For the Daily Reporter
GREENFIELD — In the middle of a six-games-in-five-days grind, high school baseball teams sometimes need to take drastic measures. Greenfield Central’s plan was to give the ball to a freshman pitcher who had never even dressed for varsity.
It worked, as the Cougars defeated the Franklin Central Flashes 9-3 on Wednesday to improve their record to 9-15.
“We’ve had guys throw some quality innings these last few days,” Greenfield-Central coach Robbie Miller said with a grin. “I put a freshman out there and he gave us four really good innings.”
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That freshman was Blake Wilson, who looked calm and collected during his four innings. Wilson scattered seven singles while allowing only one unearned run, which was scored after a misplay in right field.
Spencer Hert would come in to pitch the last three innings and keep the Flashes at bay.
“A performance like (Wilson’s) and only throwing 87 pitches in eight innings two nights ago, throwing strikes, and being efficient has been what we needed,” Miller said.
In addition to the impressive pitching, the Cougars also needed runs, which were provided by Hert, Drey Jameson and Tate Hall.
Hall opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the first inning. After the Flashes had tied it up, Hert put the Cougars ahead for good with a two-run home run.
In the sixth inning, Jameson added a three-run homer followed soon by Hall adding a no-doubter to right field. Hall also had a second sacrifice fly in the fifth inning to finish the night with four RBIs.
“Our bats were great tonight, which is kind of scary,” Miller said.
Three games remain in an interesting week for the Cougars. Tomorrow night they will host Mooresville, and on Friday night, they will host their final Hoosier Heritage Conference doubleheader as they welcome Shelbyville to Molinder Field.
Greenfield Central 9, Franklin Central 3
2B: Johnny Davis (GC) HR: Spencer Hert, Drey Jameson, Tate Hall (GC).
WP: Blake Wilson (1-0) LP: Jaxon Bailey (0-1).
Notables: Tate Hall 2-2, HR, 4 RBI; Drey Jameson 3-4, HR, 3 RBI, 3R; Spencer Hert 2-3, HR, 2 RBI (GC).