Although it was a far cry from Monday's home run display between the two teams, Tuesday's South Putnam and Greencastle baseball game mirrored Monday's contest in many ways. The Tiger Cubs got out to a big lead only to see the Eagles hit their way back into it. In both contests, though, Greencastle prevailed in the end. They won Tuesday's game, 8-5.
The Tiger Cubs improved to 11-3 and 8-2 in the WCC. The Eagles fell to 4-10 and 2-7 in conference.
"It was in some ways similar to last night. We got a lead, but were unable to put them away," Greencastle coach Troy Greenlee said.
He cited two reasons for this inability. First, South Putnam hits the ball well, so they can come back. Secondly, the Tiger Cubs had two outs on the Eagles in the fifth inning and failed to catch a ball that would have been the third out. South went on to score four runs in the inning.
"Any time you give a team more than three outs, you're going to pay," said Greenlee.
Derrick Patterson pitched a complete game for the Tiger Cubs, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out three Eagle batters.
Eric Burgeson set the pace offensively for the Tiger Cubs, going 2-for-3 with a triple, three runs batted in and two runs scored. Kendall Faust and Blake Robinson each had two hits and two RBI.
South coach Harold Campbell was pleased with his team's effort.
"Tonight we played the way we want to play baseball," he said. "We didn't give the game away. Greencastle won it."
Campbell said he was happy with how Adam Nees battled on the mound. The coach said his senior had to deal with a very tight strike zone, but adjusted well and battled hard. Nees threw a complete game, allowing eight runs on eight hits and six walks. He struck out five.
The coach said after some defensive struggles, he may have found the right defensive lineup.
"The lineup we've had the last two games is starting to get confidence," Campbell said.
He was also pleased with the offense, saying his hitters are aggressive and put runs on the board. Noah Boswell led the team, going 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored.
"We didn't win, but the guys are excited. It's a big confidence booster the way we played," Campbell said.
The Tiger Cubs travel to Edgewood Thursday at 4:30 p.m. South plays Cloverdale on Saturday at the Putnam County Tournament.
|South Putnam||000 041 0 -- 5 7 0|
|Greencastle||202 301 X -- 8 8 0|
W -- Patterson
L -- Nees
2B -- Boswell (SP)
3B -- Burgeson (Gc)
Next game -- Greencastle plays at Edgewood at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. South Putnam plays Cloverdale in the Putnam County Tournament Saturday at Greencastle.
COUNTY BASEBALL ROUNDUP
Cougars claim WCC title
MONROVIA -- The North Putnam baseball team claimed the West Central Conference title Tuesday night with a 13-1 win over Monrovia in five innings. Coach Norm Fish was proud of how his team has worked to capture three straight conference titles.
"It's a credit to them and how hard they've worked these past few years," Fish said. "They've worked hard and they deserve it."
Jake Mullis pitched the whole game, striking out 14 Bulldogs. He allowed one run on two hits and three walks.
Jordan Berry led the way on offense, going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and five runs batted in. Griffen Dahlstrom was 3-for-4 with three steals. Kyle Alcorn was 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI.
The Cougars return to action at the County Tournament Saturday against host Greencastle.
North Putnam 13, Monrovia 1
W -- Mullis
L -- Speck
2B -- Alcorn 2 (NP)
HR -- Berry (NP)
Next game -- North Putnam will play Greencastle at the Putnam County Tournament Saturday.
CLOVERDALE -- The Cloverdale baseball team fell to 3-11 on the season with a 10-4 loss to Clay City.
Cody Nees had a solid start for the Clovers, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out seven Eels in his five innings of work and left with the game tied. However, Chad Cummings had a rough relief outing, allowing seven runs on seven hits and one walk to take the loss.
Offensively, Nees hit another home run, a two-run shot in the third inning. The Clovers' other run had come earlier in the inning when Brandon Mescall drove in Josh Flory with a double. Mescall and Robbie Randall led the Clovers in hits with two apiece.
The Clovers travel to Linton-Stockton at 5 p.m. tonight.
Clay City 100 203 4 -- 10 12 2
Cloverdale003 000 0 -- 3 6 1
W -- Shaw
L -- Flory
2B -- Dickey, Kennedy, Rhodes (CC), Mescall (Cl)
HR -- Kearney (CC), Nees (Cl)
Next game -- Cloverdale travels to Linton-Stockton tonight at 5 p.m.