Richard Stroud

Grove Sun

GROVE - Scoring early and then pouring it on late, the Grove Ridgerunners run-ruled the Oologah Mustangs 10-2 to win their second game of the Grand Lake Baseball Classic on Thursday. The Ridgerunners (12-12) scored three times in the second inning, loading the bases on a single by Gibson Russ and back-to-back walks by Adam Steffenson and Erick Ryan. Grove then scored its first run of the day thanks to a Mustang error. After Kyle Summerfield missed on a bunt attempt Russ looked to be caught in a rundown between third and home. But an errant throw by the Oologah catcher allowed Russ to score the game’s first run. Buck Maples and Zac Knox then followed with singles to drive in Steffenson and Ryan and make the score 3-0. Oologah would get two runs back in the top of the third, but a T.J. Stephens single would score Trent Phillips and make the score 4-2 after three innings. Grove would then break the game open in the fifth inning. Phillips reached on an infield single with one out, followed by a single to centerfield by Stephens. The Oologah centerfielder then tried to get Phillips at third, only to have the throw go into the Grove dugout, scoring Phillips and allowing Stephens to reach third. Russ would follow with a single to drive in Stephens before Ryan and Summerfield hit back-to-back RBI doubles to make the score 8-2. Grove would finish off the Mustangs in the sixth with two more runs. Starting pitcher Bryce Davenport hit a one-out double to left field followed by an infield single by Phillips. Kaden Livermore, running for Davenport, would later score on a wild pitch, and Stephens would lift a sacrifice fly to right field to score Phillips and end the game. Davenport pitched a complete game effort for the Ridgerunners, allowing four hits and striking out five in six innings of work. Grove will play again at 5 p.m. today against Tulsa Edison.