Greene County tops Linden, 8-1

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 16, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &8212; Linden Stockyard fell, 8-1, to Greene County Steam Plant in yesterday&8217;s Babe Ruth League match up at the Demopolis SportsPlex.

Combined, the two groups only scored in three innings of the seven innings of play, as good at bats came hard and were streaky. The big difference between the groups in the game was pitching. Between pitchers, starter Michael Martin and closer Chris Sammons, Greene County only allowed four hits during the game, the same number of which Linden allowed in the first inning.

Linden went to bat first but only saw two batters get on base off a walk and a hit-by-a-pitch.

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Greene County on the other hand came out in full force during their first at bat and was only shut out of the inning eventually off a slip up play by a runner. First in the lineup, Trevor Johnson got on first off a walk and found his way home the next batter off a double and RBI from Sammons.

Martin followed with a single that put Sammons on third and a single from Mathew Martin loaded the bases. Russ Seale kept the hits coming with a single as well, which caused a force out situation at home.

A mishandled throw for the double play attempt got Seale safely to first and on to second, scoring Michael Martin and leaving Mathew Martin on third. A ground out by Chase Cameron brought in Mathew Martin and brought Seale to third. The next batter, Ben McCarter was walked and Seale half-heartedly tried for home where he was tagged out, ending the first inning 3-0.

Linden came back and got two players within striking distance of home before outs left the runners stranded. Greene County followed with an uneventful inning highlighted by a walk, which Linden echoed in the top of the third.

After a strikeout, Greene County loaded the bases with a single by Michael Martin and two walks. A single from Cameron knocked in Michael and Mathew Martin and left Seale on third. A single from McCarter brought in Seale and end scoring for the inning with the score 6-0.

Linden Stockyard recorded their only point in the top of the fourth after two quick outs. The Greene County pitcher walked Mark Thorn and hit another before a single from Tyler Howerton brought in Thorn and wrapped up Linden scoring, 6-1.

Greene County too ended its scoring for the game in the bottom of the inning. Johnson was walked after an early strikeout and advanced to third off a hard bunt to the pitcher that caught Sammons out at first. The final pitch to walk Michael Martin during the next at bat proved too much to be reeled in and Thorn headed across the plate. Mathew Martin followed with a double that was enough to bring in Michael Martin.

The score leaving the fourth inning was 8-1, which it would remain during the final three innings.