Meridian Star


April 18, 2014

Enterprise edges Clarkdale, 2-0; Clarkdale eliminated from playoffs

MERIDIAN — CLARKDALE — Enterprise High School's pitcher Garrett Glenn tossed seven scoreless innings in helping lift EHS past Clarkdale High School, 2-0, in District 5-2A action Thursday.

Enterprise (18-4-1, 8-2) entered the contest hopeful of claiming district title honors with a win and a Union High School upset over Lake High School, but the Bulldogs will have to settle for second place as Lake defeated Union.

"We competed tonight," Enterprise coach John Welch said. "We played really well defensively. And Clarkdale competed their butts off tonight. They're a good baseball team; they're a great program."  

With the loss, Clarkdale (10-2, 5-5) is eliminated from playoff contention.

"It hurts," Clarkdale coach Scott Gibson said. "But we went out there and competed with great effort."

Glenn (4-1) limited CHS to just two hits while striking out five batters, and he said he’s encouraged about the team's prospects in the playoffs.

"First couple of innings, I struggled real bad," Glenn said. "But I was able to find it ... Second seed is pretty good, but I think this team has got something going right now."

Added Welch, "Garrett Glenn pitched as good as he can pitch. He started off shaky in the beginning, but kept competing. He struggled finishing games earlier in the year, but tonight he finished strong. I was really proud of him."

Enterprise scored both of its runs in the fifth inning when Brady Bilello lined a run-scoring single to center and later scored on Hunter Harper's double, with the visiting Bulldogs’ dugout exploding with excitement on each run scored.

"It matters to these kids," Welch said. "They work hard. We talk about that every day. If you're going to work as hard as we work, it's got to matter to you. That's why you see the excitement, and I love the excitement. In order for us to stay good, we have to stay excited."

For Clarkdale, sophomore pitcher Parker Chaney allowed just four hits and struck out five batters.

"He went toe-to-toe with a great arm," Gibson said. "I'm proud of him. When he figures out how good he can be, he's going to be something. We just have to get him there."

With the win, Enterprise moves to 2-0 against rival Clarkdale this season.

"(The rivalry) is real big," Bilello said. "This win is big — it's two close schools. There's a lot of great competition between the two teams."

With only one senior on the current roster for Clarkdale, there appears to be good days ahead for the home Bulldogs.

"We're young," Gibson said. "But we haven't used that as for an excuse all year. The future is bright — it's very bright. They compete, and they play hard. They have a good idea of what's going on. We're going to get there."

Clarkdale hosts Stringer High School Saturday, while Enterprise welcomes Lumberton High School Saturday.

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