sun sports writer
GREENEVILLE – For the second consecutive day, Greeneville paired a solid pitching effort with a strong offensive performance.
Junior hurler Zach Finchum allowed just one hit and struck out eight, and the Devils connected for 10 hits as they rolled to another 10-0 win over Chuckey-Doak Wednesday at Dale Alexander Field.
Greeneville defeated the Black Knights by the same margin on Tuesday, as well.
“It was a great game,” Greeneville coach Jeremy Shepherd said. “We came ready to go and the boys came out focused on what they needed to do and they took care of business.”
Finchum threw all five innings. He had a perfect game going until Seth Riddle broke it up with a shot down the right field line with one out in the fourth.
Finchum regrouped and finished the game strong. He needed only 49 pitches to make it through the game, which was ended prematurely due to the 10-run rule.
Defensively, the Greene Devils were perfect, committing no fielding errors.
“You can’t ask for more out of Zach,” Shepherd said. “Our defense, they came out did what they were supposed to. He threw strikes and the defense kept making plays behind him.”
Greeneville’s offense was equally consistent as they earned 10 hits and 15 runners safely reached base.
Finchum also sparked the offense with a leadoff single just to the right of second base to start the first inning. He stole both second and third before a deep sacrifice fly by Mike Lane scored him. Tyler King followed with a line drive to left field and was scored by Jake Treadway on a double to right field to give Greeneville a 2-0 lead after one inning.
In the second, Tyler Renner and Finchum went back-to-back with hard hit ground balls up the middle that they were each able to beat out for. Both were scored on a double to left field by Lane. Lane had three RBIs in the contest.
Matt Barham scored from third on a passed ball and Lane was knocked in a by Tyler King who reached on an error. The Greene Devils were able to score all four runs in the second with two outs to take a 6-0 advantage.
D.J. Ball started the third inning with a walk and then took second and third on a foiled pickoff attempt. Ball was later scored by Lincoln Bowman. Renner scored Bowman from first on a deep fly ball to straight away center that burned Brandon Crum. Renner earned a double and reached third on the throw home. He scored on a single up the middle by Barham. Renner was 2-3 hitting out of the nine spot for Greene Devils.
In the fourth innin,g a short fly ball Bowman scored Treadway from second to complete the scoring.
Daniel Beddingfield took the loss for Chuckey-Doak throwing all four innings. He gave up 10 hits, had three strikeouts, and two walks. Four of the runs he allowed were unearned.