Dixie Boys crush Highland Home

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 29, 2005

LUVERNE — The Greenville 14-year-olds plated 23 runs and nearly equaled that total in hits, beating Highland Home 23-2 in Dixie Boys sub-district tournament action at Persons Park on Tuesday night.

Pitchers Jeffery Stead and Paul Whigham combined on the mound for Greenville, handcuffing Highland Home's batting order as Greenville built a 10-1 lead in the second inning and cruised into Wednesday night's match-up with unbeaten Elba, winners over Luverne in the Tuesday late contest.

"It was a good outing for us hitting the ball," said Greenville coach Steven Lee. "We didn't make errors and we played solid defense the whole night."

Highland Home took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, with two hits off Stead but he recorded the final out at the plate and proceeded to strike out all three batters in the second. Stead gave way to Whigham in the third.

Greenville received production from the top of the lineup to the bottom.

Demarcus Robinson, Brantley McKeown, and Steven Lee each had three hits apiece and combined for 11 RBIs. Stead added a double and an inside-the-park homerun. Deven Cheatham had two doubles. Allen Thompson added two singles. Aaron Callen, Adam Braden, Whigham and Caleb Glass each had hits.

Greenville scored 12 runs in the third inning.

Greenville fell into the loser's bracket on Friday after an 11-7 setback to Elba.

Greenville managed just seven hits against Elba with Lee and Robinson accounting for four of the seven hits.

After being knocked down to the loser's bracket, Greenville stayed alive on Saturday by elminating Ozark, 12-8.

Greenville advanced to another elimination game late Tuesday night in a rematch with Elba.

Results were not available by presstime on Tuesday.

— Advocate sports editor Kevin Taylor contributed to this report.