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’Jackets on path to crown

’Jackets on path to crown

Posted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 12:00 pm

Greenfield is in complete control of its own destiny with a pair of big wins in the District 14A Baseball Tournament at Elam Stadium in Union City.
Head coach Willie Tre-vathan has his Yellowjackets primed to win their fourth consecutive tournament title and fourth straight No.1 seeding in the regional tournament.
In the second round game, it was the hitters in the bottom of the batting order that got the rallies started with the big hitters getting the RBIs in the 11-5 win over Halls. In the first game of the tournament against Humboldt, it was Heath Crouse with six RBIs and a home run leading the way to a 14-4 shellacking.
Greenfield will now play Trenton in game 12 of the tournament tonight at 7. If the ’Jackets win, they are automatically in the championship game. If they lose, they will have to play an additional game and win it to make it to the championship game.
Greenfield 11, Halls 5
A tie game with Halls going into the bottom of the fourth did not phase the Yellowjackets any as they scored five runs in the inning to take 8-3 lead and went on to win 11-5 on Saturday.
“Obviously, the two big and most important things about us being in the winner’s bracket is that it helps our pitching and gives us a day off for some rest,” Trevathan said. “Both of those factors are invaluable when you’re trying to finish in the top two in the tournament and advance on to the regional.”
Halls scored first with two runs in the top of first, and the ’Jackets responded with a run in the bottom of the inning. Greenfield scored twice in the bottom of the third to take a 3-2 lead, only to see Halls tie it the next inning.
The ’Jackets started out slowly, but once they got going, could not be stopped by Halls.
“I thought our kids were real patient today after not getting off to a good start,” Trevathan said. “They kept playing and grinding out at-bats and making plays in the field. I thought the other most noteworthy thing is that the lower part of our batting order really contributed and got a couple of rallies started. That allowed the guys at the top and in the middle to do their jobs as run-producers.”
The bottom three batters in the lineup, Adam Bethel, Graham Perkins and Payton Page combined for five of Greenfield’s 15 hits. Perkins drove in five runs, had one double and sacrificed two times.
Greenfield 14, H’boldt 4
The Vikings discovered how hard it is to stop the Yellowjackets’ hitting attack on Friday in the District 14-A Tournament.
Greenfield erupted for 14 runs on 13 hits and was led by Heath Crouse and his six RBI performance.
Crouse went a perfect 4-for-4 with a pair of double and a home run. Hunter Crouse was also perfect at the plate with a 3-for-3 performance. He scored three times and drove in one run.
Chris Reddic scored twice and Bethel had two RBIs.
Page pitched four scoreless innings to get the win. He did not allow a hit and struck out four while walking two.
Bethel pitched the fifth inning and gave up four runs on three hits with one walk.
Greenfield remains in the winner’s bracket and will play Trenton today at 4:30 p.m.
A win today not only puts the Yellowjackets into the championship round, set to begin Thursday afternoon at 4:30, but also next week’s Region 7A Tournament.
Monday night, Lake County continued its surpprising run with a 6-5 win over Halls, while Union City hammered Bradford 13-3. Published in The WCP 5.8.12

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