By Steve Shwarts
The Greenville Lions ended an 18-inning scoreless streak, but not in time to catch Denison in an 8-5 District 13-4A baseball loss on Tuesday at John Mason Field.
Greenville had been shut out in its two previous games and the last inning of a loss to Wylie. The Lions finally broke through with five runs in the fifth inning after trailing 8-0 but could get no closer.
“We’ve got to start earlier,” said Greenville coach Cody Salyers. “We have got to be ready from pitch number one. We have to do a better job of making adjustments. If something’s not working, you can’t keep doing it and expect a different result.”
Greenville exploded with five runs in the fifth inning as Jacob Jarvis, Dillion Minick and Austin Craig all walked. Then Chris Hazlett singled, driving in Jarvis. Mason Burk’s sacrifice fly scored Minick. Luke Dyer then reached first on a Denison error that allowed Austin Craig to score. Travis Koger singled, scoring Hazlett. Dyer scored Greenville’s fifth run on a wild pitch.
Denison built its 8-0 lead with two runs in the first inning, three in the third, one in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Luke Thomas helped the Yellow Jackets grab the early lead with three hits and three runs batted in, while Clay Stubblefield scored three runs off three hits and Devon Blanton also had three hits and drove in a pair of runs.
Greenville won the junior varsity game, 8-2.
District 13-4A baseball
Denison 203 120 0 —8 11 2
Greenville 000 050 0 —5 5 3
WP: Devon Blanton, 3 hits, 4 runs, 4 ERs, 3 BBs, 2 Ks, 4 IP; relieved by Braden Wright, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 ER, 0 BBs, 1 K, 1 IP; relieved by Will Stubblefield, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 ERs, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 IP.
LP: Luke Dyer, 11 hits, 8 runs, 8 ERs, 0 BBs, 3 Ks, 5 IP; relieved by Chris Hazlett, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 ERs, 0 BBs, 3 Ks, 2 IP.
D: Clay Stubblefield 3-3. Devon Blanton 3-3, 2 RBIs; Luke Thomas 3-3, 3 RBIs; Joseph Hendricks 1-4, 1 RBI; Will Menta 1 RBI; Wade Walters 1 RBI.
G: Mason Burk 1-4, 1 RBI; Luke Dyer 1-3, 1 RBI; Travis Koger 1-3, 1 RBI; Dylan Coleman 1-3, Chris Hazlett 1-2, 1 RBI.
Record: G 1-5 in district.
Next game: Greenville at Sherman, 7:30 p.m. Friday.
HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL / SOFTBALL
By Steve Shwarts
A&M-C defender earns top conference honor
Texas A&M University-Commerce defensive lineman Charles Tuaau earned top honors, while the Lions were picked to finish sixth in the Lone Star Conference in preseason voting conducted by the league.
Tuaau claimed the preseason Defensive Player of the Year award for the LSC following a record-setting season in 2013 for the 7-5 Lions. Tuaau set school records for tackles for losses in a game (five) and season (25), plus for most sacks in a season (12 1/2). The 6-5, 310-pound senior from Wahiawa, Hawaii finished with 59 total tackles as he was selected as the J.V. Sikes Defensive Player of the Year in the conference as well as the defensive lineman of the year.
Greenville Lions' coaching staff lineup changes
Each summer the Greenville Lions’ coaching staff goes through a transition phase as some coaches move on to other schools and new coaches are hired to take their place.
This summer is no exception. There’s changes in the coaching staffs for the boys and girls programs that’ll involve the football, volleyball, boys soccer, powerlifting and softball teams.
Hail to the winner of three medals at Transplant Games
His nickname in Greenville is “Pee Wee,” but Oliver Hale is a big man on the tennis court and in the kitchen.
Hale, who is a 1971 graduate of Greenville High School, won three medals at the 2014 Transplant Games of America recently in Houston while competing in the 60-and-over age category. He won a gold medal in men’s doubles, a silver in men’s singles and a bronze in mixed doubles along with playing partner Irena Bucci.
Free youth football camp planned
Second year Texas A&M University – Commerce Head Coach Colby Carthel and his coaching staff will be the directors of a free A&M Commerce Youth Football Camp.
Officially for the record
Two former Greenville schools are now officially recognized for their accomplishments in sports through new signage at the T. A. “Cotton” Ford Stadium.
LeBron: I'm heading back to Cleveland
Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio.
Commerce to host Dixie Softball tournament
The city of Commerce has partnered with the Dixie Softball to host the Darlings and the Debs Softball State Tournament at the Eddie Moore Sports Complex again this year.
Coach Steve Guffey touched many lives
Steve Guffey was a true sportsman in every sense of the word.
Guffey, who died on Saturday at the age of 50, was a standout athlete and coach, who was also an avid golfer, angler and hunter. He was an educator. teacher, mentor and a friend to many who’ve been paying their tributes online and at candlelight vigils on Sunday in Ladonia and on Monday in Campbell. Guffey’s memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Campbell High School gymnasium, where he coached the Lady Indians’ basketball team the past 12 years.
A&M-Commerce hires Burton as women’s basketball coach
Lion women’s basketball experienced a homecoming of sorts on April when athletics director Ryan Ivey announced Jason Burton as the eighth women’s basketball coach in program history.
Lone Oak, Caddo Mills softball players make all-state team
Two players from Lone Oak and one from Caddo Mills earned second-team honors on the Texas Sports Writers Association’s Class 2A all-state softball team.
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