SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute modified baseball team kicked off its sports season on April 23, with a 13 – 7 victory, against the Pioneer Panthers.
The Griffs got out to an early 5 – 0 lead and never looked back. Derek Bush pitched four innings for S-GI and struck out 6 batters, in the process.
“We really came out fast and set the tone, early on,” said Coach Robert Gainey. “Considering it was our first game of the season, I thought we were pretty sharp. I thought it was crucial for us, to jump out to an early lead, so that we could play with some confidence.”
Zach Slippy led the way, offensively, for S-GI, with a home run down the right field line. Ty Sibiga, Trevor Bunch and Luke O’Neal also turned in winning performances at the plate, for the Griffs.
Cooper Ploetz executed a squeeze bunt play to perfection, to score Slippy. Bunch relieved Bush, to finish out the game, and struck out four batters, of his own.
S-GI is now 1 – 0 on the young season and Gainey said that he believes the team is headed in the right direction. “We’ll continue to come to practice each day, ready to work,” he said. “We want to be prepared for any situation that presents us, on the field. As long as we take the field, every day, with the mentality that we need to be better the next time we take the field, then I’ll be satisfied.”
S-GI also took on Iroquois, on April 25.