Greenfield handles Arabians in quarterfinal

GREENFIELD — Greenfield-Central’s first two baseball wins of the season came at the expense of Pendleton Heights. The Cougars hope their final win wasn’t also against Pendleton Heights.

Hayden Kissee pitched 6.1 effective innings and added a two-run home run to help Greenfield-Central defeat the Arabians 7-3 Thursday in the Class 4A Sectional 9 quarterfinals.

The host Cougars – defending sectional champs – will face Richmond (18-6) in the semifinals Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The prospects of a second straight G-C postseason title looked relatively grim just a week ago. Back in early April, the Cougars (13-10) opened 2014 with a doubleheader sweep of Pendleton Heights. As of late, though, G-C slumped, dropping five of their last seven regular season contests.

Thursday, G-C played like a sectional contender.

After Pendleton Heights put together a pair of first-inning singles for a 1-0 lead, Kissee didn’t allow another hit until the fifth inning. By then, the Cougars were ahead 6-1 and well on their way to the semifinals.

“That’s one of the better games we’ve played in a while,” said G-C coach Brian Murphy, who added with a laugh, “That’s not saying much. That doesn’t exactly mean we’re ready for the Yankees, but yeah … we played better than we have lately.”

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