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Greenville fends off Luverne for win

Greenville have managed to outpace and, in several cases, severely outscore most local opponents this season.

Monday’s game against Luverne looked to be headed in the same direction, with the Tigers using speed and solid batting to constantly threaten to steal bases.

The Tigers put up three runs in a burst of early momentum in the bottom of the first, led by Chris Bedgood with the initial RBI.

Jamil Thompson pitched for the first 5 innings for the Tigers, and left the game with 7 strikeouts, 5 hits and one run.

From there, the game remained relatively static for several innings, as both teams put up stubborn defensive stands.

Luverne managed a run in the third, while Greenville put up an additional run in the 5th, leaving the game at 4 to 1 in the top of the 6th.

Beginning in the 6th inning, Thompson left the game and was relieved by Chris Bedgood.

Luverne were scoreless in the top of the 6th, and Greenville returned to bat for their most productive inning of the game.

Kobe Bowen, Tamar Powell, and Thompson all managed to send runners home.

At the end of the 6th, Greenville looked to be well in control of the game with a comfortable 8-1 lead.

Luverne’s Tigers, however, were not quite finished.

In the top of the 7th, Luverne managed their most solid production of the game, driving in 4 total runs and threatening a comeback from a 7-point deficit.

Greenville’s Blake Anthony relived Bedgood in the final moments to close out the game, final score 8 to 5.

Jamil Thompson was undoubtedly the standout player of the game, holding Luverne to 1 run in his 5 innings on the mound and leading his team in hits, with 3 singles, and in RBIs and runs with 2 of each.

Bedgood, Anthony, Bowen, and Austin Williams all had multiple hits throughout the game.

Greenville will play at Chilton County High School on Tuesday, although the score is unavailable as of press time.