Lions walk off with win; ’Jackets, WV roll

Lions walk off with win; ’Jackets, WV roll

Posted: Friday, April 6, 2012 12:00 pm

Dresden needed every bit of seven innings. Greenfield was able to clock out a couple of innings early.
The Lions won on a home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to knock off Weakley County and District 13A rival Gleason 9-7, while the Yellowjackets hammered South Fulton 15-2 in a game called after five innings on the 10-run mercy rule.
Meanwhile, Westview completed a District 13AA baseball sweep of Obion Central with a 9-0 win at Martin.
In softball, Dresden needed three innings to top Gleason 16-0.
All four county baseball teams are in action today. Westview and Dresden will play in the Easter Slam at Dyersburg, Greenfield will host Gibson County and Gleason will be at home against West Carroll.
Westview and Dresden will continue tourney play on Friday and Saturday, while the ’Jackets will host Clarksburg on Friday.
BASEBALL
Dresden 9, Gleason 7
Josh Bone provided the dramatics for Dresden Tuesday with a two-run walk-off homer that just cleared the left field fence, giving the Lions the district win over visiting Gleason.
After the Bulldogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first, the Lions came by in the bottom of the second with a pair of their own. Dresden took the lead in the bottom of sixth inning with four more runs to make a 6-3 game.
Dresden’s starting pitcher Chaz Coleman needed just three outs in the top of the seventh, but he could only get one batter out as he struggled in the inning.
The Bulldogs scored four runs in the inning to retake the lead and set themselves up for the win.
Eric Vandyke replaced Coleman on the mound and got the final two outs of the inning and then was rewarded with the win.
Vandyke scored the tying run in the bottom half of the seventh on a base hit by Logan Thomas. That set up Bone for his game-winning home run as he was the next hitter in the order.
Conner Verdell took the loss for Gleason as pitched the final 11⁄3 innings
Zac Seat got three RBIs on two doubles for the Lions. Mac Doran also hit a double and collected an RBI for Dresden. The Lions had nine hits in the game, while the Bulldogs were held to five hits. Austin Sullivan had two RBIs on one hit and walked once.
Greenfield 15, SF 2
The Greenfield juggernaut just keeps on rolling as the Yellowjackets scored in every inning in route to a 15-2 District 14A win over South Fulton Tuesday afternoon.
The visiting Yellowjackets scored two in the first, five in the second, two in the third, three in the fourth and two in the fifth as the game was called after five innings.
Hunter Crouse went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles, three RBIs and four runs scored. Heath Crouse, not to be outdone by his brother, went 3-for-4 that included a double and a home run. He also had four RBIs and scored twice.
Heath is batting .615 with three home runs and 21 RBIs. Hunter is not far behind with a .421 average.
Tony Robinson picked up a pair of RBIs on two hits. Tanner Smithson went 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and a RBI. Payton Page picked up the win, allowing just the two runs on three hits. He struck out seven and walked five. Page is now 4-0 on the season.
Greenfield has now won nine straight games and is 10-1 on the season with a perfect 6-0 record in the district. The Yellowjackets only defeat was to Riverside by one run. South Fulton falls to 1-10 and 0-5 in the district.
Gibson County will invade Greenfield this afternoon at 5 o’clock.
Westview 9, OC 0
Brett Parham had three hits and two runs scored for the Chargers, who improved to 8-4 overall.
Central (5-6, 1-3) could muster but two singles against Charger pitcher Jordan Long.
Parker McMinn had a bunt hit for the Rebels, while Tanner Cary had OC’s other safety.
Trey Phipps gave up five runs in five innings, while Austin Carter relieved and was charged with the remaining Westview runs.
SOFTBALL
Dresden 16, Gleason 0
Dresden’s Abigail Lockhart only needed one run to secure a District 13A win over visiting Gleason, but her teammates decided to give her a lot more.
The Lady Lions took every advantage the Lady Bulldogs gave, and there were plenty of them as Gleason committed five errors in the three-inning game.
Lockhart only needed 40 pitches to take care of Gleason as the home plate umpire called the game in the bottom of the third after Dresden scored run number 16. She did not allow any hits and struck out four.
Gleason’s Calay Smith threw 90 pitches in the shortened game, recording one strikeout, six walks and eight hits.
Taylor McAlpin, Carrie Hatchel, KJ Smith, Maria Burkeen and Courtney Hornsby each drove in two runs for the Lady Lions.
Hatchel and Burkeen each hit a double, and McAlpin had a triple plus two stolen bases. Lockhart helped her cause with a pair of stolen bases.
Dresden scored three runs in the first, five in the second and eight in the third. Published in The WCP 4.5.12

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