Panthers slide by Greenwaves




RICH FAIRMAN

Sports Reporter


The Meade County Greenwave baseball team ended up in a pitcher’s duel against the Elizabethtown Panthers on their home turf May 17. Both teams put seniors on the mound for the game. For E-town, Jacob Moberly got the start, while Meade looked to their ace, Tucker Crawley, to bring the heat.

Both pitchers were on their game, finding their zone quickly, sitting batters down as fast as they could make their way to the plate. Neither team was able to put together any type of offense until the bottom of the fourth when senior Trevor Goodwin took the second pitch Moberly delivered deep over the centerfielder’s head for a triple. Meade caught a break on a passed ball that allowed Goodwin to score, giving Meade the lead.

In the very next inning, E-town would get a break of their own, as Meade committed an error that allowed a runner to get on base. Then after a pair of strikeouts, Crawley walked the next batter. Both base runners would score on a double to take a one run lead over Meade before they could get out of the inning.

Meade came right back in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game after senior Dalton Wiles got on with a single. Wiles would advance to third on a passed ball, and eventually tie the game on another passed ball, but that would be all Meade could do before E-Town got out of the inning.

Meade had another opportunity in the bottom of the sixth after hitting three singles, but E-town was able to get the double play and halt their advances and get out of the inning. E-town started the top of the seventh with a single, followed by a double to the left to put runners in scoring positions. Meade committed another fielding error that allowed E-town to get a runner across the plate and take a one run lead. Crawley would get the next two batters out, but E-Town was able to get two more runs across the plate after Meade committed their fifth error of the game to take a three-run lead before Meade could get out of the inning.

Meade again threatened in the bottom of the seventh to make things interesting. Senior Dalton Wiles led off the inning with a single, followed by Brady Knott reaching after being hit by a pitch to give Meade runners in scoring positions. Senior Dylan Abell would load the bases after drawing a walk, and Wiles would score after tagging up on a pop fly to right. That would be all Meade could do, stranding the tying run on base after a routine pop fly ended the game.


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