SPRINGVILLE — Back-to-back-to-back hits by Brian Poppenberg, Brice Stedman and Kyle Warner kick-started a 10 – 7 win, for the Springville-Griffith Institute junior varsity baseball team on May 15, against Pioneer.
The three game-starting hits began a 14-hit performance by Springville. Poppenberg went 3 – 4 and scored 2 runs. Freshman Warner went 3 – 4 as well, with sophomore Devin Pazzuti’s nearly hitting a home run in the second inning and finished the day at 2 – 4.
“We started off well. We wanted to play one inning at a time,” said Coach Bill Dickinson. “We made it 3 – 0, but they started coming back. It went to 6 – 5 and it was getting nerve-wracking. We held them off. Kyle Warner came out, in the sixth and seventh, and pitched his butt off,” Dickinson added. “He just overpowered them in the last two innings. We scored 4 runs in the bottom of the sixth, to push us to the win.”
The Griffins played at Concord Community Park for the first time, this year. The change in location was due to a modified game at the high school field. This win closed out the JV team’s season, with a record of 14 – 2.
“They had good intensions of finishing this season, on a high note,” Dickinson added. “They did an awesome job, finishing the season 14 – 2, and the two losses were 1-run games.”
The Griffins beat Amherst on May 14 16 – 3. Jake Smith led the offensive, coring 3 runs. Stedman and Poppenberg both went 2 – 4.