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Fast starts help G’field burn Red Devils twice

Fast starts help G’field burn Red Devils twice
Fast starts help G’field burn Red Devils twice | Greenfield High School baseball, Bradford baseball, Dalton Potts, Tony Robinson, Tyler Jones, Justin Cates, Heath Crouse

Defending home — Greenfield’s Tyler Jones (right) waits to make the tag on Justin Cates in the Jackets’ 11-1 win over Bradford on Tuesday. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
Hot starts fueled the Greenfield Yellowjackets to two wins over the Bradford Red Devils on Monday and Tuesday afternoons.
The host Jackets earned an 11-1 five-inning win on Monday, before traveling over the county line and earning a 9-6 win at Bradford on Tuesday.
In the first game, the Jackets plated three runs each in the first, second and third innings for a 9-0 lead.
In the first inning, three consecutive one-out singles, a wild pitch and an error contributed. Tony Robinson, Heath Crouse and Jacob Johnson all touched home. In the second inning, Heath Crouse blasted a two-run shot over the fence. In the third, Dalton Potts drove in two with a double and scored on an error.
Potts also dominated on the mound, striking out six, giving up one hit and hitting a batter in three innings.
He was relieved by Payton Page, who allowed one run. Devil Tyler McCartney walked and scored.
In the bottom of the fifth, Tyler Jones doubled and scored and Potts walked and scored to put the 10-run mercy rule into effect.
Heath Crouse was 3-for-3 and a triple shy of the cycle while driving in two and scoring twice. Potts drove in three and scored three.
On Tuesday, it appeared Greenfield was going to roll again, plating six over the first three innings, including a first-inning, two-run Johnson homer. However, GHS missed chances, stranding nine in seven innings.
The Devils didn’t roll over. Bradford plated a run in the first and two in the second thanks to some shaky fielding by the Jackets, cutting the lead to 6-3.
Greenfield added two runs in the fourth. The Devils got a two-run dinger by Caleb Knott in the fifth and McCartney walked and scored in the sixth.
Robinson came home with an insurance run for GHS in the seventh for the final run in the 9-6 win.

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