Five errors cost Clintwood plenty at Union

Dave Ongie • Apr 12, 2013 at 11:49 AM

BIG STONE GAP — This season is Clintwood’s last chance to win the school’s first Lonesome Pine District baseball championship.

And with a talented roster, it’s also one of the Greenwave’s best shots in recent memory.

So it’s understandable that Clintwood coach Jerry Stanley was frustrated after Friday’s 10-7 loss to Union.

Five errors and an ill-timed baserunning blunder didn’t just cost his players a game, it also cost them a chance to put themselves in the driver’s seat in the district title race.

“We’ve never won an LPD title since ’58,” Stanley said. “For us to miss this opportunity, it was a golden opportunity.”

Coming off an emotional win over Central on Thursday night, Clintwood had the chance to finish its first round through the league with a perfect 3-0 record.

The Greenwave started off on the right foot. Their first two hitters of the game — Dylan Dahley and Gavin Meade — reached base and scored to give them a 2-0 lead.

But Clintwood’s grip on the game unraveled quickly from there. A slew of errors and some timely hitting by Union put the Bears up 10-2 through four innings of play.

“This little team will make you proud as pie one minute and they’ll break your heart the next,” Stanley said.

For the complete story on Clintwood's ill-fated visit to Buster Taylor Field, see Saturday's Kingsport Times-News. It's good stuff.

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