With the 2014 season on the line, the Grenada Chargers got a solid pitching performance from a senior to go with some key hits from a pair of sophomores in Game 3 of the Play-In Series of the Class 6A Playoffs Saturday at Warren Central.
Senior Dillon Hill pitched a complete game striking out seven and allowing just one walk as Grenada captured an 8-3 decision to win the deciding game of the best-of-three series.
Grenada improves to 16-8 on the season. The Chargers move on to the opening round of the playoffs this week against second-ranked NW Rankin.
“Dillon came out and threw the ball well for us,” GHS Coach Jake Yarborough said. “He was able to throw all three of his pitches for strikes. He wanted the ball and came up big for us.”
Offensively, the Chargers pounded out 11 hits on the afternoon. Caleb Morgan had a big day at the plate going 3-4 with a pair of doubles, driving in five runs. Sophomore Bradley Sanford finished 3-3 at the plate.
“I thought we came out and swung the bat really well Saturday,” Yarborough said. “Caleb had a big day at the plate with a couple of doubles. Bradley also had a nice day with three hits.”
The Chargers got on the board in the top of the first inning, scoring two runs. Brandon Williams opened the game with a single and advanced to third on Ethan Burke’s single. After Burke stole second, Jay Redditt singled in both runs to make it 2-0.
Grenada would add three runs in the second inning. Hill started the frame being hit by the pitch. Sanford followed with a single to send courtesy runner Jacob Banks to second base. Morgan doubled to plate Banks and courtesy runner Kesner Spencer, making it 4-0.
Shelby Craddock reached base on an error, advancing Morgan to third base. Craddock would later steal second base in the inning. Morgan was driven home on Williams’ ground ball to make it 5-0.