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Peabody next victim in ’Jackets district run

Peabody next victim in ’Jackets district run
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
Make room in the Greenfield High School trophy case for another district baseball championship.
The Yellowjackets won their fourth straight 14A Tournament title Thursday with a 9-1 triumph over Trenton in the championship game at Elam Stadium.
G’field improved to 27-2 this season with its 12th straight district tournament victory and 16th in its last 17 games dating back to its first championship in the event.
The ’Jackets will next play host to Clarksburg — the District 13A runnerup — in Monday’s regional semifinals at 5 p.m. GHS has beaten C’burg 10-2 and 6-4 in two earlier meetings this spring.
Monday’s winner will not only advance to the region championship on Wednesday, but also secures a spot in the sectionals a week from today.
Greenfield scored four times in the first and never looked back Thursday in beating Peabody for the second time in the 14A district tournament.
Willie Trevathan’s team got great production from the bottom part of its lineup with Tanner Smithson, Chris Reddic and Adam Bethel each collecting two hits and RBIs.
“The guys at the lower end of the batting order really came up big today,” the Greenfield skipper agreed. “That’s the way this team is and has been — somebody different steps up when somebody else didn’t. It’s truly the team concept.”
No. 2 hitter Tony Robinson went 3-for-4 with a run scored and a ribbie, tournament most valuable player Graham Perkins drove in two run and Heath Crouse scored twice for the ’Jackets, who also got a strong pitching performance from Zac Grooms.
Grooms went the distance for the fourth time this season, improving to 7-0. He scattered five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out four.
The lone Peabody run scored vs. Grooms was unearned.
“He was just outstanding,” Trevathan said of his winning hurler. “He got ahead early in the count, he spot his pitches well and he made some really good pitches in the sixth when an error got him in a little trouble.”
Greenfield out-hit Trenton 12-5, and Peabody hurt itself with four errors that led to four unearned runs.
Heath and Hunter Crouse, along with Robinson, Perkins and Peyton Page were selected to the all-district team for the victors.
Union City put Drake Parker, Drew Cooley, Travis Rutland, Caleb Long and Eric Moore on either the all-district or all-tourney squad.
Tornado ace Clay Treece was named the Pitcher of the Year.
South Fulton was represented on the all-district squad by Ryan Prince and Kyle Clouse with Clouse also making the all-tourney team.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by email at mhutch@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 5.11.12

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