Greenfield gets past Royals despite fielding woes

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CHARLOTTESVILLE — It wasn’t pretty, but Greenfield-Central picked up its 10th victory of the season Monday, downing Hancock County neighbor Eastern Hancock 10-6.

At 10-6 overall and 5-1 in Hoosier Heritage Conference play, the Cougars are in contention for their second straight conference crown, sitting tied with Shelbyville (5-1) atop the HHC standings.

Though the blue and gold stand a good chance at defending its HHC championship, if the team fails to clean up its defense, it’s just going to make its title defense that much more difficult.

G-C has struggled defensively in recent games, and the trend continued Monday, as it committed five errors and had other mental lapses that allowed the Royals to climb back into the game after falling behind 9-1.

In the Cougars’ doubleheader split with Lawrence Central and Brownsburg Friday, second-year Cougars’ coach Brian Murphy was displeased with his team’s defense. G-C committed 11 errors in the three games it played leading up to Friday.

“I looked down at my card and it looked like I’ve got a crush on a guy named Eddie – there were Es all over my card,” Murphy joked Monday. “We kicked the ball around. To their credit, they put the ball in play.

“We always talk about with our guys, ‘Don’t go down. Put the ball in play.’ You put the ball in play, you’ve got a good chance of winning the baseball game. That’s what they did. They put the ball in play and when they did, we kicked it around for them.”

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