TORI J. NORRIS/THE GREENVILLE STANDARD
The Butler County baseball teams met together last Saturday for their annual round robin.
The Georgiana Panthers beat the McKenzie Tigers, 8-7, in the first game of the round robin. Following that game, the McKenzie Tigers played the Greenville Tigers. Greenville won that game in the fifth inning 14-3.
The last game of the day was between Georgiana and Greenville. Greenville won this game as well 23-3 in the fifth inning.
“This is a good chance to get all the county schools together,” said McKenzie Coach Tony Norris. “It is also good for us to be able to get two games in against two different teams. This is also one of the only chances I was able to play one of the county because of scheduling conflicts.”
Georgiana Head Coach Ken Hamilton also believes it is good for the county schools to match up. “It is fun for the athletes, but the parents and fans really seem to enjoy the local rivalry.”
After coming off a 28-9 loss to Straughn last Thursday, Coach Hunter Armstrong was happy to see his team bounce back.
“We talked about you have to have to give it all you got when you play,” said Coach Armstrong. “I was glad to see the guys bounce back and come out fighting.”
“We have to get a whole lot better team wise, before we play our area games,” said Coach Norris. “We have to figure out what players need to be in what positions and be consistent in those roles. This is the only way we can get our defense solid.”
Coach Hamilton says his team is still learning how to finish games. “We just need to continue to work the process of improving and understand that we have to focus from first pitch to last.”