Springville-Griffith Institute hosted the Depew Wildcats for a junior varsity double header matchup on May 5. Springville dominated both games and was able to pick up two wins.
“It means a lot to us. We work as a team and did what we needed to do and got two big wins for us,” said pitcher Colin DeWitt.
The first of two games began with Depew up to bat, the Griffins were able to get three straight outs with a well executed defense, which continued with nothing but hits when S-GI was up to bat. Hayden Goodridge opened with a drive to center field for a single, followed by Dan Wirfel with a hit to right field, also for a single. Jake Smith was able to get a hit, to load the bases with Matt Sobota up to bat. Sobota powered the ball far into the outfield for a triple and 3 RBIs.
Parker Rice also hit a single to right field, allowing Sobota to score, followed by a double by Ian Baker. The next three batters, Austin Coon, Trevor Bunch and Zack Swank, were all walked, which forced Baker home for another run. Goodridge finished the inning with a single and an RBI, leaving Springville with an 8-0 demanding lead at the end of the first. In the third inning, Swank hit a triple down the third base line, and eventually scored off a nice bunt from Goodridge. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Greg Benstead made contact with the ball for a single, followed by a double and RBI for Baker. The final score of the first game was 11-1, in favor of Springville. Pitching in the first game came from Smith (three strikeouts) and Wirfel.
Springville continued their offense into the second game, with a number of Griffs on base from walks, Smith made a risky steal at home to score. Rice was also able to steal home after escaping a pickle between Depew’s third baseman and catcher. Wirfel stepped up to the plate and powered the ball near the fence for a homerun.
“It was great. We all were excited for him and I hope he’s got more homeruns up his sleeve for the rest of the season,” said DeWitt. After Depew walked more batters, Goodridge hit a double for an RBI, Smith followed with a single. Springville got their bats going again in the third with hits from Benstead, Smith, Wirfel, William Galley and John Domes. The final score was 20-1, Springville. Pitching in the second game came from Wirfel (two strikeouts), Austin Coon, (three strikeouts) and DeWitt (two strikeouts). Goodridge and Sobota led the team with 5 RBIs each for the night. Smith led the team with five hits, four of those coming in the second game.
“I think the game went very well and everyone on the team did great and are improving every game we play and these games that we win help bring the team closer together which is essential if we want to keep winning more and more games,” said Cooper Ploetz, who scored two runs in the second game.
On May 7, the team held Pioneer to just three runs, all coming in the first inning. Pioneer started out strong with hits that resulted in three runs in, but that would be it for the entire game. In the bottom of the first, Wirfel hit a single to right field. Smith then hit a triple to score Wirfel. Sobota and Baker both followed with singles to round out the inning.
The second was scoreless, but in the third, Goodridge, Sobota and Baker each hit singles. Sobota’s single allowed Goodridge to score at home. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Bunch hit a single, and then stole second and third base before stealing home to put another run on the board. Springville had really strong hits coming in the fifth inning, Smith started off with a single to left field, then Sobota and Baker both hit a double and ran a batter in.
Sobota led the team offensively, going 3-for-3 with 3 RBIs and a run in. Baker also went 3-for-3 with 1 RBI and a run in, Smith went 2-for-3 with an RBI and run in. Goodridge, Bunch and Wirfel each went 1-for-3 with a run in.