OUT OF THE PARK — Adam Wolfley hits a hard one, during a game against North Collins. Photo by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — On April 15, after having three, straight games rained out, the sun shone on Springville, for a contest against visiting Depew. Springville-Griffith Institute junior Adam Wolfley led the Griffins’ offense attack, with three hits. His biggest hit came in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Griffs were trailing, by 1 run, with one out, when Wolfley sent a hard hit ground ball to right field, scoring Noah George and Billy Dickinson, for a walk, off a 2-run single, to clinch a 6 – 5 win. Dickinson scored 3 runs and went 3 – 4, with stolen bases.
Dickinson is a four-year starter on the varsity team. He spent time playing catcher and outfield, as a freshman and, as a sophomore, nearly broke the school record for batting average. This marked Dickinson’s first game of his senior year.
“He made contact today and that’s exactly why we have him leading off,” Coach Ron Tamraz said. “He’s a smart baseball player and knows situations. His head is just always in it.”
Wolfley finished the day 3 – 4, with 2 RBIs. The player is the team’s No. 2 hitter, in the line-up, hitting behind Dickinson.
“That’s why we moved him into the No. 2 spot, when Billy took the leadoff spot back,” Tamraz noted. “I know Adam has a nice, quick set of hands and he knows how to move runners. He just puts the ball in play; he’s not going to strike out, too often. With the way he swings the bat, hopefully he can keep doing that, all year long.”
Drew Scharra started the game on the mound for Springville, scattering 4 hits and striking out six players, during five innings of work. After Depew took the lead, in the top of the first, Springville loaded the bases, for cleanup hitter Tyler Conklin, who got the green light, on a 3 – 0 pitch, and drove it to deep right center field, for a double, that gave Springville a 2 – 1 lead.
In the top of the second, Conklin made a diving stop to his left and jumped to his feet, to throw out a Depew player. Dickinson made a diving play, as well, chasing down a foul ball, to end the inning.
Dickinson hit a single and scored, to increase the lead to 3 – 1, but Depew would respond with 3 runs, in the fifth, to take the lead, before Wolfley took the lead back for good, in the seventh. The win against Depew marked Springville’s first league win, of the year.
“It feels great, especially since the way we had to come back, in the bottom of the seventh,” Tamraz said. “After giving up the lead in the fourth inning, coming back is a great feeling, for the kids. We needed that.”
After Springville’s game against Cheektowaga was rained out, the Griffins took on the Maryvale Flyers, on April 17. Dickinson started off the game, with a leadoff single and a stolen base.
Wolfley advanced Dickinson to third base, with one out, but the Flyers scored 2 runs, in the bottom of the first, and then scored 4 more in the second, en route to giving Springville a 6 – 1 defeat.
“It doesn’t help when you leave a guy stranded at third base, to start the game,” Tamraz said. “That kind of set the tone, for the rest of the day. We didn’t pitch after that for two innings; we were flat in the field”
Dickinson went 2 – 3, with a stolen base. while Conklin let 2 runs, during four innings.
The Griffs took on East Aurora, on April 19.