The Grove Ridgerunners played a doubleheader with Miami in Grove on Monday, March 11.
The series was originally set for one game Monday at Grove and one game Tuesday at Miami but the forecasted rain forced the Monday double header.
The Ridgerunners won game one 3-2 in extra innings on a walkoff single by senior Jack Gentry.
The Ridgerunners also won game two 6-1. The two wins make the Ridgerunners season record 4-1.
They were set to host Providence Academy out of Rogers on Thursday field conditions permitting before traveling to Harrison, Arkansas to compete in the Harrison Tournament on Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16.
Chat Hayes started the first game on the mound for the Ridgerunners. The top of the first inning was a little bit rough starting with an error and a walk before Hayes picked a runner off, got a strikeout, and induced a ground ball.
Neither team got anything until the top of the third inning. Miami started the inning with an infield single followed by a push bunt that ended up going for a hit.
The next batter bunted as well and the Ridgerunners couldn’t get an out after a high throw. With the bases loaded and no outs, Hayes got a double play ball on a change up down and away from a right-handed hitter. The Ridgerunners were able to turn the double play and only gave up one run.
The Ridgerunners continued to work from behind a 1-0 score until the bottom of the fourth inning.
Senior Toby Cearley started the inning off with a triple to right center field. He scored on the next play when Gentry hit a deep sacrifice fly ball to center field.
The game stayed tied at 1-1 as the Ridgerunners came to bat in the bottom of the seventh.
With one out, Isaac Lopez hit a double down the line. Gunner Jensen came in to run for Lopez but was left stranded at third after stealing the base.
Sophomore Cooper Smith took the mound for the Ridgerunners. Miami started the inning with a single to left field with the batter advancing to second after the Ridgerunners bobbled the ball in left field.
The next hitter struck out followed by a grounder to first base. The next hitter tapped a ball down the third base line which hit the base allowing the run to score.
With a 2-1 deficit, Gentry lead off the bottom of the eighth with an infield single to the backhand of the shortstop. Gentry stole second base and scored when Chase Coughran singled to right field.
Miami was able to get a runner on via a single. They were unable to move the runner bunting back to Smith who threw the lead runner out at second base. The next hitter grounded a sharp groundball to Knox who was able to turn the double play.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Knox reached on a walk and took second base on a ball in the dirt. Cearley walked to put runners on first and second. Gentry then singled to left scoring Knox sealing the victory for the Ridgerunners.
The Ridgerunners played as the visiting team in the second game as Miami lost their chance to host due to the inclement weather forecast.
The Ridgerunners started the game with a run in the top of the first. Gentry singled to start it off before courtesy runner Jensen stole second. Hayes followed with a single scoring the run.
Smith got the win on the mound for the Ridgerunners going 2.0 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits and 1 strikeout. Hayes received a no decision going 7.0 innings allowing 1 run on 5 hits, 3 walks, and 11 strikeouts.
Cearley, Gentry, and Coughran each had two hits. Gentry had two runs batted in while Coughran had one.
Cade Coble started the second game for the Ridgerunners on the mound. Miami started the game with back to back ground ball singles. Between the singles, Gentry threw out a runner trying to steal second.
With one out, Lane Rutherford singled. Rutherford moved to second on a wild pitch and scored when Miami made an error on a ground ball. The score after the top of the second as 2-0 Ridgerunners.
Hayes started the top of the third with a deep triple to right field. However, he was called out for leaving third base early on what would have been a sacrifice fly from Coughran.
Miami was able to score a run in the bottom of the third to make it 2-1. After two strikeouts to start the inning, consecutive singles put runners at first and third.
A curveball in the dirt got by the Ridgerunners catcher and allowed the run to score.
The game stayed 2-1 until the top of the sixth inning. Two Miami errors gave the Ridgerunners a quick run while keeping the table set for the Ridgerunners. Colin Craig hit a sacrifice fly to center field scoring another run and allowing the runner to tag and move to third.
Coble, hitting for himself, followed with another deep fly ball to center field scoring another run by sacrifice fly. This made the score 5-1 in favor of the Ridgerunners.
Miami went quietly in the bottom of the sixth. Grove was able to scratch one more run across when Willis singled to center driving in Hayes.
Coble then finished the game with his eleventh strikeout. In 7.0 innings, Coble allowed one unearned run on 7 hits and 1 walk.
Hayes lead the Ridgerunners with three hits. Willis and Rutherford both had two hits themselves scoring three runs between them. Gentry, Craig, and Coble each had a hit. Logan Evans also singled as a pinch hitter.