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GREEENVILLE – After playing one of their worst games of the entire season, the Grainger Grizzlies bounced back in Wednesday’s second game of the District 2-AA baseball tournament with a 4-2 win over Claiborne to remain alive in the post-season.

The second-seeded Grizzlies were stunned in the first game 9-0 by Chuckey-Doak in the tournament being played at Tusculum which dropped them into the losers’ bracket game later in the day. Grainger responded by riding sophomore pitcher Brady Smith’s arm to the victory. He pitched a complete game to pick up his eighth win of the season on the mound for the Grizz. Aaron Roach went 2-for-4 and Eli May drove in a crucial run. Also adding a clutch hit was senior catcher Sawyer Stout.

Grainger will face another elimination game on Thursday at noon as they face either Greeneville of Chuckey-Doak. If they win that one, they will advance to the championship game at 2:30 and would look to force a second and deciding game on Friday at 7 p.m.