‘Jackets keep control of crown
Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 12:02 am
By: Kenneth Coker, Press Sports
The Greenfield baseball has a three-peat on its hands.
The Yellowjackets claimed their third consecutive District 14A Tournament championship with a 7-1 triumph over Union City on Thursday.
The triumph gave G’field hosting rights in the Region 7A Tournament semifinals where they took on Bruceton on Monday (see related story.)
Greenfield won the league championship and ran the table in the postseason tournament, going a perfect 4-0.
“Staying in the winner’s bracket was a huge factor for us,” Yellowjacket skipper Willie Trevathan said. “The other teams had to play every day and we didn’t.
“Not only were our pitcher’s fresh, but all our players were and that’s what you want at this time of the season.”
The Yellowjackets scored two tallies in the first frame when Heath Crouse homered to plate both himself and Dalton Potts and added four more in the second inning before Union City starter Eric Moore settled into a groove.
After the second frame, Moore allowed just two hits and walked one.
“Heath stepped up big in the first inning and Dalton was pretty sharp for us,” Trevathan said. “We got a jump on them and did a good job of building a comfortable cushion to work with.”
On Thursday, the Yellowjackets (19-6) scored enough tallies in the first inning to claim the triumph. Dalton Potts singled with one out in said frame and No. 3 spot hitter Heath Crouse went yard for the second time in as many games against the Twisters.
However, Greenfield wasn’t through.
Payton Page started the second inning with a double and Zac Grooms drew a walk to put a pair on with no one out.
Graham Perkins reached on a error by shortstop Cameron Powers and Page scored as a result of the miscue.
Then, Hunter Crouse plated Grooms with a single.
Potts singled to plate both Perkins and Crouse, who advanced to third on Tony Robinson’s flyout to centerfield.
Union City pushed its only run of the contest across in the top of the sixth.
Tyler Steward opened that frame with a single and Drake Parker followed suit with a safety of his own to put a pair on with no one out.
Steward eventually scored on Branson Sherwood’s groundout.
Yellowjacket hurler Dalton Potts struck out 11 and scattered five hits through his seven innings on the hill.