BY SUN STAFF
The Greeneville baseball team took part in a rare split doubleheader Thursday evening as they took on West Greene, followed by a game against North Greene at Dale Alexander Field.
The visiting Buffaloes used strong defense and pitching to capture a 5-3 victory in the opener, while Greeneville bounced back with an 8-5 victory in the nightcap.
WEST GREENE BEATS GREENEVILLE
“I think at this point I’m speechless," West Greene head coach Mark Bowles said after his team's victory over the Devils Thursday. "I told the boys over the last 15 years, I’ve only been speechless a handful of times. It was special. We always talk about putting ourselves in position to win a today we did that.”
In both the fifth and sixth innings the Buffs allowed Greeneville to load the bases, and in each of those innings the Greene Devils left three runners on base.
“That was absolutely huge," Bowles said. "We worked out of several jams today. They have the bases loaded and we get out of it and I think it largely boils down to the mentality Tyler Crigger has."
Crigger picked up the win for the Buffaloes. He went the distance on the mound and gave up only three hits.
“Tyler Crigger threw a whale of a game," Bowles said. "Defensively, I think we did a great job. I’m ecstatic right now and very proud of the boys.”
Greeneville’s Trey Holditch was up and down in taking the loss on the mound. He threw 10 strikeouts but walked three and hit one batter while allowing seven hits. Greeneville’s defense also committed four errors.
In the first inning, Holditch recorded three strike outs but he walked in James Marshall after West Greene loaded the bases on a single, walk and a hit batter.
Drew Patterson drew a walk in the second inning and then stole second and third for the Greene Devils.
Marshall scored him on a infield sacrifice to tie the game at one run apiece.
In the third inning Derrick Livingston made the Greene Devils pay for a fielding error after he reached base on a poor throw to first base.
Livingston was moved to third on a double by Crigger and scored on a passed ball for a 2-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the inning Greeneville once again evened the margin when Jake Treadway hit a double to score Renner.
The Buffs’ Austin Greenlee started the fourth inning with a triple hit hard into right field and was scored by Tyler Earley on a ground ball.
Earley was scored by Livingston, who roped a ball up the middle that was too hot for any of the Greene Devils to handle. The run put West Greene up 4-2
Livingston hit a double in the sixth inning, and in doing so knocked in Tyler Earley.
Renner was hit by a pitch in the sixth inning and that scored Lane to make the final score.
The bases remained loaded but Greeneville was unable to capitalize further.
“We’ve talked about beating the teams you should beat and being competitive with the better teams and to I think we saw that," Bowles said. "Greeneville has a great baseball team.”
GREENEVILLE REBOUNDS AGAINST NGHS
Greeneville came from behind to beat North Greene 8-5 in the second half of split double-header.
“North Greene has a great team and for us to come out after the first game and get the win, you can’t help but to be proud," Greeneville head coach Jeremy Shepherd said.
It was only North Greene's second loss of the season.
Matt Barham’s relief appearance was big for the Greene Devils as he was able to keep North Greene off the board for the final two innings to earn the save and the win.
“I just wanted to win," Barham said. "We had that loss to West Greene and while I’m out there on the mound all I’m thinking about is getting that win."
The situation became interesting for Barham in the seventh when he loaded the bases with no outs and the tying run standing on first base. Barham proceeded to strike out the next three batters using just 12 pitches to end the game.
Barham finished with four strikeouts in two innings, allowing two hits and one walk.
Barham also put the Greene Devils' first run on the board. He took the first pitch of the third inning and sent it high over the right field foul pole for a solo home run. Tyler King and Mike Lane followed with a pair of runs on passed balls. Lincoln Bowman singled into the right center gap and scored Hunter Henrickson for a 4-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, North Greene’s Brett Bolton reached base on a walk and moved to third on a double by Zak Potter. Austin Holland scored Bolton on a sacrifice fly to right field.
In the fifth inning North Greene took the lead when Potter slammed a three-run homer to left field for a 5-4 advantage. Tyler Bailey lined a double into center field that scored Zane Britton earlier in the inning.
Greeneville answered with a big inning of its own in the bottom half of the fifth. Henrickson was walked in when Tyler Renner was given a free base with the bases already stocked. Bowman crossed the dish on a passed ball. D.J. Ball Was knocked in by a Barham double but Renner was thrown out the plate trying to make it a two-run knock. Later, King traded places with Barham, scoring him on a double deep into right field to make it 8-5.
Ball started the game on the mound for Greeneville. He threw four innings with three walks, one strikeout, and allowed five hits and four runs. Matt Anderson threw one inning in relief and allowed one run.