A little hustle goes a long way

Published 4:32 pm Friday, April 2, 2010

After a tough loss to Brantley, Greenville High coach Brad Horn set out to change his player’s mindsets.

“We didn’t have a good performance at all,” Horn said. “We didn’t play with intensity.”

GHS lost to Brantley 14-4. Horn said Wednesday’s practice had a much different tempo.

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“We set out trying to hustle at everything we did,” Horn said. “We worked on things like running on and off the field and hustling around the bases, just showing that you are there to play.”

The extra effort paid off in Thursday’s game versus Opp.

The Tigers prevailed 7-3, and from the very beginning, Horn said he could see a difference in his players.

Ryan Smith led off with a double for GHS. Nathan Branum and Hunter Harrell kept Smith moving around the bases, managing to score two runs early in the first.

“It was really important to get that run in and take control of the game early,” Horn said.

Raymond Moody was awarded the win on the mound. Moody pitched seven innings and gave up two hits and two earned runs.

“That’s two games in a row he has really blown it past guys,” Horn said.

Moody had 10 strikeouts for the night.

Stewart Moody batted 2-for-3. Hunter Harrell went 1-for-2, picking up two RBIs while teammate Josh Ray also went 1-for-2, with only one RBI to his credit.

“We are trying to teach these guys to play hard and have fun,” Horn said.

Horn hopes his team’s effort will lead them to success in this year’s playoffs.