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Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 12:03 am

Though Dresden was defeated on Friday (5-4) by Milan, head coach Scott Killebrew wasn’t at a loss for words about the Easter Slam Tournament pool play game.
The veteran skipper was upbeat about his team’s performance against the double-A Bulldogs with just a week or so remaining in the regular season.
“Milan has had a lot of success this year and we stuck with them,” Killebrew said. “We hit the ball pretty well and had good pitching.
“We had a chance to win and that’s all you can ask. If we play like this the rest of the way, we’ll be in the running to win each game.”
Friday’s other action saw Greenfield rout McKenzie 12-3 in Easter Slam Tournament pool action. Meanwhile, Westview tied with Madison 13-all as the time limit expired and was routed 20-1 by Crockett County in Easter Slam play.
Only the top team out of four pools advanced to play in the event’s semifinal round on Saturday.
None of the Weakley County teams (Dresden, G’field or W’view) qualified as such.
On Thursday, the Lions did edge G’field 4-3, but lost to McKenzie 8-3 in games that were moved to the Yellowjackets’ field due to power outages at Milan.
Greenfield lost a close one to the Bulldogs on Thursday via an 8-7 count.
In other action on Thursday, Gleason swept West Carroll in a doubleheader. The Bulldogs won 7-6 in Game 1 and prevailed 8-2 in the second contest.
Today’s baseball schedule has Westview at home vs. Gibson County, Trenton at Gleason and Big Sandy at Dresden.
Milan 5, Dresden 4
The game was knotted up at 4-all in the bottom of the sixth inning when Bulldog Christian Coleman lifted a change-up out of the park for what turned out to be the deciding tally.
Gatlin Hatchel doubled twice and drove in two runs for the Lions, who led 3-0 after one inning of action.
Matt Beaty also chased one run home and scored once, while Josh Bone smacked a two-bagger and had one ribbie.
Additionally, Colin Kanehl scored once.
Bone started and went 31⁄3 frames for Dresden. Losing pitcher Chaz Coleman came on in the fourth and went the rest of the way.
G’field 12, McKenzie 3
The Yellowjackets poun-ded McKenzie with 19 hits on Friday.
Greenfield had the victory sewed up through five innings with a commanding 9-1 advantage.
Jacob Johnson was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored for the Yellowjackets. Heath Crouse was also 3-for-4.
Hunter Crouse accounted for two Greenfield runs, while Cody Worley, Zac Grooms and Graham Perkins all had two hits.
Payton Page and both of the Crouse brothers all scored twice.
Winning pitcher Adam Bethel went the entire seven innings and fanned 11.
Westview 13, Madison 13
Charger Blake Parham was 3-for-5 with a trio of runs scored and two RBI during the game that ended in a tie.
Additionally, freshman Beau Kelly was 3-for-4 with three runs, while Brent Gilbert chased home a pair during a 4-for-4 outing.
Westview’s Barkley Legens was also 2-for-4.
Crockett Co. 20, Westview 1
Kyle Coleman scored W’view’s lone run.
Blake Parham helped out with a hit as did Kelly — the losing pitcher.
Dresden 4, G’field 3
The Lions opened the game with three runs in the top of the first inning and another in the second to gain enough to down Greenfield.
“It was a very solid team win,” Killebrew said. “We got a good pitching performance from Colin Kanehl and Matt Beaty started the game off right by hitting a three-run homer in the first inning.
“Greenfield is a really good team and well coached. I’m proud of what we accomplished in beating them.”
Aside from Beaty’s big home run, Gatlin Hatchel had Dresden’s only other extra-base hit — a double.
Kanehl, who lasted 51⁄3 innings and struck out three, scored twice.
Daniel Harris came on in relief to earn the save.
The Lions’ pitching staff gave up just two hits to Greenfield.
G’field’s Hunter Crouse doubled and Dalton Potts singled.
Johnson — the losing pitcher — struck out seven and went the distance.
McKenzie 8, Dresden 3
The Lions’ pitching staff hit or walked a total of 13 batters to give the Rebels a leg up offensively.
Harris — the losing pitcher — stood out offensively for Dresden with a 2-for-3 outing and two RBI, while Hatchel smacked a double and scored twice.
Killian Davis and Alex Ellison both came on in relief of Harris, who left the hill after three innings with his team down 3-0.
Milan 8, G’field 7
The Bulldogs got all of their runs in the bottom of the third inning and Greenfield’s rally effort came up short.
The Yellowjackets, who trailed 8-0 after Milan’s outburst, scored three in the fourth frame and two in both the fifth and sixth innings.
Losing pitcher Heath Crouse turned out to be the only Yellowjacket with a two-hit performance. He finished the outing 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and one ribbie.
Tony Robinson, Jones, Potts, Johnson and Perkins all drove in one run.
Gleason 7-8, W. Carroll 6-2
The Bulldogs scored five runs in the second inning of the opening game and held the lead until the top of the seventh when the War Eagles scored a pair to go ahead 6-5.
However, Gleason struck for two more tallies in the home half of said frame to claim the walk-off triumph.
Hunter Morse and Thomas Fowler were both 2-for-4 for the ’Dawgs in Game 1. Fowler drove in one run.
Meanwhile, Conner Verdell scored once.
Fowler claimed the mound triumph in the first game. He struck out 10 and allowed just five hits and three walks during his seven frames of work.
In Game 2, Gleason totaled four runs in the first frame to score more than enough tallies to triumph.
Fowler drove in a pair and scored twice in the second game. Chase Ezell and Verdell each also crossed the pay station twice in Game 2.
On the mound, Gabe Lowrance allowed just three hits en route to the pitching victory.

wcp 4/26/11

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