Greenville Tigers down Flying Squadron

Published 5:39 pm Friday, March 27, 2009

The Greenville Tigers improved their record to 10-5 on the season Tuesday night with a 6-2 win over the Highland Home Flying Squadron.

Josh Ray drove in Stuart Moody in the second inning for Greenville’s first run, and the Tigers added several more in the third.

Hunter Harrell got an RBI single to score Ryan Smith, and Raymond Moody followed with a walk.

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Stuart Moody came through with a two-RBI triple and later scored on an error to put Greenville ahead 5-0.

Nathan Branum drove in Smith in the fourth inning for the Tigers’ final run of the game.

Rush Nimmer had a strong game on the mound, pitching all seven innings and striking out nine batters.

Despite the fact that the Tigers won the game, head coach Brad Horn had a number of things to improve on.

“We’ve got to hit better,” he said. “Their pitcher wasn’t throwing too hard, and we were either trying to kill it or couldn’t wait on it.”

“Rush pitched well,” Horn said. “He has to hit his spots, and when he does that he’s a good pitcher. He’s had a lot of improvement from the beginning of the year.”

The win against HHHS came after the Tigers went 3-1 in a weekend tournament at Luverne.

Greenville defeated Luverne 20-13, Houston County 11-1, Sweet Water 12-8 and lost to Luverne in the championship 11-5.

“We hit the ball well in the first game against Luverne,” Horn said. “Josh Ray pitched for us against Sweet Water, and that’s been his best game of the year. When the championship came around, we had trouble hitting Luverne’s left-hander, but overall we played well all weekend.”

Horn said the Tigers are glad to have Nathan Branum back in the lineup after a scary incident in the first game of the tournament.

“He got hit in the mouth Friday and had surgery later that day, and he was back on Monday,” Horn said. “He’s a real tough kid, and he’s still been getting on base for us. He has the heart to be out there, and I respect that a lot.”

Greenville was scheduled for a rematch against Highland Home on Friday, but results were unavailable at press time.