Greenville comes from behind to beat Georgiana

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Greenville High School varsity baseball team scored five runs in the final inning Thursday afternoon to take the 6-4 come-from-behind win over the rival Georgiana Panthers in baseball's version of the &#8220Battle of Butler County.”

Down 4-0 in the sixth inning, Greenville's Casey Weston blasted a solo homerun to pull the game to within three.

In the final inning, Stephen Croley nailed a two-run homerun to pull the Tigers to within one and then a few walks later, the Tigers had the lead and held on for the win.

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&#8220We just did what we're supposed to do,” Weston said. &#8220We just came off a hard-fought game at Andalusia that we should have won, so this feels good.”

Greenville head coach Brad Horn agreed.

&#8220I'm just proud of these kids,” Horn said. &#8220We've battle back in a lot of games, but just come up short.”

With Georgiana head coach Donald Ray Mixon on administrative leave, Panther assistant coach Patrick Nelson filled in as interim coach Thursday and he will fulfill those duties for the rest of the season or until Mixon is reinstated.

Nelson said he was proud of how his team fought Thursday afternoon.

&#8220They realize how far they've come since that first game at Greenville,” Nelson said.

The Panthers dropped the first game of the season to Greenville, 15-1.

Offensively for Greenville, Weston was 1-for-2 with a homerun, Croley was 1-for-3 with a homerun and two RBI and Ethan Mauch was 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Antonio Smith, Hunter Harrell and Marcus Mickles also each scored a run in the win.

For the Panthers, Terrence Whittle was 2-for-3 with a run scored, Reco Johnson was 1-for-3 with a homerun and three RBIs, Kyle Nelson was 1-for-3 with a runs scored, Donald Scott was 1-for-3 and Kevin Ellis was 1-for-3.

On the mound, Ethan Mauch earned the win for Greenville while Weston picked up the save.

&#8220I think you've got to give a lot to Ethan Mauch for the way he came in and pitched today,” Horn said.

Chris Shows got the start for the Panthers but earned a no decision. Terrence Whittle picked up the loss for Georgiana.

”Chris Shows pitched a gem today, something special,” Nelson said.

The Tigers return to action this weekend as they travel to Luverne to play in a tournament at Luverne High School. The Panthers will host McKenzie Monday at 5 p.m.

In previous Greenville games;

Andalusia 7, Greenville 6

The Andalusia Bulldogs scored two runs in the final inning Tuesday to take the win over the Greenville Tigers, 7-6.

Although the Tigers scored three runs in the top half of the seventh, it wasn't enough to hold off the late charge by the Bulldogs.

For Greenville, Josh Longmire was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, Lynn Lewis was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs, Casey Weston was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Ryan Smith was 1-for-3 with a run scored and Cordez Peagler was 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

&#8220Cordez, as a freshman, has

really turned it up for us,” Horn said.

Weston picked up the loss for Greenville.

Greenville 15, Wilcox-Central 0 (Game 1)

The Greenville Tigers picked up four runs in the first inning April 6 and never looked back as they cruised to victory over the Wilcox-Central Jaguars, 15-0.

For the Tigers, Casey Weston was 3-for-4, Josh Longmire was 2-for-3 with a triple, Lynn Lewis was 2-for-2 with a pair of homeruns and four RBIs, Ethan Mauch was 2-for-4 with a homerun and four RBIs and Cordez Peagler was 2-for-3 with a homerun and a double.

Mauch improved to 4-0 with the win and struck out seven batters.

Greenville 15, Wilcox-Central 0 (Game 2)

Zac Smith and Lynn Lewis had three hits apiece to help pace Greenville to victory over Wilcox-Central in the second game of the double-header April 6, 15-0.

Smith finished with four RBIs and a homerun while Lewis finished with three RBIs and a triple.

William Womack was 2-for-2 with a double and three runs scored while Demarcus Robinson, Ethan Mauch, Parker Winters and Stephen Croley each had a hit.

Winters picked up the win for Greenville while striking out eight.

In previous Georgiana games:

Georgiana 11, J.F. Shields 1 (Game 1)

Kevin Brogden, Donald Scott and Reco Johnson had two hits apiece Monday to help lift the Georgiana Panthers to victory over J.F. Shields in game one of a double-header, 11-1.

Kyle Nelson, Adonis Peterson, Terrence Whittle and Chan Lowe each had a hit for Georgiana. Lowe also scored two runs in the win.

Georgiana 11, J.F. Shields 1 (Game 2)

Chris Shows and Kevin Brogden had two hits apiece in the second game of the double-header against J.F. Shields Monday to help pace Georgiana past J.F. Shields, 11-1.

Shows was 2-for-2 with two runs scored, Brogden was 2-for-3 with a run scored while Adonis Peterson, Terrence Whittle, Donald Scott and Jerrod Lee were all 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Ronald Scott scored two runs in the win while Kyle Nelson and Reco Johnson each scored one.