Meade catches a break late


Sports Reporter

The Meade County Greenwave baseball team came out swinging in their game against Male on May 11. Meade started things off in the bottom of the second inning looking strong at the plate. The offense plated three runs in the bottom of the second due to some quality bats from a few of the team’s leaders. Senior Brady Dawson got things started with a line drive to left field for a single, followed by senior Kizer Burnett reaching on an error. Senior Ben Banks’ single to right field brought in the team’s first run. Then a deep shot to centerfield from junior Gavyn Heiner plated two more runs before Male could get out of the inning.

With Meade jumping out to the three-run lead early, it gave starting pitcher Tucker Crawley some breathing room to do his job on the mound. Crawley cruised through the first three innings but got into trouble in the top of the fourth after walking the leadoff batter. Crawley gave up singles to the next three batters he faced, which allowed Male to tie the game. Crawley would get out of the inning, striking out the last two batters and leaving two runners stranded on base. Male would again score in the top of the fifth to take a one run lead after a double, single and sac fly to centerfield. Crawley went six innings, allowing four runs on ten hits and striking out eight before relief pitcher Kizer Burnett came in for relief and allowed zero hits and zero runs over one inning, walking one.

Meade would buckle down at the plate in the bottom of the seventh with senior Dylan Abell giving Meade hope with a leadoff double. Abell advanced to third and would tie the game on a single from senior Justin Hiner. Down to their last out, and Hiner stranded on second base, Burnett hit a routine fly ball to centerfield that should have sent the game into extra innings, but a misjudgement by the Male centerfielder caused him to misplay the ball, and force an error, bringing Hiner home and sealing the win for Meade.

“I thought the boys did a great job tonight of staying in the game, and not letting it get to them when they were down. We have got to do a better job at the plate though. We had way too many strikeouts than we should have,” Amburgy said after the game. “I have been telling them as long as we put the ball in play, good things happen. Prime example is what just happened. If we can just keep putting the ball in play, we won’t get put into these positions at all.”

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