Tigers win first area game of the season

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 4, 2007

The Greenville Tiger varsity baseball team improved to 11-10 over the weekend and also picked up the first area win of the season.

The Tigers split a double-header with Opp and Luverne Saturday while also splitting area games with Demopolis and Dallas County.

During the second game of Saturday's double-header, the Tigers fell behind Luverne 4-0 in the first inning but staged a comeback in the second inning to cut the lead to 4-3.

Luverne added another run in the fifth inning, but Greenville would not be stopped, scoring three runs to take the 6-5 win.

Offensively for Greenville, Lynn Lewis, Zac Smith and Hunter Harrell each had a hit to lead the Tigers.

Harrell had a team-high three RBI's and an inside-the-park homerun while Lewis and Ethan Mauch each had one RBI.

For Luverne, Jacob Sexton was the leading hitter with a 3-for-3 performance, followed by Romethious Harris and Caleb Sanders with a pair of hits.

On the mound, Mauch earned the win for Greenville while Sexton picked up the loss. Lewis, who has been hampered by a stomach ulcer the past week, picked up the save for Greenville, the first of the season for the Tigers.

&#8220Lynn has showed a lot of guts this past week,” Greenville head coach Brad Horn said.

The Tigers will return to action Friday as they play host to area foe Wilcox. Friday's double-header begins at 4:30 p.m.

&#8220Our guys know these are must-win games for us to reach our goal of the playoffs,” Horn said.

Opp 10, Greenville 2 (Game 1)

Although Greenville took an early 1-0 lead in the first game of Saturday's double-header, the Opp Bobcats would not be denied as they cruised to victory, 10-2.

At the plate for the Tigers, Josh Longmire was the leading hitter with a 2-for-2 performance, including a homerun, an RBI and two runs scored.

&#8220Josh Longmire has done a good job for us lately, even winning back his lead-off position,” Horn said.

Demarcus Robinson also had a pair of hits for the Tigers.

For Opp, Riley Dunn scored three runs while Cody Hall and Levi Taylor each scored two.

Rhah Barnes earned the win for Opp while Stephen Croley picked up the loss for Greenville.

Greenville 13, Dallas County 7

With the game tied at 5-5 in extra innings Friday, the Greenville Tigers batted around and scored eight runs to take the first area win of the season over the Dallas County Hornets, 13-7.

&#8220That's something we have not done all year long: take control of a close ballgame,” Horn said. &#8220We played small ball, meaning we bunted some, moved some people around and just generated runs.”

Zac Smith was the leading hitter for Greenville with three hits, including a double and a homerun. Smith also had a team-high five RBI's and scored one run.

Casey Weston was 2-for-5, including a double and a homerun, while also knocking in three runs and scoring three runs.

Demarcus Robinson also had two hits for Greenville while Josh Longmire, Lynn Lewis and Marcus Mickles each had one.

For Dallas County, Hollis was the leading hitter with a seventh-inning homerun, followed by Paxton with a pair of hits and Cooper with a double.

Although Parker Winters earned the start, Weston picked up the win for Greenville. Winters faced just 18 batters in 4 1/3 innings work.

&#8220Parker really stepped up for us pitching,” Horn said. &#8220He shut Dallas County down.”

Demopolis 12, Greenville 4

Demopolis scored four runs in the first inning and three runs in the second inning March 27 to take the easy victory over the Greenville Tigers, 12-4.

Offensively for Greenville, Casey Weston and Demarcus Robinson were the leading hitters each with a pair of hits, followed by Zac Smith, who was 1-for-2 with two RBI's and a run scored.

For Demopolis, David Kent and Palmer O'Neal each scored three runs to lead the Tigers.

On the mound, Kent earned the win for Demopolis while Lynn Lewis picked up the loss for Greenville.