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Bulldog pitching starts off strong

<p>PHOTO BY MICHAEL STROMLEY</p><p>Jake Herrel, SP</p><p>Greenwood Bulldogs</p>

PHOTO BY MICHAEL STROMLEY

Jake Herrel, SP

Greenwood Bulldogs

<p>PHOTO BY MICHAEL STROMLEY</p><p>Cole Jenkins, SP</p><p>Parkview Patriots</p>

PHOTO BY MICHAEL STROMLEY

Cole Jenkins, SP

Parkview Patriots

The 2014 Greenwood Bulldog Baseball season officially started last Friday at home against the Little Rock Parkview Patriots.

Jake Herrel started on the mound and pitched four excellent innings. He faced 17 batters and sat six of them down on strikeouts, walked four and only allowed two hits. When Tanner Cooper came out to relieve, the Bulldogs held a 2-0 lead.

Max Higgins and Jonathan Clemons both scored in the second inning.

Cooper earned the save in the seventh as the Bulldogs only hit through six. Both Herrel and Cooper had six strikeouts each.

Cole Jenkins, the pitcher for the Patriots, earned two runs but threw 13 strikeouts and 129 total pitches while facing 28 batters.

Jonathan Clemons led the Bulldogs with a .667 AVG, 2 stolen bases, a run and an RBI.

On Monday, Greenwood was home again, this time against Poteau. Chris Sunde pitched a complete game, allowing no runs and only three hits. The Bulldogs brought in nine runners in an excellent show of base running.

Kayden Evans, the pitcher for Poteau, struggled through five innings, throwing 62% of his pitches across the plate. He allowed nine hits and an ERA of 9.80.

Max Higgins and Jake Freeman scored twice each for the Bulldogs while five others scored a run. Garrett Smith had two stolen bases and Greenwood hit five solid doubles in their domination of Poteau.

The next game for the Greenwood Bulldogs is at Southside on March 18.

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