SPRINGVILLE — It is not every day, in Western New York high school baseball, that a team gets to play under the lights. The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity baseball team hosted Maryvale, for a night game, on May 3. After beating East Aurora and Depew, Springville extended its winning streak three games, defeating Maryvale 10 – 2. Junior Tyler Conklin went 2 – 3, with four RBIs, in the win. The Griffs pounded out 10 hits in the win, while Drew Scharra pitched five innings, striking out eight, and allowing one hit.
Scharra also went 2 – 2, at the plate, and scored 2 runs.
“The weather has been a factor, in how we’re playing,” Coach Ron Tamraz said, about the Griff’s’ play, of late. “The kids have warmed up, with the weather. We moved a couple kids around, to see what they could do, and they’ve done it. Drew had a little control issue, but he made the big pitches, when he needed to. He only allowed one hit.”
Springville started the game with 2 quick runs by Billy Dickinson and Scharra. The players continued to add onto their lead, with one more in the third inning, two more in the fourth and then they erupted, for 5 runs in the fifth.
Springville produced 20 base runners and had somebody on base in every inning. Adam Wolfley went 2 – 4, for Springville, and scored 2 runs. Dickinson finished the night going 2 – 3, with 3 runs scored and two RBIs.
“That’s the way I want to see it be done,” Tamraz added. “Everybody trying to do something, to help the team win. Making contact, moving base runners, scoring runs and that’s all part of what baseball is.”
Springville traveled to East Aurora, on May 6. The Griffs were looking for their fourth win, in a row, but the host Blue Devils handed them a 9 – 2 loss.
In the top of the first, Springville had runners on first and second, with one out, but Springville was unable to score. In the bottom of the first, the Blue Devils took the game’s first lead, going up 2 – 0, and never looked back.
“I think we felt too comfortable, today,” Tamraz said. “We played a good week, last week, but we came out pretty flat today, in every aspect of the game.
“It’s coming to the ball park, ready to play. Our pitchers got behind in the count, against just about every batter. That puts our fielders on their heels. We let them get a couple runs earlier, and that put us behind the eight ball.”
Springville managed three hits, in the loss. Dickinson added a single and a triple. Springville hosted Pioneer on Friday, May 10 for its final league game, of the season.