PENSACOLA, Fla. – A six-run second inning propelled the Tate Aggies of Cantonment, Fla. to an 11-2 win over the Grove Ridgerunners at the Aggie Baseball Classic on Wednesday, the third loss in a row for the Ridgerunners after starting the season 9-0.
The Aggies (9-4) used four hits, an error and three hit batters, sending 10 batters to the plate in the inning, finishing the frame with a two-run single by Mark Miller to make it 6-0.
Tate would add two more runs in the third before Grove (9-3) got on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth. Gibson Russ got the first hit of the game for the Ridgerunners off Aggie starter Riley Hodge before advancing to second on a fielder’s choice. Erick Ryan then drove Russ home with a single for the Ridgerunners’ first run. Grove would get their second run when Cordale Barton got a one-out single in the top of the fifth and scored two batters later on Kaden Livermore’s single.
Tate scored another run in the fourth and two more in the fifth to end the game by run-rule after five innings.
Hodge struck out 10 while holding Grove to four hits and a walk on the night. Ty Phillips took the loss for Grove, giving up six runs (1 earned) in 1.2 innings. Kody Stephenson worked the final three innings in relief.
Miller, Maverick Chapman and Andrew Mack all had two hits each for Tate, with Miller picking up three RBIs. Six different batters batted a run in for the Aggies.
The Ridgerunners will finish the Aggie Classic on Thursday against an opponent still to be determined.