The Bowling Green baseball team made the most of its opportunities Wednesday at Greenwood.
Bowling Green (5-3 overall, 2-0 District 14) scored all three runs with two outs, and starting pitcher Stuart Posey and reliever Luke Thurman made it stand as the Purples picked up a second 3-1 victory over the Gators in a three-day span.
“I thought we pitched it real well, got some timely hitting and we made a couple of good defensive plays when we needed to,” BG coach Dan Mosier said. “I was real pleased. It was a good effort.”
No. 9 hitter Justin Gentry sparked the offense with a pair of two-out RBI singles.
Gentry’s second-inning single to right gave the Purples a 1-0 lead. He struck again with an RBI single to left in the sixth.
“You have to relax and think of getting the base hit and doing stuff for your team,” Gentry said. “You can’t think about individual stuff. You have to do it for your team. When we come out here and play as well as we did today, it feels good as a ballclub.”
Bowling Green added another run when shortstop Drew Hayles’ two-out error on a grounder allowed Hunter Rogers to score from third.
Greenwood (5-3, 0-2) tried to mount its own two-out rally in the bottom of the inning.
With two on and two out, Taylor Perdue singled to right to make the score 3-1.
A wild pitch put runners at second and third for Bryce Spalding, but Thurman got him to hit a grounder to short and Spalding was thrown out on a close play to end the inning.
Thurman retired the Gators in order in the seventh. Greenwood already has lost more district games this season than it did all of last year.
“They pitched it well,” Greenwood coach Jason Jaggers said. “They played great defense. They took advantage of our mistakes. Credit to them, because they deserved to win the ballgame. It’s a long season. There is no reason to hit the panic button. Our guys are resilient. We’ll bounce back. They will be ready to go tomorrow.”
Posey earned the win, going 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander struggled with his control early, before settling in – allowing one run on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
“He kind of got into a groove a little bit,” Mosier said. “He’s just a sophomore. It’s his first year pitching varsity. He did a real good job. He pitched well over at Russell County the other day and then he pitched well again today.”
Gentry and Ethan Wilson finished with two hits each for the Purples.
Russ Kerr had two of Greenwood’s five hits
The Purples will go for the sweep when the three-game series concludes at 7 p.m. today at Greenwood.
BGHS 010 002 0 — 3 6 0
GHS 000 001 0 — 1 5 2
W: Posey L: Dralle S: Thurman
Warren East 7, South Warren 6
Warren East overcame six errors to rally past South Warren in the opening game of Wednesday’s District 14 doubleheader.
South Warren (6-2, 1-1 District 14) took advantage of four errors to take a 4-0 lead in the top of the second, but the Raiders rallied for six runs in the bottom of the inning. Johnathan Biggs, J.D. Jenkins and T.J. Sumner all had RBI singles during the rally.
The Spartans tied the score 6-6 on a two-run homer from John Smiley in the fifth, but Warren East (2-6, 1-1) reclaimed the edge when Alex Wright scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth.
“We’ve been preaching to the kids about not quitting, to keep fighting and stay together and play as a team,” Warren East coach Wes Sanford said. “Today we did that. We obviously made some mistakes, but our effort overcame those mistakes. We both walked away today feeling our teams got better.”
Davion Downey earned the win in relief for the Raiders.
Wright had two hits to lead Warren East, while Jacob Lewis finished with two hits for the Spartans.
The two teams conclude a three game series at 7 p.m. tonight at Warren East.
- SWHS 040 200 0 — 6 8 1
- WEHS 060 001 X — 7 9 6
- W: Downey L: King