On April 22, the Meade County Greenwave Baseball team played their first district game of the season against the Hancock County Hornets. Meade, who has not won a home game yet, brought their A game to the plate, as well as, to the mound. Senior Tucker Crawley started for the Greenwaves, and from the very first pitch was hitting his marks. Crawley, along with his defense behind him, sat down the first nine batters he faced and didn’t allow a Hancock batter to reach base until the top of the fourth on a single to third. That would be the only hit that Hancock could get off Crawley as he pitched a complete game.
“Tonight Tucker came out ready to go. He was locked in, and you could just tell that by him going out there and filling up the zone, getting those strikeouts and keeping runners off the bases.” Head Coach Justin Amburgy said of Crawley’s pitching, “When you can keep them off the base you know you’re doing your job and it gives you a really good chance to win, and he did that tonight.”
Not only was Meade’s pitching on point against Hancock, but their offense came to life in the very first inning. Meade’s first three batters, all seniors, Dylan Abell, Kizer Burnett and Trever Goodwin, reached base on singles. Meade took the lead early on a sac fly to deep center by senior Justin Hiner, and on a sac bunt from senior Charles Asher.
“The boys have been seeing the ball really well lately, and Brady Dawson has been working really hard, taking extra time to work on some things, and it’s paying off for him as it showed tonight.” Amburgy said of his offense, “As a whole, we are swinging the bats really well, so hopefully we can continue to do that the rest of the way, and we’ll be good.”
Meade’s offense continued to be aggressive at the plate, getting runners on base, then moving them around with quality at bats. Meade scored another run in the second on a triple from Abell, and in the third on a single from senior Ben Banks, to take a 4-0 lead. They scored three more runs in the bottom of the fifth on a stand up double from senior Brady Dawson. Meade finished the game scoring one more run in the bottom of the sixth. Crawley came out in the top of the seventh focused, finishing the game by striking out the last three batters he faced, to bring home the win.
“I felt good coming into the game. My arm felt good and I was able to throw hard, which made it difficult for them to hit,” Crawley said of his day on the mound. “The guys behind me played really well tonight. When they were able to get a hit, my defense was there to get the outs.”