Unbeaten Greenville in sub-district finals

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 6, 2005

The Greenville Dixie Majors are one win away from a sub-district title.

Greenville has gone through the tournament unscathed by averaging more than eight runs a game. Greenville's pitching has less than hospitable allowing just two runs in the three games combined.

Greenville advanced to the finals Tuesday night to face Opp, which it beat 5-0 in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Results of the game were not available by presstime. Opp would need two wins over Greenville in order to win the sub-district. Meanwhile, Greenville needs just one.

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Greenville advanced to the finals on Monday by pounding Highland Home 8-1.

Highland Home jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a RBI single by Allen Tucker to score Josh Wasden.

Then the wheels fell off for Highland Home.

Greenville scored three runs in the third, added four runs in the fifth and another run in the sixth to close out the win.

Greenville scored all three runs in the third inning with two out on a bases-clearing double by David Moore to score Brad Heartsill, Adam Moore and Brady Newton.

Greenville then tacked on four more runs in the fifth and another in the sixth for the easy win.

Heartsill led Greenville at the plate with two hits, while Chuck Barrett, David Moore and Adam Moore had a hit each.

Although Greenville managed just five hits, Highland Home shot itself in the foot with two costly errors.

Chuck Barrett was the winning pitcher allowing just three hits and one run, while striking out seven.

Opp 5, Luverne 1

Brock Kelley had two hits and two RBI to lead Opp past Luverne in a loser's bracket final.

Opp jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back to eliminate Luverne.

Opp added a run in the second and third innings and a final run in the seventh.

Luverne managed its only run off its only hit of the night on a RBI double by Ryan Brown to score Jesse Dixon.

Saturday's games

Greenville 5, Opp 0

Greenville pitcher Brandon Burnette threw a one-hit shutout to put Greenville in the semifinals.

Burnette struck out nine Opp batters and the only hit he allowed came in the sixth inning on a Hunter Langford single.

Greenville managed just three hits in the game with David Moore leading the charge with two hits. Moore gave Greenville a big lift in the opening inning when he crushed a solo home run with two out. He later reached on a double in the fifth inning.

Dusty Coker had the other hit for Greenville.

Highland Home 15, Georgiana 5

Highland Home scored at least one run in every inning but the third to cruise past Georgiana.

Highland Home jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning and never looked back. Georgiana allowed just seven hits, but it was riddled with 10 errors on the day.

Arico Harris led Highland Home at the plate going 3-for-4 with all three hits being doubles.

Andy Betterton had Georgiana's only hit on the day with a double in the first inning.

Georgiana scored all of its runs in the second.

Highland Home 5, Daleville 2

Daleville jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, things started to roll down hill after that.

Highland Home answered the run in the first inning and then tacked on two more in the second and two more in the fifth to eliminate Daleville.

Josh Wasden led Highland home with two hits and two runs scored, while Arico Harris put the final nail in Daleville's coffin with a two-run home run in the fifth inning.

Daleville finished with six hits on the day with Jonathan Zelenski and Lee Gilmore scoring a run each.

Opp 9, Luverne 5

Opp jumped out to a 6-0 lead by sending 11 batters to the plate and cruised the rest of the way to edge Luvene.

Holt Parker led Opp with two hits, including a double and a two-run home run in the sixth to seal the victory.

Luverne also managed three hits, but Opp did keep its errors to a minimum.

Josh Sexton scored a run in the first inning for Luverne, and then the Crenshaw County team tacked on three runs in the fourth another in the seventh.

Friday's games

Opp 11, Daleville 6

Opp had just three hits on the afternoon and made each one count.

Opp jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning when Brock Kelley crushed a three-run shot to score Lee Martinez and Rhett Barnes.

Opp later added two more runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth to close out the opening-round victory.

Daleville was limited to just two hits with back-to-back doubles coming in the fifth inning. Sean Sparks and Justin Walter had the two hits during the four-run frame.

Luverne 8, Highland Home 5

Leading 4-2 in the seventh inning, Luverne added four more insurance runs in the inning to close out the first-round win over Highland Home.

Luverne finished with just three hits, but was helped out by four costly Highland Home errors.

Arico Harris had the hot bat for Highland Home with two hits, including a solo home run in the seventh inning.

Greenville 12, Georgiana 1

Brady Newton threw a no-hitter for Greenville to advance past Georgiana to the second round.

Newton allowed one walk, hit one batter and struck out eight.

Greenville opened the game by scoring six runs in the first inning and cruising the rest of the way.

Georgiana committed four errors in that inning alone to allow the six runs.