After spending the last part of Spring Break in southeastern Oklahoma the Ridgerunner baseball team returned to Green Country Monday evening and downed the Pryor Tigers 5-4 in Pryor.
Last Thursday and Friday saw the Grove team at the Durant Tournament. The Ridgerunners’ trip to “Little Dixie” was a mixed bag; Grove dropped Hugo 17-3 but fell to tournament host Durant 9-8.
Monday evening’s game with Pryor saw the Ridgerunners put up a big sixth inning to claim their sixth win of the season. Grove now stands at 6-5 for the year.
Grove began the sixth inning Monday night trailing 3-1. Senior Corey Davenport led the inning off with a walk and senior Tyler Dodson followed with a single. Sophomore Jake Martin was inserted as a pinch runner for Dodson.
Junior T.J. Griffith then took a walk to load the bases for pitcher Alex Hinman, a senior. Hinman found an empty spot in center field and drove in Davenport and Martin with the tying runs.
Senior Jesse Hale was the next batter and he kept the Ridgerunner resurgence alive with a double to center field that drove in Griffith. Hinman made a game effort for home as well but was ruled out at the plate.
Junior Tyler Spychalski kept the hits coming for the Ridgerunners with a single. The Tigers called time and put a new pitcher on the mound.
The Ridgerunners wasted little time initiating the fresh arm as senior J.C. Housley sent a hit through the infield that drove in Hale and placed himself on first base. Spychalski was caught out on the fielder’s choice.
The inning came to a merciful end for Pryor when senior catcher Eric Brixey grounded out but the damage had been done and Grove was now up 5-3.
The Tigers tried to mount a comeback in the bottom of the sixth. Two singles and a sacrifice bunt earned Pryor a run. But excellent infield work by Grove second baseman Zac Knox, a freshman, and third baseman Griffith saw Pryor leave two men stranded, one in scoring position, at the end of the inning.
The Ridgerunner bats had a three and out seventh inning. Hale moved to the mound for the final frame in relief of Hinman. The Grove defense took the Tigers on a three and out spree with the final out coming by strikeout.
Hinman picked up the win and faced 29 batters in six innings of play. Hinman recorded two strikeouts, gave up nine hits, and no walks.
Hale was credited with the save and faced three batters in one inning with one strikeout.
Spychalski went 2 for 3 and earned a run when he stole home in the fifth inning off of a Pryor wild pitch.
Hale went 1 for 3 with a double, a run, and an RBI.
Hinman went 1 for 3 with 2 RBI’s.
Brixey went 1 for 4 with a double in the third inning.
The Ridgerunners keep the highway hot today with a trip to Owasso for a 4:30 date. Grove ends the week with trips to Rogers, AR and Pleasant Hill, MO on Friday the 28th and Saturday the 29th, respectively.
The Ridgerunners return to Beauchamp field on Tuesday April 1 for a re-match with the Tigers. That game is set to begin at 4:30 PM.