Majors come back to shock Luverne, come up short against Enterprise
Published 7:38 pm Tuesday, June 30, 2009
While the Greenville Dixie Majors All-Stars were able to pull off a miracle on Friday night, Monday’s comeback attempt against Enterprise came up short.
Enterprise had steadily been building a lead throughout the game and led 7-0 in the sixth inning when Greenville woke up.
Greenville put five runs on the board, starting with a single to left field by Brantley McKeown to score Kevin Brogden.
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With the bases loaded and no outs, Shawn Dickey had a sacrifice fly to bring in Steven Lee.
As Enterprise again faced a bases-loaded situation with one out, a pitching change was in order.
Greenville took advantage of the new pitcher as McKeown and Chris Shows both scored on wild pitches to make the score 7-4.
Greenville’s final run of the inning came when Ethan Mauch scored from third base on a double-steal.
However, Enterprise responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning to stretch the lead to 10-5.
Greenville managed to score a run in the seventh inning when Brogden came in on an infield hit from McKeown, but Greenville ran out of time and lost 10-6.
“We had a baserunning error kill our momentum,” said head coach Brian Jones. “And that just comes from a lack of experience.”
In the first game of the tournament against Luverne, it looked like Greenville was headed for the losers’ bracket after being down 13-5 going into the final inning.
However, Greenville’s bats came alive at the right time and they won the game 15-13.
“We just came out on fire in the top of the seventh,” Jones said. “They kept fighting and putting it in play, and we took advantage of that on the bases.”
The names of the players that scored in that final inning reads like the batting order: Brogden, Lee, McKeown, Dickey, Matthew Burkett, Steven Croley, and Hunter Smith.
The huge win over Luverne and the loss to Enterprise set up a game against Opp.
“That game is going to be a fight, that’s for sure,” Jones said.
Greenville has faced Opp three times before and lost all three games.
However, Opp’s head coach will be sitting this game out because he was ejected from Opp’s matchup with Covington County.
“We’re going to try to take advantage of that,” Jones said.
Results of that game were unavailable at press time.