By Mark Carpenter
It’s still early but if one preseason game is any indication, the Manchester Greyhounds baseball squad should be much improved this season, especially in the pitching staff. The Hounds traveled to New Boston last Friday afternoon for a preseason scrimmage and came out with a 6-4 win as four Manchester hurlers combined to hold the Tigers hitless.
Hunter Conley, Tyler Brummett, Sean Frost, and Bill Hackathorn combined to fire six no-hit frames and strikeout as the Hounds hit the field against an actual opponent on a day where the weather actually allowed it.
Manchester took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Leevi Francis singled, stole second, and scored on a base hit by Frost. In the fourth, Nick Hoskins singled and later came around to score to give the Hounds a 2-0 lead. The Tigers rallied against Brummett in the bottom of the fifth, taking advantage of the Manchester pitcher’s wildness to plate two unearned runs without the benefit of a base hit.
The Greyhounds took the lead for good in the sixth when Conley reached on an error, moved to second on a single by Brandon Saunders, and scored on a base hit by Mason Applegate. Later in the inning, Cole Hensley stroked a two-run double to left field to give Manchester a 5-2 advantage and they would hold on to win 6-4.
Frost and Conley were dominant for the first four innings, combining for 8 strikeouts and allowing no runs. Brummett and Hackathorn each gave up two runs but each struck out the side in their inning of work.
The Greyhounds are scheduled to open their regular season next Monday (March 31) when they host Portsmouth Clay.