GHS baseball loses after ten innings

Published 4:23 pm Friday, March 26, 2010

Greenville baseball fell short in a 10-inning rollercoaster against Monroe yesterday.

Despite many opportunities, the Tigers were unable to nudge ahead and lost 4-3.

Coach Brad Horn said his team jumped ahead early, only to have Monroe answer.

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“We scored 2 runs early, but then they answered with a 2-run home run,” Horn said.

The rest of the game went back and forth, Horn said. Monroe scored a run in the sixth to grab the lead only to have GHS tie it in the seventh.

Horn said the game was a pitching duel.

“Raymond Moody pitched the whole 10 innings,” Horn said. “He struck out 14 batters and gave up one earned run. He really wanted the win.”

The opposing pitcher was ready for the challenge. He pitched 10 innings of his own, managing to strike out 16 batters.

The Tiger offense was just not producing, Horn said. A few players, such as Stewart Moody and Nick Davis, hit the ball only to get robbed by diving plays.

“A hair either way could have won us the ballgame,” Horn said.

The Tigers got another chance to score in the tenth inning. Again, GHS failed to capitalize, leaving the bases loaded as their final two batters struck out.

GHS will travel to Monroeville for two more games today. The results of the doubleheader will decide who wins the region. If the Tigers win both, the region is theirs. Losing one, however, will mean Monroe will claim the region title.

Horn said he is looking forward to seeing who Monroe will put on the mound.

“Our ace is gone and their ace is gone,” Horn said.

Josh Ray will be taking the mound for the Tigers during the first game, which is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m.