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Lawrence County defeats Enterprise

DAILY LEADER / Photo Submitted / Lawrence County's Logan Greenlee (7) prepares to deliver his pitch to Enterprise in baseball action Saturday night.

DAILY LEADER / Photo Submitted / Lawrence County’s Logan Greenlee (7) prepares to deliver his pitch to Enterprise in baseball action Saturday night.

MONTICELLO – Lawrence County handled Enterprise 10-0 in high school baseball action last Saturday night at Jimmie Davis Park. Logan Greenlee threw a 6-inning 1-hitter, and designated hitter Rishad Haynes drove in 3 runs with a double and a homerun, to power the Cougars.

Saturday’s game wasn’t on the schedule for either team. The coaches put the game together after each team had a game rained out in last week’s Southwest Mississippi Spring Break Baseball Classic. Only 10 of 20 scheduled games were played in the tournament, which was hampered severely by rainy weather.

“We were just happy to get to play,” said LCHS coach Josh Garrett, “without having to pull the tarp or slave over the field all day. We’ve done plenty of that this week. We appreciate Cass (Brister) and his team coming to play us.”

Greenlee, Lawrence County’s full-time catcher, got his first mound duty of the season, and he was outstanding. In six innings of work, he faced just 2 batters over the 18-batter minimum. Greenlee struck out 5 and allowed only a third-inning single to Yellow Jacket center fielder Tanner Waldrop.

Greenlee also got outstanding defensive support. With Greenlee pitching, infielder Prentiss Anderson got his first action at catcher. He responded by throwing out 2 Enterprise baserunners.

Lawrence County broke open a scoreless game with a 7-run outburst in the bottom of the third. Left-fielder Seth Bass triggered the rally with a leadoff single, and finished it off with an RBI double. In between, Kasey Durr, Greenlee, and Marcus Atterberry also had hits.

In the fourth, Greenlee singled and Rishad Haynes launched a 2-run homer, making it a 9-0 game. The Cougars ended the game via the 10-run rule in the bottom of the sixth. Kody Smith led off with a single and scored on Atterberry’s game-ending hit.

“It was great to get some hits,” said Garrett. “On most nights, we’ve been trying to scratch out a few runs on a handful of hits. We put a few together tonight.

“Logan was very good, and so was our catcher, Prentiss Anderson. For Logan to pitch, we’ve got to have confidence in another catcher. Prentiss played well tonight.”

Enterprise got just one baserunner past first base. That came in the third when Brady Watts, who was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on Waldrop’s single.

The Yellow Jackets employed five pitchers in the game. Reese Brocato started. Jeffery Daniels relieved Brocato in the big 7-run inning. Tanner Waldrop, Watts, and Marvin Butler all pulled mound duty. Though he gave up Haynes’ 2-run homer, Waldrop struck out the side in his inning of work.

“Enterprise has an outstanding bunch,” said long-time LCHS assistant Craig Davis. “They’re just a bit young. Enterprise might well contend for multiple championships in the coming years.”

Lawrence County won 10-5 in junior varsity play. Trey Thurman had 2 hits and was the winning pitcher.