Green Wave top Commodores to clinch playoff spot

West Point pitcher Seth Edwards stares down the batter in a recent game (Stephany Watson/Courtesy)
By: 
RYAN PHILLIPS
editor@dailytimesleader.com

Despite five errors, the West Point High School Green Wave relied on offense and slapped 11 hits on its way to a 7-5 road win over district foe Lafayette on Thursday.

The win over the Commodores clinched the Green Wave’s first playoff berth since 2011 and improved the team’s record to 9-10 overall and 4-2 in the district.

The victory also represents the first time this year the Greenies have swept the home and away contests with a district team.

The Green Wave jumped out to score four runs in the first and never relinquished its lead, despite the Commodores answering with two in the bottom half of the first.

Jake Chambless started on the mound for the Green Wave and finished with the win, despite only throwing one and a third innings on 41 pitches.

Over his short outing, Chambless allowed one hit, two earned runs, walked four and fanned one.

Seth Edwards would then take over and throw two and two-thirds innings before being subbed out by Gray Berry, who finished the game.

Berry would get the most work on the hill for the Green Wave, giving up three hits and one earned run, while walking two and striking out five on 61 pitches.

Berry sparked the big first inning for West Point with a single to left, before making it to third on a Roe Ketchum single to right field.

Davion Goree was hit by a pitch in the following at bat to load the bases and Marquez Carter would walk in the next at bat to bring the first run across for the Green Wave.

B.R. Watson would then single on a line drive to right to score Ketchum and Goree to extend the Greenies’ lead to three in the top half of the first frame.

Baker Watson rounded out the inning with a sacrifice grounder to score Carter.

Overall, B.R. Watson scattered three hits in four at-bats, driving in a game-high two RBI.

Chambless and Brandon Lairy also contributed two hits each, while Edwards, Berry, Ketchum, and Goree rounded out the Green Wave’s hit total with one each.

The Green Wave will travel to West Lowndes on Monday, April 9 at 5 p.m.

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