Greenwood Gators bite Cougars twice


By Don Brown



Photos Don Brown | GC News-Gazette First baseman Nikki Golden fielded this ground ball off the bat of Greenwood’s Abbi Woodcock for the second out in the first inning of the varsity game.


Freshman Embry Thorpe delivered to the plate in the first inning of the JV contest.


Taylor Mudd grounded out in the second inning. The Cougar varsity could not manufacture a run against Greenwood’s Abby Willgruber and lost 13-0.


Kenzie Snyder laid down a bunt in the first inning of the JV game and beat it out for a hit to drive in Taylor Mudd with a Cougar run.


Shortstop Haley Tucker fielded this second-inning grounder for the second out of the inning of the varsity game.


Bailey Sedam scored the first JV Cougar run following a double by Bailey Snyder.


The Greenwood Gators came to visit Monday evening for softball action and went home with a pair of wins over Grayson County.

In the varsity contest, senior Gator hurler Abby Willgruber held the Cougars scoreless for seven inning and the Gators scored nine times in the seventh to run away with a 13-0 victory.

In the JV game, the Gators scored in every inning as they beat the Cougars 12-3 in four innings.

Varsity Game

The Cougars (4-3) squandered several scoring opportunities against Willgruber, who baffled the Cougars with a variety of pitches that moved around the strike zone. Willgruber allowed seven hits while striking out seven and walking two. She also hit one Cougar batter.

Junior right-hander Lauren Decker pitched well for the Lady Cougars and kept her team in the contest before running out of gas in the seventh inning, when the Gators sent 14 batters to the plate and scored nine times. Decker allowed 16 hits and struck out one. Six of the Gator runs were unearned.

The Gators scored the only run they would need in the first inning. Third-baseman Katelyn Smith led off with a double, moved to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a ground-ball out to make it 1-0.

The Cougars missed a golden opportunity to score in their half of the first. Decker was hit by a pitch leading off the inning, but was thrown out at second following a come-backer by Allie Horton.

Bailey Snyder and Madeline Carter followed with walks to load the bases with just one out. But Willgruber settled down and struck out Embry Thorpe and Jodi Decker to end the Cougar threat.

The Gators made it 3-0 with a pair of runs in the third inning. First-baseman Kaylie Allen singled up the middle leading off the inning, then stole second base. Allen scored when second-baseman Raegan Fletcher followed with a single.

Fletcher moved to second on a wild pitch, then went to third when Smith lined out to right field. Shortstop Alexis Dean grounded out for the second out of the inning, but Fletcher came home to make it 3-0.

Greenwood scored once in the fifth inning after two were out. Smith singled to right and stole second base. Dean then singled into right-center to bring Smith home to make it 4-0.

The Cougars threatened in the sixth inning. Back-to-back-to-back singles by Snyder, Carter and Thorpe loaded the bases with no one out. Jodi Decker then lined a ball back through the circle which Willgruber was able to spear for an out.

The runners on base thought the ball was through for a hit and took off. Willgruber was able to double-up Snyder at third before Taylor Mudd flew out to right to end the inning.

The wheels fell off in the top of the seventh as nine Gator hits combined with a pair of Cougar errors to bring in nine runs and put the game out of reach. Taylor Campbell drove in three runs with a single to right and a double to center. Jaci Bolin had an RBI double, Allen singled in a run and Smith drove in two more with a single up the middle.

The Cougars threatened again in their half of the seventh when a one-out double by Nikki Golden and a two-out, infield single by Horton put runners at the corners, but Willgruber induced Snyder to fly out to center to end the game.

JV Game

The Gators started quickly against Cougar freshman Embry Thorpe, who struggled with her control through out the game.Thorpe allowed 12 runs on 12 hits, struck out five and walked six.

The Gators sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning and scored four times. Center-fielder Alex Grubbs led off with a walk, moved to second on a passed ball, then went to third on a sacrifice by second-baseman Tori Dyer. First baseman Maddie Thomas looped a ball to right for a single that scored Grubbs to make it 1-0.

Jaci Bolin followed with a double to put runners at second and third. Taylor Bowers then walked to load the bases and when Tori Drew and Kirsten Merritt followed with base hits, three more runs scored.

The Cougars responded by sending nine batters to the plate as well and scoring three times. Bailey Sedam walked leading off and scored when Snyder doubled to the wall in right-center. Snyder moved to third when Mudd was safe at first on a throwing error by Bolin at third.

Mudd followed by stealing second base on a walking-steal play to put runners at second and third. Thorpe hit a ground ball to short, which scored Snyder from third. When the throw was low at first, Thorpe was safe and put runners at the corners.

Kenzie Renfrow then laid down a bunt and beat it out for a hit as Mudd scored the third run of the inning. Grayson County later loaded the bases with just one out, but Gator pitcher Allison Bush struck out Savannah Baxter and Mallory Akins to end the inning.

That would be all the Cougars could muster as Bush allowed just two more hits the rest of the way. The Gators added another run in the second on an RBI double by Bolin, then added four more in the third inning to make it 9-0 after batting around.

Greenwood sent eight more batters to the plate to score three more runs on three hits in the top of the fourth to make it 12-3. After the Cougars went out in order in the top of the fourth, the game was called by a time-limit agreed to before the game started.

Photos Don Brown | GC News-Gazette First baseman Nikki Golden fielded this ground ball off the bat of Greenwood’s Abbi Woodcock for the second out in the first inning of the varsity game.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Nikki.jpgPhotos Don Brown | GC News-Gazette First baseman Nikki Golden fielded this ground ball off the bat of Greenwood’s Abbi Woodcock for the second out in the first inning of the varsity game.

Freshman Embry Thorpe delivered to the plate in the first inning of the JV contest.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Embry-1.jpgFreshman Embry Thorpe delivered to the plate in the first inning of the JV contest.

Taylor Mudd grounded out in the second inning. The Cougar varsity could not manufacture a run against Greenwood’s Abby Willgruber and lost 13-0.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Taylor.jpgTaylor Mudd grounded out in the second inning. The Cougar varsity could not manufacture a run against Greenwood’s Abby Willgruber and lost 13-0.

Kenzie Snyder laid down a bunt in the first inning of the JV game and beat it out for a hit to drive in Taylor Mudd with a Cougar run.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Kenzie.jpgKenzie Snyder laid down a bunt in the first inning of the JV game and beat it out for a hit to drive in Taylor Mudd with a Cougar run.

Shortstop Haley Tucker fielded this second-inning grounder for the second out of the inning of the varsity game.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Haley-1.jpgShortstop Haley Tucker fielded this second-inning grounder for the second out of the inning of the varsity game.

Bailey Sedam scored the first JV Cougar run following a double by Bailey Snyder.
http://gcnewsgazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Bailey-Scores-2.jpgBailey Sedam scored the first JV Cougar run following a double by Bailey Snyder.

By Don Brown

Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.

Reach Don Brown at 259-9622, ext. 2016.

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