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Greenville Drive pound out double-digit runs for second day in win over Augusta GreenJackets

Drive 13, GreenJackets 3

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For the second consecutive game, the Greenville Drive pounded out double-digit runs to breeze by the Augusta GreenJackets.

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Augusta's Ryder Jones applies the tag as Greenville's Jantzen Witte slides safely into second after a double.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Augusta's Ryder Jones applies the tag as Greenville's Jantzen Witte slides safely into second after a double.

The Drive scored runs in five of nine innings to beat the GreenJackets 13-3 on Monday night at Lake Olmstead Stadium.

After batting around once in Sunday’s 12-2 win, Greenville (16-12) nearly batted around in four consecutive innings Monday, coming within one or two hitters each time.

Between the fourth and seventh innings, the Drive totaled 12 runs on 13 hits. They racked up 15 hits in the game after recording 18 hits in Sunday’s win.

The victory split the series between the two teams.

Greenville first baseman Jantzen Witte went 3 for 4 with three doubles, three RBI and a walk. He finished the four-game series with eight hits, including seven doubles, and seven RBI.

Drive starter Teddy Stankiewicz allowed three runs on 10 hits in six innings, not walking any and striking out seven. The right-hander used strong command of his slider and changeup to record 11 swinging strikes.

“I threw a lot more changeups than I usually do today, so I just needed to get them over, and I did,” he said. “My slider was really good today. I got most of my swing and misses on it.”

Augusta (15-16) starter Chase Johnson allowed six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings, three more runs than his previous season high through six starts. Johnson showed good command through three innings, but he ran into trouble in the fourth and failed to get out of the fifth.

Relievers Steven Messner and Nick Vander Tuig followed by allowing a combined seven runs. GreenJackets third baseman Brandon Bednar went 3 for 5 with a double, while Ryder Jones, Tyler Horan and Leo Rojas each had two hits.

Horan extended his hitting streak to 14 games.

STANDOUTS

PLAY OF THE GAME: Drive third baseman Jimmy Rider doubled home two in the fifth to spark a big inning, giving them a 6-2 lead.

STAR OF THE GAME: Greenville’s Jantzen Witte went 3 for 4 with three doubles, three RBI and a walk.

NEXT: Augusta at Delmarva, 7:05 p.m. Wednesday


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