Richard Stroud

Grove Sun

VINITA After struggling for three games at the Tiger/Zebra Classic in Pryor over the weekend, the Grove Ridgerunners broke out in a big way on Monday, getting 13 hits, including three home runs, in an 11-6 win over the Vinita Hornets. Buck Maples led the way for the Ridgerunners with solo home runs in his first two at-bats of the game. His second home run to left field gave Grove (10-11) a 3-2 lead after the first two frames. The Ridgerunners would extend their lead to 5-2 on a two-run home run by catcher Adam Steffenson in the top of the third inning. After Bryce Davenport added an RBI groundout in the top of the fourth inning to stretch the lead to 6-2, it appeared Grove was on its way to a big win over Vinita for the second time this season. But the Hornets would come back in the bottom of the fourth. Cameron Parnell led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch, followed by a sacrifice bunt, a double and a triple to score two runs and cut the lead to 6-4. Logan Downing then followed with a bunt single down the third base line to bring home another run before Parker Hollabaugh evened the score with a double to left field. Ty Morrow would come on in relief for the Ridgerunners, getting the final out of the inning. Morrow would prove to be a difference maker for Grove down the stretch, pitching three and a third scoreless innings, allowing just two hits for the remainder of the game. The Ridgerunners, meanwhile, were nowhere near done offensively. Steffenson led off the fifth with his third hit of the game and, after two outs and an intentional walk to Maples, Zac Knox and Davenport followed with a bloop double and a single, respectively, to score two more runs and give the Ridgerunners the lead for good. Grove would score three more runs in the seventh inning thanks to Davenport, who drove in a pair with a double to the centerfield wall before scoring himself on a wild pitch. Davenport finished with four RBIs on the afternoon, while Maples went three-for-three at the plate with a pair of walks, scoring on all five plate appearances. Steffenson finished with three runs batted in for Grove, who will play again this afternoon at 4:30 against Locust Grove.