|Lions win two of first three in postseason, eliminate Jackets |
The Dresden Lions pounded 15 hits to knock Greenfield from playoff contention by a 10-6 score in District 14-A Baseball Tournament action Saturday.
Eye ball — Dresden’s Roe Hughes watches closely as a pitch passes him outside the strike zone headed to the glove of Yellowjacket catcher Brett Perkins during District 14-A Baseball Tournament action Saturday in Union City.
The Lions opened the postseason last Wednesday with an easy 12-2 elimination win over Lake County’s Falcons in Dresden.
Following that victory, Dres-den, the No. 4 seed in the East, lost a 4-0 decision to the host Humboldt Vikings, the No. 1 seed in the West, on Thursday.
The loss to the Vikings dropped Dresden into the tourney losers’ bracket where the Lions ran into rival Greenfield.
The Yellowjackets’ path to the losers bracket went through Halls where the Tigers knocked off Greenfield, 16-1, on Thursday.
The Lions took advantage of every GHS miscue to gain the early advantage. In the top of the first, Dresden’s leadoff man, Greg Alderdice beat a throw to first after a dropped third strike Hatler followed with a single and an error allowed both to score for a 2-0 Dresden edge.
A great catch in center by Hatler, who got up after slipping on the wet turf, kept GHS scoreless in the bottom of the first.
Dresden grabbed the momentum with extra base hits in the third. Hatler tripled and scored on Matt Beaty’s two-run homer to right center field. Eric Evans reached on an error and scored for a 5-0 Lion lead.
The Dresden lead grew to eight runs with three tallies in the top of the fourth inning.
The Jackets broke through against DHS starter Roe Hughes in the fourth. An error put Cody Ricketts on base and Brett Perkins doubled. Both scored to cut the Dresden lead to 8-2.
In the sixth, Perkins doubled and scored again. Colin Medling reached on an error and scored to trim the DHS lead to 8-4.
Hatler drove in the final two Lion runs with a single in the top of the seventh.
Greenfield tried to rally, with Ty Smithson and Dalton Potts singling and scoring but Hughes got the outs for the 10-6 victory.
The game was the last in a Greenfield uniform for seniors Brett Perkins, Colin Medling and Cody Black.
Against Humboldt, Dresden squandered a strong mound performance by the lefty Hatler. The senior had a no-hit bid through four innings. The Lion hurler gave up just one hit, but errors in the field and walks allowed the Vikings to plate four runs in the fifth inning.
Against Lake County, Alder-dice, the Lion leadoff batter, ripped a solo shot in Dresden’s first at-bat to start a cascade of scoring that resulted in the downfall of the Falcons, 12-2, after five innings.
For the Falcons, the loss brought an end to the season of the fifth seed from the district’s West division.
Alderdice’s long ball put the Lions ahead 1-0 in the first inning and Hatler followed the fireworks with a walk. Beaty doubled to center and pitcher Eric Evans singled to score Hatler for a 2-0 lead. Dwayne Bailey’s shot to the gap in right scored Beaty for a 3-0 lead after one inning.
In the second, the Lions plated another run when Beaty singled to drive home Alderdice.
The Falcons notched two runs in the top of the fourth with two bases-loaded singles to cut the lead in half, 4-2, but Dresden answered with five runs to put the game out of reach. Chris Peeler was hit by a pitch, and Daniel Harris singled. Hatler’s singled scored two. Beaty doubled to deep center and Evans was intentionally walked to load the bases. Bailey singled to drive in two runs and Matt Chappell hit a sac fly to score Evans and put Dresden up 9-2 after four.
Providing the finishing touches in the fifth, Peeler and Alderdice walked. Hatler belted a triple to score two runs and, after two intentional walks to load the bases, Bailey singled to score Hatler and bring an end to the 12-2 win for the Lions.