The Bush Hogs of Clinton scored nine runs in the third inning while plowing over Greers Ferry 14-4 in the winners’ bracket final on Saturday at the 14U USSSA district tournament.

The Bush Hogs of Clinton scored nine runs in the third inning while plowing over Greers Ferry 14-4 in the winners’ bracket final on Saturday at the 14U USSSA district tournament.
Greers Ferry (24-3) romped Rose Bud 10-0 on Friday and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Saturday but Clinton countered with five runs in the top of the second and never looked back.
The Eagles, who won the USSSA 12-team state tournament two weeks ago, must battle out of the losers’ bracket to have a chance to claim the title.
Blaine Hipp pitched around a one-out single in the top of the first while holding the Bush Hogs scoreless. Then Hipp sparked Greers Ferry’s two-run bottom half by drawing a leadoff walk.
Hipp moved to second on a hit-and-run groundout by Dalton Treece and scored when Mason Treece drove an RBI double to left center. Mason Treece moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Hayden Gilmore’s RBI chopper to third base. Treece beat the throw to the plate as Gilmore reached on the fielder’s choice. But, Gilmore was eventually stranded at second as Clinton starting pitcher Avery Bramlett retired two straight, including one by strikeout.
Trailing 2-0, the Bush Hogs scored five runs on four hits in the top of the second, starting when Tristan Roberson roped a leadoff triple to the alley in right center. With runners at the corners, Roberson scored on an errant throw then Tate Grissom pulled an RBI single over third base and down the left field line, scoring Brayden Prater, who worked a full-count walk.
Tied at 2-all, Travis Farmer beat out an infield single on a chopper deep in the hole on the left side, causing Greers Ferry to relieve Hipp with Dalton Treece. After walking Tyler Huggins, Treece recorded two consecutive strikeouts but Grissom scored on a passed ball before Mason Keeling delivered a two-out, 2 RBI single up the middle, scoring Farmer and Huggins.
Now trailing 5-2, Treece ended the Bush Hogs’ at-bat with a strikeout and the Eagles battled back with a run in the bottom of the second when Hipp laced a two-out RBI double to center, which scored Randon Carlton, who walked with one out.
With runners at first and second, Bramlett escaped further damage when Mason Treece lined out to center and Clinton exploded with nine runs on five hits in the top of the third.
Bramlett started the Bush Hogs’ onslaught by crushing a leadoff triple to deep center and scoring when the relay throw to third base bounced out of play. After Dylan Tobin and Dakota Mooney drew two straight walks and Roberson beat out an infield single to load the bases, Prater lined a 2 RBI single past second, scoring Tobin and Mooney.
Treece fired back with a strikeout but Farmer reached on an error as Roberson scored. Following another strikeout, Jadon Price-Lennings drove home Prater with an RBI single, giving Clinton a 10-3 lead and forcing the Eagles to relieve Treece with Gilmore.
The Bush Hogs continued to pour it on as Hunter McHam and Keeling walked, while Farmer scored on a passed ball and Price-Lennings scored on a balk. McHam then scored as Greers Ferry failed to execute a run-down play then Bramlett lifted an RBI single to center, scoring Keeling as Clinton’s lead grew to 14-3 before Gilmore retired Tobin on a chopper to Hipp at shortstop.
Greers Ferry scratched across a run in the bottom of the third as Payden Stewart worked a full-count walk and scored on an RBI groundout off the bat of Tanner Sawrie. But, Bramlett limited the Eagles to only one run, using a strikeout to leave a runner stranded at third.
Gilmore sat down the Bush Hogs in order in the top of the fourth but down to its final three cracks, Tobin relieved Bramlett and pitched out of trouble in the bottom half, holding the Eagles scoreless despite a single from Hipp and walks drawn by Dalton Treece and Gilmore.