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Published 3:08 pm Wednesday, March 4, 2009

After having the weekend off, the Greenville Tigers came out sluggishly in a 6-3 loss to the Brantley Bulldogs on Monday.

“Missing a couple of days of not playing hurt us,” said head coach Brad Horn. “Friday’s game was cancelled because of the weather, and we couldn’t practice over the weekend because of the storms and snow.”

“We need to keep working on our hitting,” he added.

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Greenville’s first run of the game came in the third inning when Hunter Harrell had an RBI to left field to score Josh Ray, however, the Tigers were down 3-1 when the fifth inning rolled around.

Raymond Moody pitched well for the Tigers in the first four innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits and striking out eight Bulldogs.

Rush Nimmer came in to relieve Moody in the fifth, but Brantley’s Anthony Gulley scored on a wild pitch after stealing second and third.

Before the inning was over, Brantley added another run on a wild pitch to claim a 5-1 lead.

The Tigers showed some signs of life in the fifth inning, putting two runs on the board.

Harrell had a two-out RBI single to drive in Nathan Branum, and Stuart Moody followed with an RBI double to bring in courtesy runner Tijuan Rudolph and cut the lead to 5-3.

Brantley added an insurance run in the top of the sixth.

“Our pitchers have to learn how to throw strikes,” Horn said. “There were a couple of times that we’d get two outs and then walk someone. We’ve got to end those innings.”

Ryan Smith finished the game 2-4, with Harrell and Moody both adding RBIs.

Ray and Branum both went 1-3 for the day.