’Jackets have look of winner
Posted: Friday, May 11, 2012 12:00 pm
Greenfield head coach Willie Trevathan joked that it was a good thing Tuesday’s action against Trenton was a baseball game and not a beauty contest.
“We were sorta ugly there at the first,” said the Yellowjacket skipper, whose team nonetheless rallied to beat Peabody 7-3 and earn a spot in the tourney finals as well as next week’s regional play.
“A couple of sloppy plays let them (Trenton) get up early, but the kids did settle down after that. You have to win games like that sometimes, though, if you’re going to advance deep into the postseason. I’m obviously glad we found a way.”
Greenfield improved to 26-2 with the victory and will play for its fourth straight district championship today against Trenton — a 5-4 come-from-behind winner over Union City in Wednesday’s loser’s bracket final.
The ’Jackets would need just one win to claim another district title, while Peabody must beat G’field twice to relegate GHS to runnerup status and the road for Monday’s regional semifinals.
Today’s first game is set to begin at 4:30 with a second — if necessary — to follow.
A dropped pop-up and a hit batsman contributed to a three-run Trenton first inning on Tuesday that put Greenfield in an immediate hole.
The Yellowjackets answered, however, with a three-spot of their own, and broke a 3-all tie in the fifth with four runs that proved to be the key to them punching their title game ticket.
Hunter Crouse went 4-for-4 with a double and two runs scored to pace a 10-hit attack for the victors.
Tony Robinson had two hits in four at-bats while crossing the pay station twice, while Heath Crouse doubled, drove in a run and scored two times.
Graham Perkins had a big double and two RBIs to contribute to the winning cause.
Payton Page went the distance on the mound to improve to 8-1. Page struck out six, walked just one and scattered seven hits.
None of Peabody’s runs scored against him were earned.
“I was proud that our guys didn’t tuck their heads when we started so poorly,” Trevathan continued. “They battled. They stepped up and made plays and had good at-bats. And they got some timely hits.
“You have to have a little luck along the way to have the success we’ve had the last few years. And you’ve got to battle through some adversity, too. We’ve done that the last two games.” Published in The WCP 5.10.12