Greensburg's late-game woes continue

Eric Wohlford | Daily NewsLawrenceburg's Ben Murphy, left, slides back in safely ahead of a tag by Greensburg first baseman Trevor Reynolds during action Thursday.

You could use just about any analogy you wanted. The movie "Groundhog Day" comes to mind. The lyrics to a hip hop song do also.

But Scott Holdsworth, showing the patience of Job, still had the wherewithal to crack a smile after his Greensburg Pirates' latest meltdown, a 10-6 loss Thursday at home to EIAC rival Lawrenceburg.

Holdsworth readily admitted to having seen innings of baseball much like what just unfolded, all season long.

“That is the story to our season,” Holdsworth said after his squad squandered a 4-0 first-inning lead to fall to 3-11. “Tonight's outcome was very similar to many games we have played throughout the first half of the season.

“At times we have played very clean baseball, certainly good enough to get the job done. At other times we hurt ourselves with walks, and we give up hits late in games.”

However, Holdsworth expected some growing pains with a remarkably young cast of talent, forced to step in for a quality group of graduated veterans.

“We have had our moments,” Holdsworth said. “We're seeing consistent improvement, but bridging the gap to finding winning baseball a full seven innings has yet to happen.”

Thursday against Lawrenceburg, Greensburg chased Tigers starter Jordan Houze after just a third of an inning, scoring four runs on three hits, a pair of walks, a hit batsman, two errors and a wild pitch. That's a mouthful, and yes four runs perhaps could have loomed larger if not for a base-running gaffe.

All the while, Tyler Brown, who in his last outing against a very good Columbus North team nearly hurled an upset victory, was pitching outs. Backed by a strong defense up the middle, Brown yielded just a game-opening hit the first three innings, and at one point set down seven Tigers in succession.

In the fourth the game unraveled for Brown and the Pirates. Two walks and a trio of hits scored three runs for the Tigers, and forced Holdsworth to go with Grant Ricketts. Ricketts worked out of the fourth, but back-to-back walks in the fifth led to the game-tying run.

Greensburg regained the lead in its half of the fifth when Austin Kane blasted a run-scoring triple to right-center field, but the sixth proved to be a complete disaster. After Ricketts gave up a ringing single to the Tigers' Grant Bradley to start the sixth, Holdsworth brought in Austin Cole, who immediately was met by a Clay Woeste double. A 2-run single by Ben Murphy gave Lawrenceburg the lead for good, and before the inning was over the Tigers tacked on three more runs for a 9-5 lead.

“We are making progress,” Holdsworth said. “Every game it seems to be just one or two moments that lead to problems.”

Lawrenceburg tacked on a 10th run in the top of the seventh, and Greensburg used two walks and a hit batsman to score a sixth run before the Tigers' Michael Turner closed the door.

Greensburg closed with five hits, two of which came from Kane, who singled to go with his triple and walked twice. Tucker Bailey doubled, with Chancey Holdsworth and Chase Springmeyer each serving singles. 

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