MIAMI - Miami fell victim to another big inning.
Two errors allowed 5A No. 13 Grove to score five runs, then the Ridgerunners held on for an 8-7 victory over MHS Monday at Joe Pollock Field.
“We’ve got to finish off … those big innings will kill you, which it did,” Miami coach Chris Mercer said. “We let them hang around and next thing I know we are down four. “We cut it to two, but they bring in (Bryce) Davenport. We had four or five hits off him, but it was too little, too late.”
The loss, which came on the heels of a 4-3 loss to Wagoner in the finals of the Adair Invitational on Saturday, dropped the Wardogs to 11-11 on the season and 4-4 in the Verdigris Valley Conference. They’re idle until Thursday, when they travel to Hilldale.
The Ridgerunners’ five-run rally in the top of the fourth inning gave them a 6-2 advantage.
Miami countered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth on a double by Spencer Neal and a grounder by Tyler Perry.
Grove (14-13, 6-4) scratched out single runs in the fifth and seventh, then the Wardogs made things interesting in the home half of the seventh.
Keaton Blevins led off with a single. The next two batters were retired, then Cole Young delivered an RBI single.
Neal drove in Young, cutting the margin down to one run. However, a strikeout ended the game.
Neal had a double and single while Ty Mercer, Emilio Arizpe, Blevins, Walker and Young added singles.
“We battled, but it’s just frustrating getting into a hole on routine plays then make errors like we did,” Chris Mercer said. “Matt didn’t help himself a couple times with picks. If we just make the routine plays, we win the game.”
The Ridgerunners, coming off their championship in the Grand Lake Baseball Classic, won for the fourth time in their last five games and will play at Locust Grove today at 4:30 p.m.