Greenfield takes opener, now 5-1 in HHC

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FORTVILLE — Late errors by Mt. Vernon enabled Greenfield-Central to pull through in the opener of their doubleheader Friday night.

But MV pitcher James Stricker made few mistakes in the nightcap, and the Marauders got the equalizer.

G-C extended its streak to start the Hoosier Heritage Conference portion of its season to five with a 6-4 win, helped by two unearned runs in the seventh inning.

Stricker threw no-hit ball for 4 1/3 innings of Game 2 and fanned 10 Cougars, as MV handed G-C its first conference loss, 4-2.

The Marauders improved to 2-4, and 2-2 in the conference, while the Cougars dropped their second in three games overall and are 5-2, 5-1 in the HHC.

G-C got out to a 4-0 lead through 2 1/2 innings in Game 1, and batted around in the third while pushing three across.

But the Marauders got two back in their half of the third, on a RBI triple by Noah Powell and sacrifice by Christian Smith to score Powell. They knotted it the next inning, when pinch-hitter Wyatt Vestal knocked in a pair with a single. All runs were off Cougar starter Hayden Kissee.

In the seventh, Jared Banton ripped a shot to right that Nathanael Lash lost in the sun, and Banton moved to second while pinch-runner Drew McDowell went to third.

Kennedy Parker then replaced Zach Spears on the hill for MV, and while Parker’s first batter, Syrus Fletcher was up, a pitch got away from catcher Michael Cripe and McDowell scored.

Fletcher flew out to center. Banton, now on third, hesitated a bit while center fielder Zach Norman threw home. That ball sailed over Cripe to the backstop, and Banton beat the subsequent throw home.

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