Lions making run as postseason looms

Lions making run as postseason looms

Posted: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 9:37 am

Lions making run as postseason looms | Dresden baseball; Gleason baseball

Bradford’s Tyler McCartney (top) slides back safely ahead of the tag attempt of Dresden’s Matt Beaty.
Dresden made a “run” for it on Thursday and Friday.
The Lions totaled 47 tallies during three games over those two days, downing Bradford 11-0 on Thursday and sweeping a twinbill against Big Sandy (17-2 in Game 1 and 19-0 in the second contest) on Friday.
With the wins, Dresden is 10-4 in its last 14 games after starting the season with zero wins in its first eight contests.
“I’m glad we hit the ball well and threw strikes,” Lion skipper Scott Killebrew said. “I hope we can keep this going into the tournament, because  we’re doing exactly what I want to see at this time of the year.
“We’ve scored a lot of runs and our pitchers are filling up the strike zone.”
In Saturday action, Union City edged Westview 9-7.
Other Friday play had Gleason splitting a twinbill with South Fulton. The Bulldogs lost a 24-16 slugfest in the opener, but came back to prevail 3-2 in the nightcap.
Greenfield also was a victor on Friday. The Yellowjackets routed Clarksburg 13-1 in a game that was moved forward from Monday as the Rockets have district games to make-up.
UC 9, Westview 7
Charger Brent Gilbert led the way offensively with a 3-for-5 outing, a pair of runs scored and one RBI.
Additionally, Paul Richards was 2-for-4 with a pair of ribbies for Westview, while Alex Ross had two hits and scored twice.
Blake Parham, Zach Austin and Ty Brown each scored one run for the Chargers.
Austin, who tossed the first four frames and walked seven, was the losing pitcher. Jenus Hussey came on in relief and limited the Twisters to just one run on five hits and a walk.
Dresden 17-19, B. San. 2-0
Chaz Coleman struck out 10 and hurled a no-hitter in Game 2. Only two walks and an error stopped Coleman from spinning perfect game.
Gatlin Hatchel was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI, while Matt Beaty finished the second contest a perfect 3-for-3 with two ribbies, two runs and a double.
Josh Bone also smacked two doubles for the Lions, while Colin Kanehl, Daniel Harris and Killian Davis all scored twice.
In the opener on Friday, Kanehl struck out seven and allowed just one hit and five walks en route to the mound triumph.
Kanehl and Hatchel led off the game with back-to-back home runs to set the offensive pace for the Lions (10-12).
Hatchel finished the opener 4-for-4 with four RBI and three runs, while Kanehl assisted his mound cause with four runs.
Bone drove in a trio and Logan Thomas ended the game with a walk-off home run that put Dresden ahead by 15 runs with more than three innings in the books.
Greenfield 13, C’burg 1
UT Martin signee Dalton Potts smacked his fifth home run of the campaign against the Rockets.
For the season, Potts — who drove in a pair on Friday — is hitting .508 with 20 RBI.
Jacob Johnson and Heath Crouse both also chased a pair in against Clarksburg.
The Yellowjackets scored six times in the first inning, twice in the second and five times in the fourth to end the game after five frames due to the 10-run mercy rule.
C’burg’s lone tally was pushed across in the bottom of the third.
Potts, Crouse and Graham Perkins each doubled once for Greenfield (15-6).
Crouse scored three times, while Tyler Jones, Potts and Johnson all crossed the pay station twice.
On the mound, Crouse struck out nine and allowed just four hits to improve his pitching mark to 5-2.
SF 24-2, Gleason 16-3
The Redmen struck for six runs in the first inning, nine in the second, four in the third and five more in the fourth inning of Game 1.
Meanwhile, Gleason — whose field at Mike Snider Park was devestated during last week’s storms — scored three in both the first and fourth frames and tallied 10 during the third.
Conner Verdell was 3-for-4 with a trio of RBI, while Chase Ezell had a 2-for-4 outing with a pair of runs scored and two ribbies.
Losing pitcher Austin Perry also scored two runs for the Bulldogs as did Thomas Fowler and Gabe Lowrance.
Fowler and Austin Sullivan chased a pair in.
All totaled, the Gleason pitching staff, which was comprised of Perry, Blake Taylor, Ezell and Verdell walked 17 hitters and hit three batsmen.
“The first game was offensive in nature,” Bulldog skipper Jason Stephens said. “We allowed way too many walks that resulted in runs although my guys showed a lot of intensity and will power on the offensive side.
“The second game was a different story. We didn’t hit as well, but we executed and manufactured runs well. Our pitching was much better (in Game 2) and that makes all the difference. Overall, I am proud of my guys bouncing back from a tough week emotionally.”
In the second game, Lowrance gained the mound triumph. He limited South Fulton to five hits during his four innings on the hill. Fowler closed out the game and struck out one to gain the save.
Offensively, Verdell, Lowrance and Zach Ivy each scored one run. Perry, Hunter Morse and Sullivan all were credited with one RBI.
Verdell had Game 2’s lone extra-base hit — a double.
Dresden 11, Bradford 1
The Lions took advantage of eight walks, but also knocked eight hits against the Red Devils.
Hatchel — the winning pitcher — struck out seven and walked only one.
Kanehl was 2-for-3 with a double and three runs, while Mac Doran drove in a pair.
Hatchel, Beaty and Coleman all scored two runs against Bradford.

wcp 5/3/11

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