Minors cruise to face rival in semis

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The Greenville Minors All-Stars cruised to the semifinals late Friday by crushing Highland Home 16-2 in Brantley.

Greenville advanced to the semifinals to face Troy American late Tuesday. Results were not available by presstime.

Greenville jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first two innings and continued to pour it on as the game continued.

Highland Home managed a run in the second inning and another in the fourth, but not after Greenville scored 10 runs in the fourth inning.

All but one player on Greenville's team scored at least one run in the victory.

"I told them the competition will just get harder as they go along," Greenville coach Keith Taylor said. "I told them in order to get to district, they will have to go through Troy. And that's exactly who we played."

Greenville scattered 12 hits with Ryan Taylor, Andy Burns and David Miller leading with two hits each.

Taylor pitched two inning for Greenville and struck out four, while Miller and Burns pitched an inning each.

Brody Edge, Austin Stringer, Billy Nance and Kent Dickey each had a hit for Highland Home.

Troy and Greenville are natural baseball rivals, so Taylor said he has tried tone down the pressure of playing a rival in the sub-district semifinal.

"I'm just trying to keep them relaxed, and telling them to believe they can win," Taylor said.