Richard Stroud

Grove Sun

GROVE – For the second day in a row the Grove Ridgerunners found plenty of offense, scoring double-digit runs in back-to-back games for the first time all season. Unfortunately, on Tuesday they couldn’t stop the Locust Grove Pirates. In a game that featured four lead changes, it was the Pirates who took control for good, holding the Ridgerunners to one run over the final three innings to get a 14-12 win. The Pirates got things started early, taking advantage of three walks issued by Grove starter Tyler Crossley to score three runs in the opening frame. Treston Beene, who went 5-for-5 on the day, drove in two of those runs with a wind-blown bloop double to center field to make the score 3-0. Buck Maples led off the bottom of the inning with a single and would eventually score on a wild pitch, but the Ridgerunners wouldn’t get their offense going until the third inning. Trailing 4-1 at that point, Maples led off the inning by reaching on an error on a grounder to shortstop. Zac Knox and Bryce Davenport followed with walks to load the bases, followed by a two-run single by cleanup hitter Trent Phillips. Adam Steffenson followed with a sacrifice fly to score Davenport and tie the game. Gibson Russ then drove in Phillips with a single to give Grove its first lead of the game at 5-4. T.J. Stephens then blasted a double into the left centerfield wall for Grove’s final run of the frame. The Pirates (9-4) would bounce back with a five spot of their own. John Stanglin cleared a bases loaded situation with a double to make it 7-6 Locust Grove. He was followed by Cody Jenkins, who hit the first of his two home runs on the day to stretch the Pirates lead to 9-6. The Ridgerunners (10-12) would take advantage of a pair of Pirate errors in the bottom of the fourth for another big inning. Grove got an RBI single from Davenport and a two-run single from Stephens as part of another five-run frame to take an 11-9 lead. The Pirates pulled within one in the top of the fifth with a pair of sacrifice flies after loading the bases. The Ridgerunners had their own bases loaded opportunity in the bottom of the inning. But Grove could only manage one run on a ground out by Davenport, as Locust Grove reliever Chase Knott got out of the jam. That would be Grove’s last, best chance to score. After the Pirates got two more runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead, Grove could only manage one more base runner in their final two at-bats. Jenkins would add his second home run of the game, a solo shot to left centerfield, for the final margin.