Greenbrier tops Portland in lightning-shortened game

Greenbrier catcher Luke Jones puts the tag on Portland’s Cade Box.

The Greenbrier Bobcats took a 7-2 win over the Portland Panthers in the East Robertson Classic after the game was called in the top of the fourth inning due to lightning.

“We came out after a tough loss, we put some runs together, and jumped out ahead,” Greenbrier coach Justin Alberson stated. “I'm proud of our guys after they overcame the first loss (to Knights Academy in the tournament). We  came back and got our mind right and started putting some hits and runs together.”

However, before the game was called, there was plenty of action. Portland started fast out of the gate. Brandon Dover and Alex Meador each scored runs to give Portland a 2-0 lead.

However, the Greenbrier bats heated up with a seven-run second inning. Tanner Mellinger got the Bobcat scoring started with an RBI single, followed by an RBI single by Travis Arms, an error that scored Tristen Merithew and a wild pitch that allowed Mellinger to score and give Greenbrier a 4-2 lead.

In the next at-bat, Stoney Smith jacked a three-run home run to cap the Bobcat scoring and chase Portland pitcher Mason Elliott, who lasted one-and-a-third innings, for relief pitcher Tyler Dillard.

After a scoreless third inning, the game was called in the top of the fourth due to lightning strikes.

Carson Davenport picked up the win for Greenbrier. He pitched three innings and gave up three hits and two runs while striking out one batter.

"The second inning they responded, and did a good job on us,” Portland coach Justin Martin said. “Then the weather got us. Lightning came in and the trainer called it. Now we just got to get out of here and be safe.”

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