GROVE – The Miami Wardogs got a measure of revenge on Thursday at the Grand Lake Baseball Classic in Grove.
After falling to the host Ridgerunners 6-3 in the third place game of the Tiger-Zebra Classic in Claremore Saturday, the Wardogs got a strong performance from Cole Young both on the mound and at the plate to win by the same score on Thursday at the Grove Sports Complex.
Young pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and five walks while striking out 10 to get the win. He also helped himself out at plate, going 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs, including a two-run home run in the top of the seventh for the final margin of victory.
Justin Tesreau’s RBI triple to the left field wall put Grove (11-8) up 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning. The Wardogs (10-7), after failing to score with the bases loaded in the top of the first, would take advantage of their opportunities in the third inning when Young’s RBI single scored Colt Summers to tie the score. Young was thrown out at second, but the throw allowed Tyler Perry to score the go-ahead run from third to give Miami a 2-1 lead.
Nick Allen would walk to lead off the fourth and eventually score on a wild pitch to extend Miami’s lead to 3-1 before the Ridgerunners rallied in the bottom of the inning. Ty Phillips got things started with a one-out base hit. Trent Lyle followed with a walk and RBI singles by Kody Stephenson and Gibson Russ tied the score.
But Grove left the bases loaded as Young got back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning. Miami would retake the lead for good in the sixth inning. A walk and an error put two runners on before Summers eventually drove in the go-ahead run with a bouncing single between short and third to give Miami a 4-3 lead.
Young would allow just two baserunners in the fifth and sixth innings before Allen pitched the seventh in relief.
Russ took the loss on the mound for Grove, giving up six hits and five walks while striking out eight in six innings of work.
The Wardogs followed up their win over Grove with a 12-0 win over Drumright to take command of Pool A. Miami needs a win in their Friday afternoon game against Mannford to win the pool and clinch a spot in Saturday’s championship game. In Pool A’s final game of the day Mannford defeated Drumright 17-1.
Friday’s schedule: noon – Grove-Drumright, 2:30 – Mannford-Miami, 5 p.m. – Grove-Mannford.