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Seven-run surge sends Greenfield past Lions

Seven-run surge sends Greenfield past Lions
Seven-run surge sends Greenfield past Lions | Greenfield Yellowjackets, Ty Smithson, Dresden Lions baseball, Alex Robinson , Wilson Park, Dresden Tennessee, Matt Beaty

Back in there — Greenfield senior Ty Smithson (right) beats the throw to Lion first baseman Alex Robinson during baseball action Friday afternoon at Wilson Park in Dresden. The visiting Yellowjackets downed Dresden, 9-4. Photo by Sara Rei
A seven-run surge in the top of the fourth inning was more than enough offense to push the Yellowjackets past the Lions, 9-4, this past Friday in Dresden.
Taking an early start time to avoid oncoming storms, both teams dealt with winds that, at times, controlled the speed, direction and distance of pitches and hits, but Greenfield opened the first inning with the hot hand. Tony Robinson led off with a line drive that skirted the left-field foul line. Dresden pitcher Chaz Coleman beat Dalton Potts to first base for an out on a ground ball, but Robinson made it to third. GHS catcher Tyler Jones connected for a single and the game’s first RBI. Heath Crouse collected a single down the left field line, but Coleman forced a fly out and a strikeout to end the game’s first at-bat with the Jackets in front 1-0.
Yellowjacket pitcher Payton Paige forced Josh Bone to fly out and Gatlin Hatchel to ground out, but Matt Beaty doubled to the center field fence and Daniel Harris walked. Alex Robinson struck out, however, to end the inning with the go-ahead runs on base.
Paige led off the second by drawing a walk, but Ty Smithson and Hunter Crouse flew out and grounded out, respectively. Tony Robinson walked and a run came in to score on a wild pitch to boost Greenfield’s lead to 2-0. In the Lions’ half of the second, Daniel Janes singled through the gap in left field, but Paige forced Dale Hutcherson to ground out and struck out Coleman and Colin Kanehl.
In the bottom of the third, Bone led off with a walk, but was thrown out attempting to steal second. Hatchel made it to first base on a dropped pitch before Beaty doubled again. Alex Robinson was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Janes walked to bring in the first run for the Lions and Beaty slid in to score on a wild pitch to tie the score, 2-2.
Greenfield was ready, however, and Paige doubled to start the fourth. Smithson singled to fill the corners and Hunter Crouse bunted to send in a run and put the Yellowjackets in front, 3-2. A line-drive single from Robinson put two runs on the board and forced the Lions to switch pitchers. With Kanehl in to pitch, Potts walked, Jones popped up for an out and Heath Crouse tripled to send in two more runs. Three straight batters walked and Heath Crouse came in to score before Beaty was sent to the mound to pitch. Jacob Johnson crossed home plate on a wild pitch, but Smithson struck out to end the top of the inning with a 9-2 Yellowjacket lead.
After two strike outs to begin the home half of the inning, Bone and Hatchel walked but Beaty popped up to end the fourth.
Defense and weather conditions took over for the remainder of the contest stalling the offense for both teams until the bottom of the seventh when Janes belted a two-run home run to cut into the Jackets’ lead, but it wasn’t nearly enough and Greenfield held on for the win, 9-4.

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