Greenville snaps seven-game skid

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 6, 2006

The Greenville baseball team did what it does best to snap its losing skid.

The Tigers dropped their seventh game in a row in the first half of a doubleheader with Pike County on Saturday and then finally broke the losing streak in a 17-14 shootout over the Bulldogs.

The 17 runs were the most Greenville had scored in a game this season, but the most impressive statistic of the game was the 20 bases the Tigers swiped to lead to the victory.

&#8220We needed that win to get us ready for area,” Greenville coach Bobby Hughes said.

The Tigers opened area play Tuesday when they played host to Carroll-Ozark. Results were not available by presstime.

Pike County jumped out to an 11-4 lead by the bottom of the third inning, but Greenville did not give up.

The Tigers tacked on fives runs in the fourth and fifth innings combined and then delivered the knockout blow in the sixth when they scored seven runs to take the lead for good.

&#8220I think what makes me the most proud of this team is that it didn't give up when they were down, especially in Game 2,” Hughes said. &#8220We played as hard as we could play.”

Junior shortstop Lynn Lewis accounted for almost half of Greenville's stolen bases with seven. Lewis, in fact, stole three bases after reaching on a single in the first inning.

After reaching on the two-out hit, he stole second, third and then home plate to score the Tigers' first run of the game.

&#8220I was watching their pitcher and then I said ‘You ready, Lynn?' He said yea, and he was gone,” Hughes said of Lewis' third stolen base in the inning.

Lewis finished the game with two of Greenville's season-high 16 hits and a RBI.

Marcus Robinson led the Tigers going 3-for-3 with a double, three stolen bases and three RBIs. Allen Little was 3-for-5 with a stolen base and three RBIs.

Josh Longmire, Ethan Mauch and Parker Winters finished with a couple hits each.

Winters and Longmire also accounted for three stolen bases each.

&#8220I have had teams where we stole double digits in bases, but never that many,” Hughes said.

Hughes used a committee of pitchers who limited Pike County to just five hits in the second game of the twinbill.

While Greenville's bats were red hot in Game 2, the Tigers struggled at the plate in the opening game of the doubleheader.

Pike County limited Greenville to just four hits in a 10-4 win.

Little took the loss on the mound after 4 1/3 innings pitched. He allowed just two hits and struck out eight.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Tigers knotted the game in the bottom of the fourth.

Pike County answered Greenville in the top half of the next inning scoring two runs to take the lead for good before tacking on five more insurance runs in the seventh for the win.

Longmire, Mauch, Robinson and Lewis had a hit each for the Tigers.