Charger errors create deficit
Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 12:04 am
Westview dug its own hole at the St. Jude Classic.
Lone Oak and Greenfield were eager to hand the Chargers a shovel.
All totaled, W’view committed 22 errors in three games at the annual Union City event.
Thus, the Chargers fell to eventual co-champion Lone Oak on Friday 15-0 and, also, to Greenfield 13-1 on Thursday.
Westview did triumph in its first game at the event — a 13-12 victory on Wednesday over McKenzie.
“We put ourselves in too deep of a hole to get out of,” Charger coach Chad Levister said. “You look at the score and think the pitching was bad, but in reality it wasn’t.
“We’re giving them six or seven outs in an inning. Our pitching is doing fine. It’s the defense behind them that is coming up short.”
On Thursday, Gleason was edged by a 6-5 margin against Bruceton and Dresden was bested by Union City 11-7 at the SJC.
Wednesday’s action had G’field falling to Lone Oak 12-6, while Huntingdon bettered Dresden 8-6 in a pair of St. Jude Classic contests.
The Chargers played at Dyersburg on Monday. Bradford was at Greenfield, Dresden went to Bruceton and Gleason traveled to Huntingdon. Coverage of those games will be in Thursday’s edition of The Press.
Today’s slate has Westview hosting Dyer-sburg, Greenfield at Halls and West Carroll at Gleason. Dresden and G’field also meet on Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.
Lone Oak 15, Westview 8
The Chargers committed seven errors and a handful of other mental mistakes during Friday evening’s defeat at Elam Stadium.
Though down 6-1 after three innings, Westview (1-7) struck for six runs in the fourth frame to take the lead.
However, the Purple Flash put three runs on the board during the home half of said inning to go ahead for good.
Blake Parham led Westview’s offense with a 3-for-4 outing that included a pair of runs batted in and two score.
Charger Zack Brock also was 3-for-4, while Barkley Legens accounted for two hits.
Bruceton 6, Gleason 5
The Bulldogs came up on the short end of the stick despite a 14-10 advantage in the hits department.
“We had 14 hits, yet I didn’t think we hit the ball as well as we should have,” Gleason coach Jason Stephens said. “We had too many baserunning mistakes along with five errors in the field and you can’t win games with a lot of errors.
“I still believe in our team and that we’ll turn it around, but right now we aren’t playing good, solid baseball.”
Gleason’s Thomas Fowler was 3-for-4, while Chase Ezell doubled, singled and drove in a run.
Gabe Lowrance, Cole Verdell and Blake Taylor — who drove in two — all also contributed a pair of hits for the Bulldogs (2-4, 1-1 in District 13A).
Conner Verdell absorbed the mound defeat.
He struck out three, walked two and was charged with all six runs (four earned).
Greenfield 13, Westview 1
Dalton Potts was light outs for the victorious Yellowjackets.
Meanwhile, there were moments when the Chargers, who committed eight errors just couldn’t get an out.
The Greenfield senior struck out 16 and allowed just one run on three hits during his six frames on the mound.
Offensively, Potts, Tyler Jones and Jacob Johnson all were 2-for-4.
Jones scored twice and drove in a pair as did Johnson. Potts doubled and came across the pay station twice.
G’field’s Graham Perkins also had two ribbies and Cody Worley accounted for two runs.
Charger Brent Gilbert had two of his team’s three hits. Gilbert, who logged five innings on the hill, absorbed the mound defeat.
Union City 11, Dresden 7
Chaz Coleman, Matt Beaty and Logan Thomas all homered, but their longball display was not enough at the St. Jude Classic.
The host team Twisters put Dresden in a hole early with eight runs in the first inning.
Aside from the trio of home run hitters, Gatlin Hatchel scored twice.
On the mound, Colin Kanehl lasted just two-thirds of an inning and absorbed the defeat.
Thomas came on in relief and limited Union City to just five hits and three runs in 4 1/3 innings of work during the game that ended after five innings due to the time limit.
Westview 13, McKenzie 12
The Chargers rallied for nine runs in the six inning to overtake the Rebels for their first triumph of the current campaign.
Legens had two hits and scored twice for Westview, while Parham accounted for a like number of tallies.
Chris Evans also offered two hits for the Chargers.
On the mound, Zack Austin, who struck out three in three innings, earned the victory.
Lone Oak 12, G’field 6
The Yellowjackets were ahead 4-2 after 1 1/2 innings against the Purple Flash — an institution that has over 800 students in high school alone.
Then, LO struck for six runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Jacob Johnson paced Greenfield with a 2-for-3 outing and a trio of RBI. Heath Crouse tripled and scored twice for the ’Jackets.
On the mound, Johnson absorbed the defeat. He struck out three, but allowed 11 runs (10 earned) on 16 hits, two walks and one hit batsman.
Huntingdon 8, Dresden 6
The Mustangs rallied for three runs to overtake Dresden in the fifth and final frame.
Daniel Harris led the Lions offensively with a 2-for-3 showing and three RBI, while Hatchel also had two hits and scored twice.
Additionally, Tyler Morehead drove in one for the Lions.
Joshua Bone was tagged with the defeat. Beaty started the game and tossed two innings, while Dale Hutcherson threw the third and fourth frames.