The Grove Ridgerunners played in the Bill Tipton Classic during the weekend at Carl Albert High School.
The Ridgerunners beat Alva 8-6, lost to MacArthur 13-4, and lost to host Carl Albert 6-1.
The Ridgerunners are now 21-5 on the season and 10-0 in district play.
On Monday, Grove is set to play Verdigris at home, weather permitting, in what will be the first game of a two game series that will determine the District Champion and Regional host.
The Ridgerunners will travel to Verdigris on Tuesday, April 16. If the two teams split the series, the first tie-breaker will be head-to-head run differential.
If needed, the second tie-breaker will be run differential from district play. Verdigris is 23-2 on the season and 12-0 in district play.
Grove 8, Alva 6
Jack Gentry made the start for the Ridgerunners against the Alva Goldbugs. Gentry had a rough start and failed to make it out of the first inning.
However, he got a no decision and Logan Engles came in and pitched well in relief earning a win before giving way to Colin Craig who earned the save.
Senior Seth Willis had a big day at the plate for the Ridgerunners going 2-2 with a single, triple, walk, and four runs batted in. Willis also scored a run himself.
Zane Knox and Chase Coughran both went 2-2 as well. Knox and Coughran both scored a run in the game.
The Ridgerunners scored seven runs in the bottom of the second inning to give them an 8-3 lead. Alva was able to score three more runs in the game but was unable to catch up being defeated by an 8-6 score.
MacArthur 13, Grove 4
Cooper Smith started on the mound and was throwing well for the Ridgerunners through three innings. The fourth inning proved to be his nemesis.
Smith had success in the first three innings by pitching backwards and throwing breaking balls in hitters counts.
When the fourth inning rolled around, Smith started to battle his control. With one out, Smith walked two batters and gave up a single. Smith gave up an infield single to shortstop on a weak hit ball that the Ridgerunner defense had no chance to throw out the speedy MacArthur runner.
Smith retired the next hitter on a shallow fly ball to center field keeping the runner on third from scoring.
With two outs, Smith walked in a run before giving up a double the put the Ridgerunners down 6-4. A defensive miscue gave MacArthur another run to put the Ridgerunners down 7-4 going into the bottom of the fourth.
The Ridgerunners had grabbed the lead the previous inning when Jack Gentry singled to drive in Toby Cearley with two outs.
Gentry’s hit was followed by a double from Chase Coughran which scored Gunner Jensen who was courtesy running for Gentry.
Chat Hayes followed up Coughran’s double with one of his own driving in one more run.
The Ridgerunners gave up six more runs on a myriad of hits and walks in the top of the fifth inning. The Ridgerunners failed to score and the game ran into a run rule giving the Ridgerunners the loss.
Carl Albert 6, Grove 1
The Ridgerunners faced the host team on Friday morning. Sophomore Lane Rutherford put together a strong start for the Ridgerunners but was unable to hold the potent Carl Albert offense in check as he wore down.
The score was 1-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning when Rutherford got himself into trouble issuing a walk and hitting a batter after a leadoff hit. The next two hitters doubled scoring three runs and putting the Ridgerunners down 4-0.
The Ridgerunners were able to score a run in the top of the fifth. Colin Craig started the inning with a line drive single to left field.
With two outs, Knox drew a walk and Gentry singled driving in Craig. Coughran hit a hard grounder up the middle that the second baseman dove and stopped, throwing to second to get the lead runner and end the inning.
The Ridgerunners were unable to score the remainder of the game. The Ridgerunners managed only four hits in the game.
Grove will be back in action on Monday against Verdigris at home. The game will begin at 5:00 pm.