Big Baseball Battle in the ‘Boro:Grimsley slips past Dudley, 7-6

HS Baseball Final from downtown Greensboro, on a nice warm Thursday evening:
Grimsley 7, Dudley 6
LP:Savoi Edwards
Dudley was up/ahead 5-4, when I rolled in, and then the Grimsley Whirlies went to work and grabbed a 7-5 lead, as things went to the Top of the Seventh Inning…
That’s when Dudley’s Nigel Robinson hit a long bomb, for a solo HR to left field, and that cut the lead to 7-6, Grimsley, and the Whirlies held on to capture the victory….
With Dudley at the plate, in the Top of the 7th, we had a called strike three, on the Dudley batter, but it was a foul tip that the Grimsley catcher dropped and then he tagged the Dudley batter out, for what many thought was out #2, but the umpires talked it over, and ruled it was a foul ball all the way, and even after a good argument from the Grimsley skipper Jason Simmons, the call stood, and the Dudley batter remained at the plate, and I am thinking that Dudley batter was Robinson, who ended up hitting the HR shot to left field….

Solid game for the part I took in, and very nice night for some outdoor recreation, at First National Bank Field, home of the Grimsley Whirlies, and home of the Greensboro Grasshoppers…

More Scores from Thursday:
Smith 15, High Point Andrews 3
Page 15, Greater Vision Academy 1
Uwharrie Charter 17, Caldwell Academy 5
Rockingham County 10, McMichael 6

from Wednesday night, an interesting story…..
Controversy erupts at Southern Alamance HS baseball game when ump ejects Eastern Randolph assistant coach which then results in dismissal of team’s head coach, as well
By Bob Sutton
Special to The Alamance News

The feel-good vibes regarding Brent Haynes returning to Southern Alamance as a first-year head coach with the visiting team didn’t last all of Wednesday night.

By the end, Haynes wasn’t part of the baseball game, either.

That was just part of the fallout from Southern’s 17-11 non-conference victory against Eastern Randolph.

The Patriots used a nine-run sixth inning to secure the result. Haynes, who’s in his first season with Eastern Randolph, was dismissed by the umpire after a sequence that turned out to help Southern pick up a couple of runs.

“It’s tough to come back here and get run,” Haynes said of his premature departure, using a baseball term for an ejection.

Eastern Randolph led 9-6 going to the bottom of the fourth. The Wildcats appeared to get out of the inning unscathed when Southern’s Nathan Teague was called out at third base on an attempt to steal a base.

But Southern coach Jason Smith asked the umpires to confer, and the base umpire’s ruling was overturned.

That enraged the Eastern Randolph coaching staff.

Matters became worse for the Wildcats, who had to return to the field from their dugout, when Braxton Cain’s at-bat was extended and he delivered a two-out, two-run single.

Prior to the top of the fifth, Eastern Randolph’s ongoing complaints drew a warning from the umpire, and then assistant coach Logan Beasley was ejected.

With that, based on high school rules, the head coach is also dismissed, so Haynes was gone as well.

“I hate that it went down like that,” said Smith, who was Haynes’ high school coach.

Afterward, Haynes remained perturbed with the changed call and a list of other gripes.

“There is no way a home plate umpire can overturn a stolen base,” Haynes said. “It was kind of embarrassing.”