TAKE IT HOME — Kyle Crotty took the plate against North Collins, bringing in 3 RBIs,
SPRINGVILLE — As a freshman last year, Kyle Crotty was pulled up to the Springville-Griffith Institute varsity boys baseball team, to bolster the Griffs’ pitching staff.
In his varsity start, Crotty pitched a three-hitter, in a win against league rival Pioneer. On April 24, Crotty and the rest of the S-GI team took on Pioneer, once again.
Crotty threw five innings, to get the win. At the plate, Crotty led the Griffs with a single, double and 3 RBIs, in a 9 – 4 win against host Pioneer. Pioneer got on the scoreboard first, with a run in the bottom of the first, but Springville countered, in the top of the third, with 3 runs, to take a 3 – 1 lead.
Pioneer added a run, in the bottom of the third, and both teams exchanged runs, in the fourth inning, as the game remained tight, with Springville, clinging to a 4 – 3 lead.
Crotty threw out a Pioneer runner, who tried to score on a single, to protect the lead. In the bottom of the seventh, a single by Adam Wolfley ignited a 5-run inning, that broke the game open, for the Griffs, on the way to their second league win of the year.
“Adam started the inning off with a base hit and we needed to get something going, only being up 1 run,” Coach Ron Tamraz said. “We know how many games we’ve let slip away, in those situations, so to get some insurance runs was huge.”
Will Lawton hit a bases-clearing triple, to the deep left center, as well. Wolfley finished the game with two singles and 2 runs scored and Drew Scharra had two singles, an RBI and a run scored.
“We definitely had our hitting shoes on, today,” Tamraz added. “ I think we got a hit from just about everyone in our lineup, and [that] is one of the things we’ve been trying to do, to get contributions from all of us, and it worked, today.”
The Griffs had two games, earlier in the week, as well. On April 22, the team took on reigning division champion Amherst. The S-GI team took an earlier 1 – 0 lead, but Amherst scored a run, in the top of the third, made 3 runs in the top of the fifith and then 1 more, in the seventh, for a 5 – 1 victory.
Tyler Conklin led the Griffins, with two doubles and an RBI, while Dickinson finished with a single, a run scored and an RBI. Drew Scharra threw five innings, allowing 1 earned run.
On April 23, Springville took on undefeated and division leading Lake Shore. The Griffs scored 4 runs, in the bottom of the fifth, to take a 5 – 3 lead, but visiting Lake Shore scored 2 runs, in the top of the sixth, and then 2 more, in the top of the seventh, for a 7 – 5 victory.
Scharra had two hits, a run scored and an RBI, in the loss. Jon Weronski was on the mound for the Griffs, throwing his best outing of the season and pitching six innings.
“He didn’t have his best stuff, early,” Tamraz said. “He walked a couple guys, in the second inning, but instead of letting that get him down and frustrated, he was able to battle back. The fact the he was a little bit more determined to not let himself get into that kind of hole, helped him out. His mental approach was much better, than what it’s been.”
Springville traveled to Cheektowaga on April 25 and hosted them on April 26.