Clutch Greenfield a hit vs. Central
Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 12:03 am
IF AT FIRST — Obion Central’s Brady York steps safely on first base as Greenfield’s Graham Perkins reaches for a throw that was off target during prep baseball action on Friday afternoon. The Yellowjackets battled back from a 2-0 deficit to best double-A entry Obion Central 3-2 in eight innings.
Greenfield came through in the clutch on Friday afternoon.
The Yellowjacket baseball team had a pair of timely hits to overcome double-A entry Obion Central via a 3-2 margin in eight innings.
Greenfield also played on Thursday at Bethel University. The ’Jackets fell 21-3 in that contest.
“I don’t think our mental preparation was where it needed to be on Thursday to compete with a team like Riverside,” Yellowjacket coach Willie Trevathan said. “On Friday, our frame of mind was much better than it was Thursday.”
G’field hosts Lake County on Tuesday at home. The Yellowjackets also traveled to LC on Monday.
Results from that game will be in Thursday’s edition of The Press.
GF 3, Obion Central 2
Winning pitcher Heath Crouse knocked an RBI single in the bottom of the half to chase across the game-deciding run and give the Yellowjackets their first victory of the campaign.
Starting pitcher Payton Page helped to keep G’field into the game both on the mound and at the plate.
Page smacked a two-run home run in the fourth inning to tie the game at 2-all after the Rebels had put two tallies on the board during the visitors’ half of the opening canto.
Additionally, G’field catcher Tyler Jones was 2-for-4 with a run and two stolen bases, while Dalton Potts (single and a walk) and Tony Robinson (single and hit by a pitch) both reached on two occasions.
On the mound, Page tossed the first 41⁄3 innings, allowing four hits and striking out five.
Crouse came on for the final 32⁄3 frames, allowing no hits, runs or walks. All totaled, Crouse struck out four.
Riverside 21, GF 3
The defending state champion Panthers picked up where they left off last season in Thursday’s game at Bethel University.
Riverside, which outscored its single-A State Tournament opposition by a 46-5 margin last season, exploded for seven runs in the first inning, five in the second and nine in the third.
Greenfield’s three runs all came during the second inning.
Page cleared the fence with a three-run home run, while Graham Perkins was 2-for-2.
Both Perkins and Tyler Jones scored on Page’s three-run bomb.
Losing pitcher Jacob Johnson struck out five, but gave out a like number of free passes (three walks and two hit batsmen).
Of the 19 runs charged to Johnson, seven were earned.
Adam Bethel came on in relief and threw the final 21⁄3 innings. Bethel allowed two runs — neither earned.