"He was around the zone a whole lot," said Beckley Coach Mark Daniel, who is in his 13th season guiding the Flying Eagles. "We knew we could bunt. We spend hours everyday, bunting, squeezing, slapping and we know one through nine can bunt."
Protecting a seven-run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, rain coming down and dark, ominous skies rolling over the field, Beckley bunted three consecutive batters to end the inning quickly and beat the weather.
Riverside managed to bring a run across in the seventh with the help of a Chaz Davis double and a wild pitch as the rain continued.
However, Greco closed it out with a strikeout, completing a five-hitter with 11 strikeouts and one walk - which came in the final inning.
"(The three-run homer) was the turning point of the game," Greco said. "I think when it got into the fifth and sixth inning, all they wanted to do is kill the ball.
"It was just curveball, curveball, fastball. Curveball, curveball, fastball. It was pretty easy."
Riverside loaded the bases in the first inning on a first-pitch single by Derik Chestnut, a hit by Brady Wilkinson and the first two catcher's interference calls on Beckley catcher Daniel Rose. However, Greco got Chaz Davis to ground out.
The Warriors got the lead runner on in the second and third innings, only to come up short.
"Hat's off to Greco, he threw a heck of a game," Hawkins said. "We came out and I thought our plate approaches were really good the first three innings. We had runners on the first three innings and we couldn't get them in. We got down 3-0 and I think we panicked a little bit. We tried to do too much at the plate and we overwhelmed ourselves, something that is uncharacteristic of us."
NOTES: In Beckley's last two appearances at the State Tournament, Jefferson won the Class AAA championship (2005 and 2007). In 2005, Fairmont Senior topped Beckley 5-4 in the semifinals. In 2007, Beckley defeated Nitro 8-7 in eight innings before losing to the Cougars 11-4. Both seasons, Daniel's team finished with 18 victories (18-11 in 2005 and 18-11-1 in 2007). This year, the Eagles won't be sharing the field which Jefferson, which was eliminated in the regional semifinal by Hedgesville. Beckley is 20-10, its best record going into the State Tournament under Daniel, who took over as coach in 2001.
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