Bellevue Reds Compete in Tournament
By Donna Greek
Special to BSW
The Bellevue Reds traveled to Pulaski to participate in the state tournament, playing two lopsided games before losing a close contest to Giles County.
The first game, a pool game did not feature many highlights for the Reds, other than Joseph Derrick pitching a complete game in a 10-0 loss to Maury County.
Colin Strickmaker got a nice hit in the 2nd inning for the Reds.
The second game pool game was once ended by mercy rule, only this time it was the Reds who came out on to in a 14-3 win over Franklin’s Generals.
Strong pitching performances by Andrew Dixon and Drew Hull -propelled the Reds.
Hayden Campbell was awesome at the plate for the Rreds, getting a single in the 1st, a triple in the 3rd, and a double in the 5th.
Lofton Greek smashed a triple in 3rd inning knocking in two runs and had a strong showing at 2nd base throughout the game.
Third game kicked off the state tournament play. In the first round game against Giles County, the Reds started off strong with the first three batters scoring.
Shortstop Zach Labadie, third baseman Daniel Lynch, and pitcher Matt Donlon all scored for the Reds, with catcher Hayden Campbell getting an RBI.
Outstanding defensive plays were made in the 4th inning by left-fielder who Lofton Greek caught a long ball with players in scoring position to keep the game close for the Reds.
Zach Labadie, who initially bobbled a grounder, kept his composure and got the out at 2nd.
Matt Donlon turning the play into a double-play by throwing out speedster Omar Bryant from Giles County as he tried to score at home ending the inning and keeping the game locked at 4-4.
Unfortunately for the Reds, their offense stalled and Giles County would go on to score three more runs, handing the Reds a 7-4 loss in six innings.
These are a wonderful group of boys who win and lose with grace and we are so proud of them and their consistent effort and positive attitudes.