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Jackets take advantage of WHS gifts, split with UC

Jackets take advantage of WHS gifts, split with UC
Jackets take advantage of WHS gifts, split with UC | Westview Chargers baseball, Will Vernon, Greenfield Yellowjackets baseball, Payton Page, Dalton Potts, Heath Crouse, Tony Robinson, Adam Garner

First Base flip — Westview’s Will Vernon (right) races to the bag where Yellowjacket first baseman Payton Page awaits the baseball flipped by pitcher Dalton Potts after fielding a slow roller up the line last Thursday. Photo by Stephanie Sturg
The Greenfield Yellowjackets took full advantage of gifts given by the Westview Chargers in a 12-2 win last Thursday, before splitting two games with the Union City Tornadoes on Monday and Tuesday.
Westview offered up four errors, including one that put the first GHS batter on base in the bottom of the first inning. That batter, Dalton Potts, later scored on a RBI double by Heath Crouse. The second Jacket batter — Tony Robinson — drew a walk from WHS starter Adam Garner and scored on Jacob Johnson’s single.
Crouse and Johnson got to trot home when Jake Lasater smashed a homer down the right field line for a 5-0 lead that Westview never truly challenged.
Potts started on the mound and was limited to just three innings. The lefty struck out five of the nine Chargers he faced, while allowing one hit and one walk to Westview.
The Chargers lit the scoreboard when Nick Shell sent a home run over the fence in deep center to lead off the fifth inning. A Jacket error then allowed Will Vernon to reach and he eventually came home on a sacrifice fly from Adam Garner to cut the Greenfield lead to four runs, 6-2.
The Jackets added four in the fifth thanks to three hits, two errors and a walk to push the lead to 10-2.
Two doubles and two singles in the sixth put the 10-run mercy rule into effect for a 12-2 GHS win.
Johnson was 4-for-4 with two RBI and two runs. Crouse went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI for Greenfield. For the Chargers, Blake Parham was 2-for-3 with a double.
Against Union City on Monday, the host Jackets allowed a run each in the sixth and seventh innings to fall, 6-4, but only half those UC runs were earned.
Greenfield got revenge on Tuesday, winning 8-1. The Jackets plated five runs over the first two innings and never looked back. Tyler Jones was 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Potts got the win, whiffing 10.

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