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S-GI modified baseball finishes with a 7–3 record

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute modified baseball team swept a double-header against Lake Shore, on May 20.

During the first game, Trevor Bunch pitched five innings of 1-run ball, including three strikeouts. “Trevor pitched spectacular, during the first game,” Coach Robert Gainey said.

“Trevor was able to get outs, many different ways, either with the strikeout or ground ball outs. He also had three put-outs of his own, which shows how good his defensive play is,” the coach continued.

The Griffs were led by Shaun Wright offensively, as he scored twice and Zach Slippy tacked on the third run, for S-GI. The 3 runs were enough, as the Griffs held on, for the 3 – 1 victory.

In game two, S-GI fell behind 2 – 0, in the first inning. The Griffs scored 4 runs, during the inning, to take the lead. Wright contributed with a double, while Slippy had a triple. Benn Smith added an infield single, to help out, on offense.

“Even though we were down early, on the scoreboard, the boys’ confidence never wavered,” Gainey said. “We made some excellent plays, defensively, to stay in the game. We also had many different players step up, in order to get the victory.”

Derek Bush struck out four batters, in the process. The S-GI team held on, for the 4 – 2 victory.

During the Griffs’ final game of the season, on May 21, S-GI defeated the John F. Kennedy Middle School, by a score of 12 – 9.

It was a back and forth contest, which saw JFK’s leading 9 – 6, heading into the fifth inning. S-GI scored 2 runs in the fifth, and 4 more in the sixth, to take the lead.

Ian Baker led the way, with two singles and a triple. Wright hit three singles, while Bunch hit two doubles and had a sacrifice. Austin Coon and Tyler Sibiga both chipped in, with big hits of their own.

Dan Wirfel pitched four innings and Bunch came in, to relieve Wirfel, to close out the game.

S-GI finished the season with a 7 – 3 record, overall. “We had a tremendous season,” Gainey said.

“We played excellent defensively, all season long. We also had timely hitting, at the plate. I’m very proud of the team. They did a great job, this season.”
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