, but Eastern in a trio of SOC I affairs to move to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in SOC I play behind a trio of excellent pitching performances by Tanner Kimbler and Trevor Carver.
Check out the efforts of the talented squad here in the latest version of the Daily Times’ sports roundup!
Green 6, Eastern 2
In its latest contest, Green lifted its overall mark to 3-0 in conference play with a 6-2 victory over the Eastern Eagles on Wednesday evening in Beaver.
Tanner Kimbler, who pitched a gem of a contest against Symmes Valley on Saturday, threw his third consecutive complete game to start the year as the sophomore standout moved to 3-0 on the year in his mound appearances. Kimbler struck out nine batters while walking only one in the complete game affair.
At the dish, the Carver brothers, Tayte and Trevor, continued to be a major problem for teams to handle as the pair combined to go 4-for-6 at the plate with three RBI. The former, who is another major component to a talented sophomore class, went 2-for-3, while the latter, who has been a four-year starter for the Bobcats, also went 2-for-3 with three RBI. Both are also strong pitching hands who have alternated with Kimbler to round out an effective pitching rotation for Green.
The Bobcats’ contest with Clay was rained out, so the Bobcats will host Chesapeake on Saturday morning in what will be a nonconference doubleheader. Game times are set for 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Green 8, Symmes Valley 2
In its second contest against Symmes Valley, a Friday rainout of the affair didn’t affect the Bobcats on Saturday as Green pummelled Symmes Valley by an 8-2 tally on Saturday afternoon in Willow Wood.
Trevor Carver recorded another excellent pitching effort for the Bobcats as the senior struck out seven Symmes Valley batters en route to another standout pitching performance. Tayte Carver followed up his older brother’s efforts by notching a 2-for-4 effort with two RBI on the evening.
However, of all of those performances, the best performance of the afternoon may have very well gone to Tyler Darnell, who recorded an absolute gem of a performance from the plate. The senior, who is one of a half-dozen elder statesmen on the Green roster, went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and put up an absolutely splendid performance on the basepaths by stealing four bases and scoring three runs by comparison. Darnell stole a half-dozen bases in the games between the pair.
With the victory, Green swept the season series against the Vikings, who are perennially among the top four teams in the SOC I standings.
Green 9, Symmes Valley 1
On Wednesday evening, Green got its SOC I run rolling behind a 9-1 defeat of Symmes Valley in the first game between the two schools, as Kimbler put together another impressive performance on the hill.
The sophomore, who also went 2-for-4 at the plate, struck out an astonishing 14 Viking batters while surrendering just one walk and one run in the runaway victory to obtain his second win of the season.
Joining Kimbler in the hit brigade were Darnell, Tayte Carver, and Rylee Maynard, who all combined to rack up eight hits on their own. Carver went 3-for-4 on the afternoon, Darnell went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases, and Maynard, who is of junior eligibility, collected three of Green’s eight runs on his only hit of the evening.
With the victories, in addition to an 11-2 win over West and a 15-5 mercy-rule win over Eastern Brown, the Bobcats have outscored their opponents by a combined total of 49-12 in their five wins on the season.
On the season, Green is being led by the tremendous bat that Tayte Carver has in his arsenal. Carver is batting an astronomical .650 for the year and has recorded at least two hits or more in every one of the Bobcats’ affairs on the year.
Green’s next SOC I contest will be at home against Clay on Monday.
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