GROVE – An infield single by Adam Steffenson brought home Trent Phillips with the winning run as the Grove Ridgerunners outlasted the Claremore Sequoyah Eagles 8-7 in the opening game of the Grand Lake Baseball Classic.
In a back-and-forth affair it was the Ridgerunners who had the last shot as Steffenson's grounder to second base was just enough for Phillips to beat the throw home for the final tally.
Grove (11-12) led 2-0 after three innings, only to watch the Eagles score four in the top of the fourth to take the lead. The Ridgerunners would respond with three more in the bottom of the fourth for a 5-4 lead and, after the Eagles got two more in the top of the fifth to retake the lead, tied the game at sixwhen pinch runner Bryce Armstrong scored on a wild pitch.
Claremore Sequoyah got an RBI single in the top of the sixth to take the lead once again, but Buck Maples countered with a single of his own in the bottom of the frame to score Steffenson and tie the game.
Ridgerunner reliever Kyle Summerfield, who got the final out in the sixth inning, retired the Eagles in order in the seventh. Trent Phillips reached on an infield error to lead off the bottom of the seventh, followed by walks to T.J. Stephens and Gibson Russ to load the bases, setting up Steffenson's heroics.
The Ridgerunners, who won despite stranding 12 runners in the game, will play again today at 5 p.m. against Oologah.