Greefield cruises through 7A semis
Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 12:02 am
By: Kenneth Coker, Press Sports
Easy does it.
That’s one of the best ways to sum up Greenfield’s 9-1 rout over Bruceton in the Region 7A Tournament semifinals on Monday evening.
Winning pitcher Dalton Potts owned the Tigers’ lineup, striking out 12 and allowing just two hits during
his six frames on the hill to improve to 9-0 on the campaign.
“At this point in the year, I’ll take a win any way I can get one,” Yellowjackets skipper Willie Trevathan said. “I’m very pleased to win like we did today. I thought Dalton did a great job of going out and competing on the mound and our defense was solid behind him.
“We also had quite a few guys step up offensively and get some big hits.”
As a result of Monday’s victory, G’field has won the right to host the Region 7A Tournament title game on Wednesday against Union City. That contest is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.
The Yellowjackets will be going for their third consecutive 7A crown against a Twister team that they have defeated twice in week.
G’field bested UC 7-1 on Thursday to claim its third straight District 14A championship. The Yellowjackets also blanked UC last Monday (10-0) in earlier 14A tourney action.
“We’re playing against a team that knows a lot about us and that we know a lot about,” Trevathan said of the match-up with Union City. “I also think it says a lot about the competition of District 14A when the only two teams left standing are from our league.”
Additionally, Greenfield also has punched its ticket into Friday’s Class A sectional round. If G’field wins on Wednesday, the Weakley Countians will host the Region 8A runner-up on Friday. Should the Yellowjackets lose in the 7A title game, they hit the road to take on the 8A champion.
Undoubtedly, the biggest hit of Monday’s game was Heath Crouse’s home run in the fourth frame. Crouse blasted the two-run shot to straightaway center field.
The home run was his team-best eighth of the current campaign and his third in as many outings.
For the season, Crouse leads the team in RBIs (39) and runs scored (38).
For what it’s worth, though, the Yellowjackets (20-6) put up enough tallies in the bottom of the first to claim the win in Monday’s regional semifinal.
Tony Robinson lead off the opening frame with a single and came across the pay station when Crouse doubled with one out.
Then, Crouse scored as Jacob Johnson reached on an error with two away.
Payton Page also got on due to a miscue and plated Johnson in the process to give the Yellowjackets a 3-0 lead after one frame.
In the third inning, Greenfield added another score.
Crouse singled to start the frame and was plated when Tyler Jones doubled down the third-base line.
The Yellowjackets would go on to load the bags in the third. However, G’field was unable to get another run in.
That wasn’t the case in the fourth inning after Crouse homered.
After the long fly, Jones legged out an infield single and scored when Johnson doubled.
The final two G’field scores came in the fifth inning. Graham Perkins led off said frame with a single and Austin Pence came on as a pinch-runner.
Pence moved to second when Hunter Crouse singled and scored on a Robinson safety.
Robinson got himself in a rundown while Potts was at the plate and Crouse was able to sneak across the pay station for the last G’field run of the contest.