Grove Ridgerunners baseball is off to a smashing start this year currently sitting 5-0 after the first 10 days of the 2018 season.
The crew has a promising season ahead of them having already defeated some challenging teams.
Head Coach Donnie Pennington was able to add a couple games to the start of the team's regular season with the first match taking place against Siloam Springs March 2.
“Siloam finished .500 last season and graduated three starters,” said Pennington. “They are a well coached team, but young.”
Grove started their first game of the season trailing Siloam 0-6 by the bottom of the third but quickly got their heads back into the game by scoring three in the third.
With seven scored in the fourth and eight in the fifth the team went on to win 18-8 over Siloam.
The Ridgerunners turned around to defeat Poteau 10-4 during game two of the season March 3.
As press time, Poteau is sitting with a 5-1 season record having their only loss come from Grove.
The crew took an early lead scoring three runs in the first and four additional runs by the end of the second inning.
“Poteau [was in the] state playoffs and beat Ft. Smith Northside a 6A Arkansas team,” said Pennington.
Grove then moved into what would have been the start of their regular season, with their first game on the road against Oologah-Talala on March 5.
The crew had their first shut out of the season thrown by Braxton Pennington who pitched all seven innings for a 7-0 win.
Pennington also threw 16 first pitch strikes and eight strikeouts during the away game against Oologah-Talala.
Returning home to play the second game in the two game series against Oologah-Talala the Ridgerunners were victorious 14-3 in five innings.
The boys did allow for three runs in the top of the second but answered back with six of their own during the bottom of the inning.
Chat Hayes threw all five innings for the crew and pitched 13 strikeouts and allowed 0.8 walk hits per inning pitched or WHIP.
The Ridgerunners played their fifth game of the season against Gravette for a 4-2 win after playing all seven innings.
Cade Coble threw against Gravette and managed to put 19 first pitch strikes over the plate.
Grove has had a chance to put all three of their starting pitchers on the mound and early indicators show considerable talent.
The boys moved into a two game series against Locust Grove starting at home Monday, March 12. The results of the game were unavailable as of press time.
They then travel to Locust Grove on Tuesday, March 13 to play their second game before returning to the field to play in the Harrison Tournament.
Last season Grove made it as far as regional play and boasted a 14-14 record before the end of the year and early indicators are showing promise for a much better year for the crew.