After almost two hours, Greenwood and Southside stood at an 11-11 tie on Tuesday after five innings.
Then Greenwood put up a seven-run top of the sixth to pull away for 18-11 victory in 7A/6A-Central play.
Greenwood led 7-0 early before Southside slowly and surely chipped away to tie the game. The Bulldogs wound up with 21 hits and took advantage of poor defensive play by Southside to pull away.
“I thought we were playing slow-pitch softball today,” Greenwood coach Ronnie Sockey said. “Southside made a few mistakes early and we took advantage of it to build the early lead. But then we made some mistakes and they took advantage of it to get back in the game. I was glad to see that we answered the challenge a little bit after they came back to tie it.”
Greenwood (5-1, 1-0) was led in hitting by Abby Lejong, who was 4-of-5 with two doubles, three runs and three RBIs. Leadoff hitter Mikayleigh Davis had four hits and scored three runs, Kelsey Knox had three hits with a double and freshman catcher Sydney Parker had four hits and made an outstanding diving catch on defense.
Southside (2-2, 0-1) also hit the ball hard. Andee Tiffee was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and hit a home run to right field. Paige Mendoza had three hits including a double and a triple. Jessica Mendoza and Gracie Harvey both had triples and Lindsey Eveld had a double.
Tiffee, an outstanding pitcher last year, had elbow surgery in the offseason and can’t pitch this year but was able to play first base.
“We hit the ball well off a pretty good pitcher, and we kept battling to come back and and tie it up after we were down 7-0 early,” Southside coach Cassy Story said. “Those are good things we can build on. But we have to play a lot better than that defensively. Our pitchers are going to throw strikes and keep the ball in play, but we have to make the defensive play to stay out of the big innings.”