Jacket home runs provide cushion in win over Halls

Jacket home runs provide cushion in win over Halls
Jacket home runs provide cushion in win over Halls | Greenfield Yellowjackets baseball, Heath Crouse, Halls Tigers, Dalton Potts, Tony Robinson, Cessac

Zoned in — Yellowjacket starting right-hander Heath Crouse begins his motion to the plate during his team’s 6-3 win over the visiting Halls Tigers on Thursday afternoon in Greenfield. Photo by Stephanie Sturgis
An early home run is nice, but it’s twice as nice to get a repeat performance in the same inning.
The Greenfield Yellowjackets cranked a pair of two-run home runs over the fence in the first inning of their 6-3 win over the visiting Halls Tigers on Thursday in Greenfield.
The win avenged a 4-3 loss to the Tigers on Wed-nesday afternoon in Halls.
After GHS starting pitcher Heath Crouse faced the minimum three batters in the top of the first, which he did in the first three innings, the Jacket bats heated up.
Dalton Potts rapped a one-out single and came home on Heath Crouse’s two-out homer through the wind and over the fence in left for a 2-0 lead. The Jackets promptly doubled the advantage when Jacob Johnson singled and Jake Lasater smashed a two-run bomb to straightaway center field for a four-run cushion.
Greenfield padded its lead in the second inning by playing small ball. Ty Smithson drew a leadoff walk and stole second base. He advanced to third on Hunter Crouse’s bunt single and scored on Tony Robinson’s line drive single to left field. Potts moved the runners over a base with a beautiful bunt down the third base line. Tyler Jones brought Hunter Crouse home with a sacrifice fly to right field for a 6-0 lead.
Halls starting pitcher Dustin Belton bounced back to strike out three consecutive Jackets in the third.
Buoyed by Belton’s recovery, the Tiger offense went to work in the fourth. Steven Cessac led off with a ground rule double and scored on Jacob Clark’s single for a 6-1 score.
Belton also retired the Jackets in order in the fourth and fifth innings to keep the Greenfield lead at five runs, 6-1.
In the top of the sixth, a single and two hit batters loaded the bases for Halls. A balk and a sac fly brought home two runs, to whittle the Jackets’ lead to 6-3.
Halls’ Chris Cessac singled with one out in the top of the seventh, but Greenfield shortstop Hunter Crouse started a double play to end both the inning and the game as a 6-3 win.
In Wednesday’s loss, the Jackets carried a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning.
Greenfield moved in front in the top of the first when Robinson led off with a single and later scored on Graham Perkins’ RBI single. The Jackets plated their second run in the third. Potts and Heath Crouse each singled, and Potts came home on Perkins’ groundout for a 2-0 advantage.
Halls cut the lead in half with an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Jackets got it back in the seventh when Heath Crouse homered for a 3-1 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh, Potts gave up three singles and hit two batters, allowing the Tigers to rally for the 4-3 win.

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