Devils Outlast Tigers 16-11

April 06, 2006

The Devils brought their bats to Greene County Monday but left their gloves and brains at home. Nineteen Red Devil hits were enough to overcome nine errors and five base-runners being picked off first.

Lincoln County jumped out in the wild game in the first. Alex Bradford singled to left with one out. On a pick-off attempt, Bradford raced around to third and then scored on an overthrow at third. Greene County tied the game in the bottom of the first with a leadoff home run. The Devils fell behind 4-1 through three innings. In the top of the fourth, Bradford struck again with his first home run of the 2006 season. A sloppily played bottom of the fourth gave the Tigers three runs and a 7-2 lead. In the bottom of the fifth, Casey Norman doubled and then scored on Aiken Davis’ double. Austin Reed then walked. With two outs Bradford doubled to cut the lead to 7-4. Consecutive singles by Tyler Beale and Brandon Barden made the score 7-6. Austin Goldman the n walked and was followed by Kiece Crite’s run scoring double. Norman singled in Crite and Davis followed with an RBI single to give the Devils an 11-7 lead. Greene County scored four unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the score. Trey Bailey led the sixth off with a walk. Beale singled in Bailey and Beale scored on Barden’s long double. Crite followed Barden with another double to make the score 14-11. The Red Devils added two more runs in the seventh inning on Bailey’s single, Bradford’s triple and Beale’s single.

Austin Reed and Tyler Beale both pitched much better than the score indicates. Reed did allow his first earned run of the season in the first. Beale picked up the victory to run his record to 5-1.

Coach Billy Beale summed up the game by saying that "we played like we were on spring break. Everybody seemed to have their minds on other things. If our bats had not come alive in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, we would have lost today. I hope this does not carry over to a region game tomorrow with Hancock Central."