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Crotty’s bat powers Springville to beat Pioneer

CRACK GOES THE BAT — Kyle Crotty’s skills at the plate led the team to a win against Pioneer.

SPRINGVILLE — Springville’s Kyle Crotty is carrying a red-hot bat.

Crotty loaded up the scorebook, going 5-for-6 with five RBIs, 3 runs scored and three stolen bases, to lead Springville-Griffith Institute varsity baseball to a 19-11 win over Pioneer on April 21. Crotty has started off the season hitting 14-for-21, in Springville’s first five games.

“He’s been locked in since we started this season,” Springville coach Ron Tamraz said. “Almost everything he hits is a line drive or right off the good part of the bat. He’s definitely been locked in; hopefully he’ll stay like this for the rest of the season.”

Crotty’s performance highlighted a slugfest between Pioneer and Springville. The teams combined for 30 runs on 31 hits. Springville scored 6 runs in the top of the second inning, to give the team an 8-3 lead over Pioneer. In the bottom of the second, Pioneer added 3 runs of their own, to make an 8-6 game.

The score would remain 8-6 until the fourth inning. Springville’s Tyler Conklin ripped a 2-run triple to left field, to score Crotty and Kyle McCarthy. Springville added 2 more runs in the inning, to increase its lead to 12-6.

JUST IN TIME — Jon Weronski stole second, right under the wire, during a recent game against Pioneer. Photos by Dave DeLuca.

Springville put the game away with a 5-run sixth inning and coasted to a 19-11 victory. Springville had 19 hits, as a team, with all nine of the team’s starters registering a hit. Adam Wolfley, Springville’s leadoff batter, went 3-for-4, with 3 runs scored. Junior Wyatt Sibiga went 3-for-6 and Kyle Warner went 2-for-4, with four RBIs. McCarthy and Conklin each had multi-hit games. Senior Jon Weronski went 1-for-2, drawing two walks and getting hit by a pitch.

“It’s always great to see the bats come alive,” Tamraz said. “We swung the bat well, from the top of the lineup to the bottom, everyone in the lineup at least had one hit. But the bats were there, for both teams. They came out swinging and they hit the ball well, too. It was a battle of offense.”

Drew Scharra and Sibiga split time on the mound for Springville. Scharra started the game and pitched three and a third innings, before giving the ball to Sibiga to finish the game. Sibiga scattered five hits, allowing 4 runs and striking out nine in three and two-third innings of relief.

“He made some really tough pitches, when he had to,” Tamraz said of Sibiga. “I was really impressed with his mound composure.”

Springville committed three errors in the game and the Griffs are still trying to find their way defensively, Tamraz noted. The team has been dealing with injuries and players on vacation, which has forced some players into different positions.

“That’s all part of ‘where to throw the ball, who’s not in the right position’,” Tamraz said. “Couple guys aren’t use to playing varsity ball and what’s required of them to do, at their position.”

Springville, standing at 3-2, 1-0 league, had a league game against Lake Shore on April 23, but the game was postponed, due to weather. The Griffs traveled to Maryvale on April 24 and hosted rival East Aurora on April 25.

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