Dickson County locked up their second district series win of the season Wednesday night with a 4-2 win over the visiting Eagles of Independence. After grabbing the 3-0 shutout win Tuesday night the Cougars stayed hot behind the bats of Ben Powlas and Trey Grimes along with the “businessman like” performance of Blake Greer on the mound.
Greer got three ground outs in four batters in the top of the first to hold the Eagles in check and get his offense an opportunity. In the bottom of the inning Greer flied out to center on the second pitch he saw. Powlas followed him and took a one and two pitch to deep left center for a solo home run, his fourth of the season, giving Dickson the early 1-0 advantage. Dickson managed another base hit on Bret Lyell’s line drive single to right but failed to bring him around.
Up 1-0, Greer gave up a leadoff single to Adam Martin in the top of the second. A sacrifice bunt moved Martin to second with one out but Greer caught Martin leaning toward third and picked him off for the second out. Garrett Buttrey flied out to Lyell in foul territory to end the inning. Dickson went back to work in the bottom of the second. Grimes lead off with a hard single to left and took second when the throw was slow getting in from left. Santino Miranda tried to bunt Grimes over to third but Trent Starr, the Eagle starter, slipped and fell fielding the bunt. He recovered and threw to first from a seated position, first basemen Cameron Carroll dropped the throw and Grimes came around to score on the error. Starr got Ethan Henley and Collin Brown to end the inning with Dickson now up 2-0.
Greer took control in the third, getting the Eagles to go in order and holding them scoreless through three innings. The Cougars once again found a run in the home half of the third. Greer, helping his own cause, singled to short to start things off. That brought Powlas back to the plate, he took the first pitch he saw to the left field corner for an RBI double, putting Dickson up 3-0. The next three Cougars went in order to end the third.
That score held up until the top of the 6th inning. Luke Jones singled to center on a 2-2 pitch then Tommy Morren hit a hard ground ball to right to put two on with no outs. Greer appeared to labor for the first time all night but struck out the next to batters. A passed ball during the next at bat moved the runners to second and third with two outs. Martin delivered a hard grounder to center to plate Jones and Morren and pull the Eagles within one run 3-2. Greer got Jake Current to roll a ground ball back to the mound and end the inning with Dickson clinging to the one run lead. In the bottom of the 6th, the Cougars got an insurance run. Lyell lead off with a fly out to right but Jack Sensing got on with a hard ground ball back up the box. Grimes singled to center and Sensing moved u to third, Coach Rodney Parker dialed up a squeeze bunt and Sensing scored standing up to make it 4-2 Cougars. Ethan Henley grounded out to second to end the inning.
In the seventh, Buttrey walked on four pitches to start things off for the Eagles. Caleb Reed tried to sacrifice bunt Buttrey over bunt no one cover first base for the Cougars. Reed was safe and Buttrey advanced to third on the play. With runners on the corners Ethan Huner scorched a line drive to first but Lyell snagged it and landed on first base for a double play, Buttrey held tight at third. With two outs, Greer got Jones to ground out to second for the final out and the Cougars won their second straight district series.
Creek Wood baseball played a pair of games schedule for Thursday on Wednesday night instead to try and avoid the rain. The Red Hawks took the first game 13-4 over Goodpasture and topped host team Sycamore 9-2 early on. Nash Faught picked up the win for the Red Hawks. The Lady Cougars got a two run homer from Makray Odom and Payton Grove had a solo shot to give the Lady Cougars a 3-0 over Brentwood. Brooklin Lee was stellar once again with a three hit shut out and 17 strikeouts.