Chargers fall to Wildcats in extra innings

Cleveland High School infielder Hunter Riggins knees Grenada High School’s Dillon Hill in the back of the head on a play at second base during Friday’s contest at Grenada. Hill left the game an inning later. The Chargers dropped a 4-2 decision in eight innings to the Wildcats. GHS, 14-7, will travel to Vicksburg Thursday for the opening round of the Class 6A Playoffs to face Warren Central, 20-5. Game 2 of the best of three series will take place Friday at 6 p.m. in Grenada.

Sports Editor

   After playing solid baseball for several weeks, the Grenada Chargers were unable to put together that same kind of effort against Cleveland this past Friday.
   Grenada outhit Cleveland 9-5 and dropped a 4-2, eight-inning decision at Charger Field.
   With the loss, GHS drops to 14-7 on the season.
   “I thought we were kind of flat,” Coach Jake Yarborough said. “Offensively, we had too big of swings against their pitcher. On the defensive side, we made some mistakes. Give Cleveland credit, they took advantage of our mistakes.”
   Grenada scored single runs in the first and second innings.
   In the first, Brandon Williams doubled and scored on Ethan Burke’s single to make it 1-0.
   Grenada added a run in the second inning. Dillon Hill started things with a single and advanced to second base when Shelby Craddock walked. After one out, the runners moved up on a wild pitch. Williams followed with a single to make it 2-0.
   Cleveland tied the game in the fifth inning with two runs and took advantage of an error in the frame off GHS starter Caleb Morgan.
   The Chargers were unable to do much offensively the rest of the way. Cleveland got the winning runs in the top of the eighth thanks to a throwing error.
   Grenada begins play in the Class 6A Playoffs Thursday traveling to face Region 4-6A runner up Warren Central. Game time is at 6 p.m. Game 2 of the best-of-three series will be at 6 p.m. Friday at Grenada. The third game, if necessary, will be back at Vicksburg. The start time is yet to be announced, according to GHS officials.

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