Greenwaves Fall in Region Semi-Finals


RICH FAIRMAN

Sports Reporter


The Greenwave baseball team advanced to the Region 3 baseball tournament semifinals, after shutting out Trinity (Whitesville) 5-0 the night before with senior Trevor Goodwin on the mound. Goodwin only allowed four hits, while striking out seven and pitching a complete game. Meade faced off against the Ohio County Eagles on June 6 in the hopes of making it to the Championship game. Head Coach Justin Amburgy elected to go with senior Justin Hiner on the mound for the game.

Meade’s offense started out hot with senior Dylan Abell leading the way with a leadoff double off the left center wall. Abell would put Meade out front early after senior Trevor Goodwin singled to center. Following Goodwin’s lead, Hiner drew a walk, and senior Brady Dawson loaded the bases, beating out a throw to first on a bunt. Meade would be unable to get any of the runner’s home before Ohio Co got the third out to close out the inning.

In the bottom of the second, Ohio County’s leadoff batter connected on a pitch from Hiner that bounced off the left field wall for a stand-up double. Two pitches later, Ohio County tied the game on a passed ball. Ohio County’s offense again came back in the bottom of the third to take a one run lead off a single, then a triple. After the triple, Hiner zeroed in on the strike zone to strike out the next two batters he faced and get out of the inning.

Meade was still struggling with their offense at the plate, and when they did get runners on base, they could not generate any scoring opportunities.

Ohio County put runners again in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth after a single to right, and a Meade fielding error. Ohio’s next batter doubled to center bringing in one run, but Meade was able to catch the Ohio runner trying to get to third for the third out.

In the top of the sixth, Meade’s best chance of closing the gap came after senior Dalton Wiles reached on an error, then junior Brady Knott drew a walk to get runners in scoring position. Ohio would get their second out on a fielder’s choice, but Meade would load the bases when Abell stood strong in the box to draw a walk. Unfortunately for Meade, the next batter would hit it straight to the Ohio shortstop for the easy third out. That was Meade’s last hope of catching Ohio, as both pitchers struck out the side in the seventh inning, ending Meade’s season.


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