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University High turns back North Greene in 1-A final

Gene Renfro • May 8, 2019 at 10:27 PM

University High used brotherly love and a 1-2 punch to win the District 1-A baseball tournament for a second straight season Wednesday, beating North Greene 9-5 at David Crockett High School.

UH has a home Region 1-A semifinal contest Monday against Washburn while North Greene will travel to Greenback in the other matchup. The two winners face off Wednesday.

“The Pollock brothers (Carter and Cade) came through with two big home runs,” University High head coach Josh Petty said about his team’s offensive heroes from Wednesday. “(Kaleb) Meredith and (Brant) Hare have been doing a good job all year hitting the ball to the opposite field and making things happen.”

Tournament most valuable player Carter Pollock (2 for 3, 3 RBIs) hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the third to give the Bucs a 5-3 lead. An inning later, Cade Pollock unloaded a no-doubt homer to pad the margin.

Meredith (2 for 2, 3 runs) led off the bottom of the first with a walk before Hare (2 for 2, 3 RBIs) drove him in with a triple to the right-center gap, accounting for the game’s first run. The Meredith-Hare duo joined Carter and Cade Pollock on the all-tournament squad.

The fifth inning unfolded with Meredith and Hare tagging back-to-back doubles for another run. The duo struck again in the sixth as Meredith deposited his second two-bagger (RBI) into right field and advanced on an error. Hare followed with a sacrifice fly to center.

Helping the Bucs succeed was the pitching of Carter Pollock and Meredith. Pollock threw the first four innings and gave up three runs on just two hits. Meredith finished out for a save.

Cayden Foulks (2 for 3) came through with a two-run single and Turner Bailey (2 RBIs) a run-scoring groundout in a three-run Huskies third, putting the Bucs down by a run. A hit-by-pitch and two walks set up a Bailey sacrifice fly in the fifth, making it a 6-4 contest.

North Greene’s Carson Whaley punched through an RBI single in the seventh.

Foulks, Bailey and Chance Campbell were all-tourney picks for the Huskies, who go into Monday’s game without head coach Jason Lowe — who was ejected in the fourth inning. Lowe argued a pickoff at first base that resulted in the third out of the inning.

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