GREEN RIVER – The Green River American Legion baseball team took care of business on Sunday after traveling to Colorado, sweeping Hayden in a two-game doubleheader.
In the first game, Knights pitcher’s Korbin Serrano and Quinten Liebelt got the team going in the right direction after combining for a no-hitter. After a dominating performance on the mound, Green River continued to shine. In the fifth inning, the Knights scored 10-runs before the mercy rule was applied to end the game early.
Green River never let off the gas. With four runs scored in each of the first three innings of the second game, the Knights completed the sweep. The latter game also took only five innings.
GREEN RIVER 13, HAYDEN 0
It wasn’t until the top of the third inning before Green River put the first point on the board. With two outs and a runner in scoring position, Korbin Serrano smashed a ground ball single out to left field. This allowed Taydin Cave to race in and give the Knights a one-run lead.
In the bottom of the inning, Hayden did its best to get back into the game, but the Knights defense slammed the door shut. After facing only four batters, Liebelt forced two quick ground outs before forcing a fly out to end the inning.
In the top of the fourth, Kaden Wilson got things going for the Knights with a leadoff single. Before Marcos Molina was hit by a pitch, Wilson advanced to third base after Hayden’s pitcher threw a wild pitch.
One batter later, Wilson took advantage of the situation. After another wild pitch, Wilson raced home for a 2-0 lead. Three pitches into Jake Martinez’s at-bat, Molina used his speed to give his team a comfortable 3-0 advantage after stealing home.
Not only were the Knights firing on all offensive cylinders, but the defense remained dominant. In the bottom of the inning, a Hayden players was caught stealing second base for the first out. After replacing Liebelt on the mound, Korbin Serrano forced a pop out to Jax Peterson at second base. One batter later, Serrano slammed the door shut. In five pitches, he earned his first strike out to keep the Knights’ lead.
Cave started the inning with a leadoff single. Then Cave stole second base after a wild pitch. On the very next pitch, Korbin Serrano kept Green River’s momentum alive by smashing a line drive single out to center field. This allowed Cave to advance home and bring the score to 4-0.
Three batters later and with only one out, Ramsey Taliaferro crushed another line drive single to center field to score both Korbin and Dallan Serrano.
Green River scored its next four runs after Hayden’s pitcher gave up three walks and a single. One batter later, Tayler Jensen extended the lead to 11-0 after an error by the right fielder.
After Hayden’s defense throwing fits, Korbin Serrano kept the inning with a double out to center field. This allowed Liebelt to race in from third, extending the lead to 12-0. Peterson drove in the final run of the game after hitting a hard ground ball single out to left field.
Hayden did its best to get on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Serrano had other plans. After forcing three-straight strikeouts, Korbin Serrano completed the combined no-hitter.
GREEN RIVER 15, HAYDEN 2
Green River continued to shine in the second game. In the top of the first inning, Joe Schultz homered on a fly ball to center field for an early lead. Two batters later, Peterson followed up with a triple, extending the lead to 2-0.
With only one out, Broox Riley hit a sacrifice fly to center field. Before flying out, Riley’s hit allowed Wilson to cross home plate for a three-run lead. After Cave hit a double out to left field, Jace Griffiths raced in from second base for the final run of the inning.
In bottom of the inning, Green River held Hayden scoreless after three-straight strikeouts by Peterson on the mound. Four batters in and with only out, Schultz smashed a line drive triple out to left field. Liebelt and Jensen both scored, extending the lead to 6-0. Branson Barton hit a fly ball out to left field, which gave Schultz time to tag up and score.
With another great start, but there was absolutely nothing Hayden could do to contain Green River’s firepower.
Following the sacrifice fly by Barton, Peterson crushed a double out to center field. Then a Wilson hit allowed Peterson to extend the Knights’ lead to 8-0.
One inning later, Hayden’s defense still had no answers to stop Green River’s bats. With zero outs and the bases loaded, Jake Martinez singled out to left field. This allowed by Riley and Cave to score.
After an error by Hayden’s shortstop, Jensen’s single allowed Issac Ruiz to push the score to 11-0. Schultz’s monster day continued as he reached base after back-to-back errors by the shortstop, but his hit allowed Martinez to race in for the final run of the inning.
The bottom of the third inning featured another quick trip to the dugout for the home team. From the mound, Peterson forced a ground out followed by two-straight strikeouts to hold Hayden scoreless.
In the top of the fourth inning, Wilson continued to give Hayden’s pitcher fits. On the very first pitch, Wilson crushed the ball out to left field for another home run. While this was the only run of the inning for Green River, it wasn’t long before the Knights were back on offense.
Green River Knights head coach Ben Lail replaced Peterson on the mound with Dallan Serrano in the bottom of the inning. After only five at-bats, he gave up only two runs before striking out three of his final four batters.
Back on offense in the top of the fifth inning, Taliaferro hit Green River’s third home run of the day, extending the lead to 15-2.
With one last trip to the plate in the bottom of the fifth, Hayden did its best to bring in a few more runs, but Green River’s defense wouldn’t allow it. Wilson delivered three-straight outs to complete the two-game sweep.
After putting on a clinic in Colorado, Green River will carry its momentum into its next set of games. Up next, the Knights will travel to Riverton on Thursday, July 18, for a conference doubleheader against the Raiders. Thursday’s games are set to start at 5 and 7 p.m.