Richard Stroud

Grove Sun

GROVE – A game that had been a pitcher’s duel for five innings turned into a rout with one swing of the bat on a cold, windy day at Jim Beauchamp Field Tuesday. Colton Nevel’s two-run home run off the left field scoreboard sparked a five run sixth inning for the Catoosa Indians, leading to a 9-1 win over the Ridgerunners. Nevel’s blast off Grove reliever Ty Morrow made the score 3-0 at the time. The Indians would go on to add three more runs in the inning – two on a single by third baseman Matt Shepard – for a 6-0 lead. On the other side the Ridgerunner bats could never solve Catoosa pitcher Austin Potter. Potter pitched a complete game, striking out eight and allowing just one walk and three hits in getting the first win of the season for the Indians (1-2). Grove (1-4) got its only run of the game on an RBI single by catcher Trent Phillips in the sixth inning. The line drive to center field scored second baseman Zac Knox, who doubled with one out. The Ridgerunners advanced a runner as far as second on just two other occasions. The first came in the second when Grove starter Gibson Russ singled to lead off the inning then advanced to second on a Phillips’s groundout. Phillips reached second on a throwing error after hitting a grounder to shortstop in the fourth inning. Russ matched Potter’s performance for the first three innings of the game, allowing just two hits and two walks and a lone run in the fourth inning before being lifted. Leading 6-1 in the top of the seventh, the Indians would add three more runs to end any hopes of a Grove comeback. Both teams are scheduled to be back in action today, weather permitting. The Indians are hosting the Vinita Hornets, while Grove will host Delaware County rival the Jay Bulldogs at 4:30.