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Only ’Jackets rise for early wake-up

Only ’Jackets rise for early wake-up

Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013 12:00 pm

Breakfast and baseball proved to be a feast for Greenfield.
Dresden and Greenfield tied up for a 10 a.m. game on Wednesday with spring break going on this week, and the Yellowjackets seemed to like the early start  by beating the visiting Lions 13-2 in five innings.
Westview split a pair of home and away games against Gibson County, the Chargers losing on the road 6-5 and then beating the Pioneers at home 11-1 with the aid of a triple play and a nine-run sixth inning.
The Yellowjackets split a pair of games with Bradford earlier in the week by losing 3-2 at home on Monday and winning 8-2 at Bradford on Tuesday.
Dresden hosted county and District 13A rival Gleason on Tuesday and went down to the Bulldogs 11-7.
G’field 13, Dresden 2
Dresden had problems fielding the ball throughout the game by committing six errors with five coming from the infielders. The ’Jackets took advantage of the Dresden miscues by scoring five runs in the second, three in the third and four in the fourth inning.
An error got things going for Greenfield in the bottom of the second as Tanner Smithson reached base and scored two batters later after Hunter Crouse reached on an error and Tony Robinson got on with a base hit.
Zac Grooms then ripped a two-run double that scored Crouse and Robinson.
Austin Pence got the three-run rally in the third started when he reached base on an infield error. Crouse was hit by a pitch, and both baserunners scored on another fielding error. Jordan Lasater drove in a run on a base hit with Grooms at third and Joshua Lasaster at second.
Dalton Cashion scored on Kourtney Sawyer’s double in the third for Dresden to put the Lions on the board. Sawyer scored on Zac Seat’s for Dresden’s only runs.
Joshua Lasater got the win while Nathan Gibbs took the loss.
Westview 11, GC 1
A rare triple play turned by the Chargers squashed any hopes for a rally the Pioneers might have had in the second inning of Tuesday’s District 13A matchup.
The Chargers caught the Pioneers napping on the base paths after A.J. Metzger went down on strikes and the ball got away from Westview catcher Ryne Reynolds, who tagged Metzger out. Addison Davidson then got caught running back to first base in a base-running mistake. Charger first baseman Nick Hart put the tag on Davidson to complete the triple play.
Westview went to work at the plate in the bottom of the fifth when Bretton Hazlewood delivered a big blow with a bases-loaded double. Hazlewood went to third on a failed play at the plate and scored on a fielding error.
Hazlewood came around to bat one more time with runners on the corners and two outs and hit a routine pop-up to the second baseman, who dropped the ball and allowed the ninth run of the inning to score, ending the game on the 10-run mercy rule.
Jordon Long pitched a good game for the Westview win with one run allowed on seven hits, no walks and seven strikeouts.
Hazlewood went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Houston Haag went 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and a pair of runs driven in.
Westview improves to 5-8 with the win and 1-1 in the district.
GC 6, Westview 5
The Chargers lost their opening game of district play on Monday after GC scored the tying and go-ahead runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
A walk and three base hits were just enough for the Pioneers in the fifth inning to score the two runs they needed.
Westview scored four runs in the top of the inning to take a 5-4, but the Chargers could not hold onto it in the bottom half of the inning. Barrett Belote got a bunt single that brought in Emmett Daniels from third base and Alex Ross drove in Belote and Haag two batters later and he scored the fourth run of the inning for Westview.
Belote went 2-for-4 with one RBI while Ross, Daniels and Tyler Smith each had a hit for Westview.
G’field 8, Bradford 2
The Yellowjackets improved their district record to 6-2 behind a nine-strikeout performance by Grooms, who started on the mound.
Grooms allowed no runs, only two base hits and one walk to go with his strikeout total in six innings.
Smithson allowed two runs on three walks in the final inning for Greenfield.
Tyler Griffin had two RBIs on a double and scored twice for the ’Jackets. Crouse drove in two runs on a pair of hits and Jordan Lasater had two RBIs on a 3-for-4 day at the plate.
Bradford 3, G’field 2
A two-run homer by Grooms was not enough in Monday’s tightly fought contest.
Robinson and Chris Reddic each hit a double for Greenfield, but the ’Jackets could not bring them around to score.
Reddic took the tough defeat with seven strong innings pitched. He gave up three runs on six hits. Reddic fanned 12 batters and only walked one.
Gleason 11, Dresden 7
The Bulldogs got some payback from the beating they took against the Lions on Monday by scoring four runs in the top of ninth to come away with a big District 13A win Tuesday.
Gleason led 4-2 going into the bottom of the fourth after scoring three in the top of the inning, but the Lions came back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 6-4 lead.
Gleason scored once in the top of the fifth and once in the sixth to tie the game at 6-6, but Dresden put one run on the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead.
Gleason tied it at 7-all in the top of the seventh to send it to extra innings.
Blake Taylor hit a home run for his only hit of the game for Gleason. Archie Rich went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs driven in and Keaton Collins went 4-for-5 with a RBI.
Taylor got the win in relief with four innings pitched. He did not allow a run, struck out seven, walked two and gave up two hits. Chase Ezell gave up seven runs on 11 hits, two walks and had six strikeouts.
Sawyer went 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs for the Lions. Houston went 2-for-4 with one run driven in and one walk. Ross Gallimore had three hits and one RBI.

Published in The WCP 4.4.13

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