STRIKE EM OUT — Tucker Grimm of S-GI is shown, pitching a recent game. Photo submitted by Brenda Singleton.
SPRINGVILLE — On May 6, the Springville-Griffith Institute junior varsity baseball team took on the East Aurora Blue Devils, for a double-header. Both games would be five-inning affairs.
In game one, Springville used a 4-run fifth inning to propel themselves to a 5 – 1 win. Bryce Stedman went 2 –2, with three stolen bases, to lead Springville, at the plate.
Tucker Grimm pitched a complete game, striking out eight Blue Devils, in the win. Grimm allowed two hits, in the game. In game two, of the doubleheader, Springville trailed 6 – 3, going into the top of the fifth.
A 2-run double by Jake Smith sparked a 5-run inning for Springville. Stedman hit a double of his own, to score Smith, and then Stedman later scored, on a wild pitch. Stedman went a combined 5 – 6, in both games against East Aurora and scored 5 runs, to lead Springville to a 8 – 6 win, in game two.
“We played kind of lackadaisical, at the beginning,” Coach Bill Dickinson said.
“We just weren’t very enthusiastic. Towards the end of the first game, we started getting a little bit of a rally going. East Aurora answered the call though, and they went up 6 – 3. It was nice to see our guys, rather than folding in the tent, so to speak, they decided respond and came up big in the seventh. Bryce had one of those days for us. He really carried us, at the plate.”
Springville has an overall record of 11 – 2. Dickinson said that he has watched his team endure different situations.
“We have gone through a variety of different situations, this year,” Dickinson said. “We haven’t been consistently putting up huge margins of victories, like we did, early on. But we’ve been answering the call. We’ve fought our way through games against some pretty teams, lately. The kids have really bought into going to practice and games; they are just enjoying it. They’re enjoying practicing and they’re looking forward to games.”
The boys played Pioneer on Friday, May 10.