The Kenmore-Garfield baseball team continued to make some noise in the City Series on Thursday against Ellet at the University of Akron.

Kenmore-Garfield beat Ellet 5-2 on Thursday at Lee Jackson Field, proving Monday’s 3-2 win in eight innings at Prentiss Park was no fluke.

Senior John Henry pitched a complete game to lead the Rams (9-3, 6-1) on Thursday.

“I have a lot of ballplayers returning with a lot of ball experience,” Kenmore-Garfield coach Rod Reno said. “Basically, the difference in these two games is that we came up with some timely hitting. We were able to bunch some hits together and put up a couple of crooked numbers. We talk about fight, scratch, claw. This is a gritty bunch. I like their energy. Sometimes it pushes the line, but I don’t want to take it away from them because they just play hard for one another. That is a real good Ellet team over there. This week’s games have not been easy, especially with the two rainouts in between.

“We were down to our last out on Monday and my nine hitter, [junior] Gerald Fisher, tied it up with an RBI single that scored [senior] James Watters. We ended up holding them in the eighth and we got the bases loaded with nobody out in the bottom of the eighth, and we ended up doing a squeeze bunt play with one out to get that third run in and win 3-2. [Senior] Donta Keys laid down the bunt and [senior] Nick Carillon scored.”

Thursday’s game wasn’t as dramatic as Henry and his teammates won by three runs.

“I just tried to throw strikes as much as I could,” Henry said. “My curveball wasn’t really working, but I had to fight through that. My defense behind me was excellent.”

K-G took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth. With one out, junior John Varney hit a double and Keys reached base on an error. Watters then hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Varney and Keys scored when freshman Gavin Miller grounded out.

“We came through with clutch hits in both of these close games,” Varney said.

Ellet (6-7, 6-2) tied the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth when juniors Josh Jaeger and Jack Tupta led off the inning with singles. Senior Tyler Westren hit into a ground out that brought in Jaeger and Tupta scored on a wild pitch.

The Rams loaded the bases and took a 4-2 lead in the sixth. Fisher brought in Keys with an infield single and junior Cody Pace took a pitch off his body to bring in Watters.

Rams junior Rontrell Greer led off the seventh with a single, stole second and third, and scored when Varney lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to make it 5-2.

“We have been fighting adversity with the rain this season,” Greer said. “We are keeping everyone healthy and focused. We are just maintaining that same energy that we have had throughout these two games.”

Ellet coach John Sarver said his team is “a young ballclub that is still learning.”

“They [K-G] can make a mistake or do something, and in years past no matter what Rod had as players that would lead to another mistake,” Sarver said. “This year they have the ability to make a mistake and overcome it and come back with a successful play — maybe sometimes two or three successful plays. That is the difference in the attitude. That is the difference in some of the things that they are doing as Kenmore-Garfield.”

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