An all-green championship game would be possible, but difficult because of the teams' positions in the brackets.
The Greenfield 12U built up a solid lead, giving a few runs back only in the latter innings. But their defense held, giving them what Coach Bill Szustak called "a solid team win."
The 12U pitchers were solid all night. Kaeden Geraci started the night strong, Garrett White threw two and a half great middle innings, and Jack Heider finished the effort.
However, just as important was the concerted defensive effort of the entire field, with outfielders like James Mazefsky and Gage Pegher limiting extra base hits and and infielders making routine infield plays. Marcus Waller was one of those key infielders, putting in a good day's work at shortstop.
Will Szustak was representative of the team's night at the plate, combining solid hits with smart baserunning. It was the 12U's best effort yet of their young tournament season.
The Greenfield 12s had a good rebound game from their championship loss in Greentree Wednesday. In this game, they got the bats going in a big way.
Jordan Osborne started the game with a triple, getting home soon after that on a base hit by Bryan McCann. Though Greenfield continued to get the bat on the ball that inning, they were tagged out, caught out, and forced out.
In the second, the hitting continued, adding two more runs on base hits and base running. The third inning saw some fireworks as Brandon Twigg sent a fair ball deep over the right field fence and onto the salt dome, a two-run shot that moved the score to 6-0.
On the defensive end, the 12s put in a workmanlike performance for a shutout. Samson Hill pitched the first two innings, getting several ground outs and strikeouts, and Matthew Mock finished the game, keeping the last two innings scoreless. Only two hits came out to the outfielders, the infield getting the majority of the action.
It was Greenfield's fourth inning offensive burst that pushed the game to an early end. Osborne hit a hard single on a full count, then McCann hit a line-drive triple past the centerfielder, then Hill sent another one into the outfield for a double. With one on and no outs, Mock sent a ball over the far centerfield fence, bringing the count to 10. Twigg and Twigg each doubled, but were stranded on base as the home team sweated out the last three outs.
Brandon Twigg got MVP honors for the Greenfield 12s.
The 12U team plays at 10 on Saturday, followed by the 12s at noon. Come support your Greenfield teams and get some grub at Elliott's famous pop stand!