G’field holds off Rockets to advance

G’field holds off Rockets to advance
G’field holds off Rockets to advance | Greenfield Yellowjackets baseball, Graham Perkins, Heath Crouse, Payton Page, Region 7-A Tournament, Clarksburg Rockets,

Celebrate — Greenfield Yellowjackets (facing, from left) Graham Perkins and Heath Crouse get high fives from teammates after scoring on a Payton Page ground-rule double in their district final win. Photo by Sara Reid
It will be a deja vu championship game for the Greenfield Yellowjackets.
After defeating the Union City Golden Tornadoes in the District 14-A championship game last Thursday, Greenfield passed the Clarksburg Rockets, 6-3, to set up a rematch with Union City in the Region 7-A championship game on Wednesday. The Jackets’ win also earned them a berth in the Sectional round on Friday.
Against Clarksburg, the Jackets scored a run in each of the first two innings, broke loose for four runs in the third and held off a late Rocket surge to win, 6-3, this past Monday night in Union City.
With Dalton Potts commanding the mound, the GHS junior left-hander gave up a single but ended the top of the CHS first with a strikeout. At the plate for the Jackets, Tony Robinson led off with a single, advanced to second on a Potts sac fly and came in to score on a sharp line drive by Heath Crouse for a 1-0 lead.
Potts struck out two in the second. The Jackets continued to have the hot hand on offense as four straight singles from Graham Perkins, Payton Page, Ty Smithson and Hunter Crouse drove in a run to put GHS up 2-0.
Potts retired three straight in the third. In the Jacket half, Paige ripped a ground-rule double to send in two runs. Hunter Crouse doubled to drive in Page, Robinson singled in another run and Greenfield looked to be in complete control with a 6-0 lead after three.
Potts gave up a single and a walk to start the inning, but struck out a pair to end the threat. The Jackets looked to put more runs on the board. Heath Crouse and Jacob Johnson smacked doubles, but CHS pitcher Logan Hampton worked out of the jam.
Potts sat down the first two batters in the fifth, but the Clarksburg bats heated up. A walk, a double and a single sent in two runs to put the visitors on the board. Hampton doubled just over Robinson’s outstretched arm to plate another run and the Rockets cut the lead in half, 6-3. The Jackets stranded Robinson after a single in the fifth.
Potts gave up a double in the sixth, but struck out three straight. GHS went down in order.
In the seventh, Potts gave up two singles, but forced a fly out and two groundouts to finish with 11 Ks and seal the win and another meeting with UC to decide the Region 7-A crown.

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