Wildcats eliminate Knights
By By Carver Rayburn / staff writer
April 27, 2003
LEAKESVILLE The Knights of West Lauderdale fell behind early to No.15 Greene County and saw a comeback fall short in a 6-4 loss to the Wildcats in game two of the South State 3A second round baseball playoffs.
Greene County won the first game 3-2 in dramatic come-from-behind fashion on Friday at West Lauderdale. The Wildcats (28-5) eliminated West Lauderdale 2-0 in the best-of-three series for the first time in recent memory, with the home victory.
Senior right-handed pitcher Dustin Eubanks picked up the win for Greene County throwing a complete game giving up four runs on six hits, striking out five and walking three. Eubanks improved to 8-1 for the season.
Knights' senior Trent Posey took the loss pitching seven innings giving up six runs, five earned, on nine hits, striking out four and walking two. Posey also went 1-for-1 at the plate with a two RBI double in the sixth.
The Wildcats broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third with two runs and then added insurance runs of one and three in the next two innings, respectively.
The Knights' offense pressed the home team in the top of the seventh inning producing four runs to cut the lead to 6-4. West Lauderdale would not be able to pull off the comeback, as Eubanks got tying-run representative Richie McAllister to strike out to end the game.
Junior shortstop Bo Davis went 2-for-2, and sophomore outfielder Randy Diveley added a double.
Sophomore outfielder Parker Temple and senior first baseman Richie McAllister both added singles.
Greene County was led by shortstop Dalton Bradley, who went 2-for-3 with a single, a double and three RBIs. Designated hitter Luke Mills also went 2-for-3.
West Lauderdale finishes the season with a record of 20-8.
Greene County will move on to play the winner of the Philadelphia/Purvis series in the south state championship series next weekend.