North Greene's run at state comes to an end

Douglas Fritz • May 23, 2014 at 11:26 AM

MURFREESBORO — North Greene took it to the public school limit, but couldn't run with the private dogs.

The Huskies — left standing with Grace Christian, Jackson Christian and Goodpasture Christian — fell to Grace 6-3 in the lower bracket final of the Class AA state baseball tournament at Riverdale on Thursday.

It was a season-ender for North Greene, which finished 33-6 in arguably the greatest season in school history.

“It was such a great year with 33 wins,” said head coach Tim Lady. “I don't think our school has ever done that before. We won the region three years in a row.

“It was a great job of the seniors building this program over the last four years. I'm very happy.”

North Greene had its chances. The Huskies outhit the Rams, 8-5, and had two runners on base with nobody out in the final inning. North Greene scratched across a run, but a close play at first base on a grounder to shortstop ended its season.

Tyler Bailey, the Huskies' ace for the last four years, finished on the mound in relief. He said the team has a lot of reasons to be proud.

“It was a great year, and this was our second time getting to the state,” said Bailey. “And being the last public school is big thing.”

The Huskies defeated Community and Scotts Hill in the tournament, but couldn't solve Grace Christian — which eliminated North Greene in the sectional last year.

Zane Britton had two hits for North Greene as did Mark Trent.


Dyersburg 4, Greeneville 2

Sometimes all it takes is a few mistakes.

Greeneville allowed three unearned runs while only scoring two in the tough season-ending loss to Dyersburg in the Class AA losers' bracket semifinal.

“We made a few mistakes on defense, but that happens in high school ball,” said Greeneville head coach Bob Fortel. “We just didn't hit it consistently, and that happens, too. But we will keep working and hopefully come back and do it again.”

Hannah Holt had two hits for Greeneville, which led 2-0 after one inning, but Dyersburg scored one in the second and two in the third.

The Lady Greene Devils, who finished 32-7, kept their season alive with a 3-2 win over Sequatchie County earlier on Thursday.

With a Sequatchie runner on first and Greeneville leading by one in the top of the seventh inning, Selena Leon made a one-out running catch in left-center field, robbing a home run and flipping over the fence to save the game.

“The ball was carrying and carrying,” said Leon. “I had no clue the fence was there. I just knew I had to catch it because if I didn't it would be a home run.”

Pitcher Jordan Fortel then ended the game with a strikeout. Fortel went the distance, allowing nine hits and two runs, none earned. She walked one and struck out seven.

Holt had two hits to lead Greeneville at the plate.

Bob Fortel said it was a special season.

“I'm not hurting too bad,” he said. “I feel good about where we've come. I think about the program when we took it over five years ago, and what the kids have brought it to — being fourth in the state, that's pretty impressive.”

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