The boys in green got a slow start, giving up four runs in the first inning and not getting on the board till the fourth. By the fourth inning, Brighton Heights was up 5-0.
In the bottom of the fourth with two people on base, though, Samson Hill hit a shot in the gap between center and right to bring two runs in. Then, in the fifth inning, the Brighton Heights pitching started to falter.
With a combination of walks and hits, Greenfield moved three more runs across the plate to tie the game, 5-5. A scoreless sixth inning set up the drama of the seventh.
Bryan McCann had been shutting down the Brighton Heights bats from the third inning on, giving up only a solo home run in the third. In the seventh, though, a Brighton Heights player hit a hot grounder down the third base line, and then another batter hit to left field, bringing in two runs.
Facing a two run deficit in the bottom of the seventh, two Greenfield batters went down, one by strikeout and one by ground-out. McCann came up to the plate and hit a high pop up that got him to first when Brighton Heights was not able to field it. Hill then hit a shot off the center field fence that was three feet short of a dinger, getting him to third.
The score was now 7-6 with the tying run at third. On a 3-2 count, Matt Mock made contact, hitting a tricky chopper to the second baseman. The second baseman bobbled the ball and it rolled away, but the shortstop barehanded it and whipped it sidearm toward first. Mock, with the extra time, got his foot on first before the ball got there. Unfortunately, the field ump saw it differently, turning a wild celebration by the Greenfield crowd into unbelief and boos.
The Brighton Heights team played well in the field and in the batters box, and in the post-game handshakes, they gave their condolences for the call. Congratulations to them for a game well played. Greenfield hopes to have another chance at them later in the tournament.
Good job Greenfield for climbing back into the game twice and swinging till the end.