Crouse show ratings high
Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 12:02 am
By: Mike Hutchens, Press Sports
Greenfield’s 10-0 drubbing of Union City in the District 14A Tournament Tuesday could have fallen under the heading of “The Heath Crouse Show.”
Crouse hit a two-run first-inning homer, drove in four runs in all and spun a four-hit shutout to lead the Yellowjackets to the tourney championship game while also securing a regional tournament berth.
The ’Jackets (18-6) need just one more victory — against the survivor of Wednesday’s elimination game between UC and Halls — to earn host rights for Monday’s Region 7A semifinal.
Today’s championship round involving Greenfield and either Union City or Halls is set to begin at 5 p.m., with a second game — if necessary — to immediately follow.
Crouse shined both at the plate and on the mound in G’field’s impressive triumph.
He jacked a a two-run dinger after teammate Tony Robinson reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the first to give himself the only runs he’d need. Crouse drove in another tally in a seven-run second frame when he reached via fielder’s choice and later scored his second run. He tacked on his fourth RBI with a sacrifice fly in the third to account for the ’Jackets’ final run.
The junior righthander also mixed his pitches masterfully to strike out six UC hitters while allowing just four hits and one walk to improve to 7-2 with his fifth complete-game pitching performance on the season.
“He doesn’t by us, that’s for sure,” Greenfield head coach Willie Trevathan responded when asked if Crouse might be overlooked by opponents because of teammate and UT Martin signee Dalton Potts — considered the ace of the Yellowjacket staff. “I’m proud of him and all of our kids. It was really a team effort.
“We had people get on base at the top of the lineup, and we took advantage of scoring opportunities and extra outs in the innings when we had them.”
Tyler Jones went 2-for-3 with a RBI double and Hunter Crouse scored two times for a G’field, which was the beneficiary of five UC errors that led to five unearned ’Jacket runs.
While the Tornadoes were shaky defensively, Greenfield did not make an error in the contest, which was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Gleason 4, McKenzie 3
Gabe Lowrance was key in the Bulldogs’ slim victory over the Rebels. He blasted a two-run homer and also also laid down a picture-perfect safety squeeze in the bottom of the sixth go help Gleason get the winning run.
“We let what happened against Huntingdon go and came into the McKenzie game eager to win,” Bulldog skipper Jason Stephens said. “They (McKenzie) scored three off of us really quick, but but we held them the rest of the way and Gabe came through big for us.
“We’re playing good baseball right now and I’m proud of my guys.”
Austin Sullivan was a perfect 3-for-3 with one RBI during the win over the Rebels.
Sullivan, Thomas Fowler, Cole Verdell and Lowrance each scored one run.
On the mound, Conner Verdell went the distance and got the mound triumph. Verdell struck out six and allowed just three hits.
McKenzie scored one run in the first inning and a pair in the second. Lowrance’s homer keyed Gleason’s three-run fourth. The Bulldogs pushed the winning run across in the home half of the sixth.
W. Carroll 6, Gleason 3
The War Eagles — who Gleason knocked into the loser’s bracket on Friday — avenged that loss in the do-or-die game at Dresden.
Behind 3-0 after three frames, WC struck for two runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth frames to procure the triumph.
“We jumped out to an early lead, but just stopped hitting,” Bulldog skipper Jason Stephens said. “I don’t think we played poorly.
“All in all, we had a good season. We played well from the middle of the season until the end and didn’t give up after we had a poor start to the year. I’m proud of the team for that.”
Gleason’s Thomas Fowler had two RBIs, while Austin Sullivan chased one home.
Bulldog leadoff hitter Chase Ezell was 2-for-4.
Also, Conner Verdell, Thomas Fowler and Blake Taylor all singled once. Verdell scored twice.
Fowler was the losing pitcher. He struck out five and went the distance for Gleason (12-13).