Richard Stroud

Grove Sun

GROVE- The Ridgerunner baseball team opened their summer league schedule with a pair of games against Chelsea that could not have been more opposite.

In the first game of the doubleheader the Ridgerunners could not solve Dragon pitcher Dylan Allen, who pitched five innings and held Grove to just three hits in the 7-0 Chelsea victory.

The Ridgerunners would rally in the nightcap, getting nine runs on eight hits in the 9-0 win.

But the first game was all Chelsea, as the Dragons took advantage of Ridgerunner errors in a four-run third inning.

After a leadoff single by centerfielder Bryar DeLozier, another single by Quincy Salyer two batters later made the score 2-0.

After Salyer moved to third on a wild pitch, an infield single by Anthony Ricks would up the Dragon lead to 3-0. A throwing error by Grove would enable Salyer to move to second on the play. A Grove throwing error on an infield hit by the next Chelsea batter would make the score 4-0. A single to centerfield by the next Chelsea batter, Austin Gill, would make the score 5-0. In all the Ridgerunners committed five errors in the first game.

That would be more than enough runs for the Dragons, as the Ridgerunners could not muster an answer offensively, getting a runner in scoring just twice against Allen and relief pitcher Brent Hunt, who pitched the final two innings.

The Dragons would tack on two more runs in the top of the seventh for the final margin.

Things would go a lot differently for Grove in the second game of the doubleheader, as the Ridgerunners took advantage of shaky Dragon pitching to score eight runs in the first three innings of the game.

Grove got things started in the first inning with back-to-back one-out walks. After third baseman Trent Phillips was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Adam Steffenson came through with a line drive single to centerfield to give the Ridgerunners their first lead of the day.

The Ridgerunners would add on to their lead in the second, using two walks and a single to load the bases with two outs. This time it was Bryce Davenport who came through for Grove, driving a triple to right field that cleared the bases and gave Grove a 5-0 lead.

The Ridgerunners would load the bases again in the third, getting a two-run single from Zach Knox and another single from Buck Maples to make the score 8-0.

Meanwhile a Chelsea team that had no problem scoring runs in the first game found themselves unable to get so much as a hit in the second. Grove got three perfect innings from Davenport, who struck out two after coming on in relief in the third inning and getting the win.

The Ridgerunners will be in action again on Tuesday, June 1, when they host the Vinita Hornets for a doubleheader beginning at 5:30.