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G’field wins back-to-back district titles

G’field wins back-to-back district titles
G’field wins back-to-back district titles | Greenfield Yellowjackets baseball, District 14-A, Dalton Potts, Jacob Johnson, Heath Crouse, Tony Robinson, WIllie Trevathan
The Greenfield Yellowjackets made it back-to-back District 14-A championships by breaking open a close game with three runs in the fifth to down the Union City Golden Tornadoes 6-3 on Thursday in Union City.
“I was proud of our effort all week. We’re hungry and we have lots of leadership,” Greenfield head coach Willie Trevathan said.
Thanks to the district final win, Greenfield hosted the Clarksburg Rockets in the Region 7-A semifinals Monday in Union City.
In the key fifth inning, Heath Crouse doubled to open the GHS at-bat and scored on Jacob Johnson’s single. Graham Perkins followed with a single. After a fly out, Ty Smithson sent Johnson home with a single, and Perkins scored on a throwing error that boosted the Jackets’ lead to 6-3.
The Tornadoes threatened to get a run back in the top of the sixth. Branson Sherwood drew a leadoff walk from relief pitcher Dalton Potts. Potts sandwiched an infield chopper by Brandon Griffin between a pair of strikeouts. Another single loaded the bases, but Potts got a fly out to end the threat and maintain the 6-3 lead.
In the seventh, UC’s Zac Cavness knocked a one-out single to center, but Potts fielded a grounder and started a double play to end the game as a GHS win.
Both teams plated a run in the first inning. For UC, Drake Parker drew a walk from Jacket starter Jacob Johnson and scored on a Stevie Gossett single. For the Jackets, Tony Robinson also drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on Potts’ single and scored on Heath Crouse’s sac fly.
After Potts threw out a UC runner at the plate from center field in the top of the second, Greenfield moved on top in the home half. Payton Page walked and moved to third on Ty Smithson’s double. An error allowed Page to touch home plate for a 2-1 lead.
Gossett homered to left in the top of the third to knot the score at 2-all.
The Jackets bounced back with an unearned run in the third. Tyler Jones singled and stole second and moved to third on a Heath Crouse single. Jones came home on an error. A double play and a great diving catch by right fielder Tyler Stewart kept the Greenfield cushion at one run, 3-2.
Once again, the Jackets immediately gave up their lead when Union City took advantage of a two-base error and a single to even things at 3-3.
“Today was just a lot of giveaways early. We’d give them stuff and they’d give us stuff. We were fortunate,” Trevathan noted. “We really had two things going for us — hitting and pitching.”
At the plate for Greenfield, Smithson was 3-for-3 with two RBI. Potts, Jones, Heath Crouse and Johnson each ripped two hits.
Johnson picked up the mound win for the Jackets going five innings and allowing two earned runs on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts.

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