The Greenfield 12s got a slow start their first few innings Wednesday, but both their bats and their defense came alive down the stretch of that game and two more on Saturday.
Against the South Hills "Wild Things" Wednesday, the boys in green found themselves in a 7-1 hole in the third inning. They chipped away at that lead in the fourth, then blew the game wide open in the fifth with back-to-back bombs by Bryan McCann and Samson Hill.
Luther Harper also had a nice poke to right field with the bases loaded as part of that rally.
McCann, meanwhile, kept the South Hills bats quiet, and the defense kept the Wild Things from adding any more runs. The final score was 11-7.
One game postponed due to Friday's deluge, Greenfield was rescheduled to play Riverview at 2 p.m. and Fox Chapel at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 24.
Against Riverview, the Greenfield 12s got going early, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the first. Matt Mock held down the lead through the first three innings with some smart pitching, including a wicked curve ball.
No one managed to poke the ball over the short outfield fence for a home run, but Greenfield's base running kept Riverside listening for footsteps, and twice, a Greenfield guy stole home.
Brandon Twigg, Samson Hill, and Jordan Osborne finished out the pitching, with one scoreless inning apiece. The final tally was 7-0 in favor of Greenfield.
The third game, against Fox Chapel, was a workmanlike team performance on both offense and defense. It ended in the fifth inning with a 10-run decision, 10-0.
Bryan McCann started the scoring in the first inning by stealing second, then third, and then jogging in on a hard grounder to right field by Samson Hill.
It wasn't until after the third inning, though, that the Greenfielders really started getting around the diamond, and the main engines were singles, a few doubles, and some hard running.
Michael Twigg pitched a strong first couple of innings and hit a nice drive to the outfield with the bases loaded. Brandon Twigg pitched one scoreless inning and McCann two more to close out the shutout.
In all the games, the outfield has been solid, with catches by Matt Mock, Ethan Heidel-Roberts, and Jordan Osborne. Osborne made one acrobatic leaping catch, running from center towards right field, and nearly had another on a similar hit.
The Greenfield 12s play Sunday, June 25, at 2 p.m. in the playoff round. If they win, they will play for the championship at 4:30. Win or lose on Sunday, the boys are doing well and having fun at Riverside!