SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute modified baseball team dropped a 2 – 0 decision to Eden Central School, on May 13. Trevor Bunch struck out five batters and forced many ground ball outs, to help the team get out of some jams.
“Despite the loss, I thought we played a pretty solid game, overall,” Coach Robert Gainey said. “Trevor pitched great for us, and we had some good at bats. We just couldn’t score enough runs, to earn the victory.”
Austin Coon, Ian Baker and Zach Slippy all turned in offensive performances for the Griffs, as the team’s record fell to 3 – 2, on the season.
On May 14, S-GI dropped its second game in a row, when the team was defeated 11 – 2, by Iroquois.
“Iroquois is a very strong team, and they jumped on us early,” Gainey said. “The 6-run first inning really put us in a tough spot, and we never could climb out of the hole we were in. We played hard, throughout the game. We demonstrated great effort, with several outstanding defensive plays.”
Baker and Ty Sibiga both turned in defensive plays, to help keep the Griffs in the game. Playing in their third game in as many days, the S-GI players defeated Pioneer on May 15, by a score of 10 – 3.
The Griffs took control early on, by scoring 6, first inning runs, to jump out in front. S-GI batted around, in the first inning, led by Shaun Wright and Coon.
Slippy struck out four Pioneer batters, in a complete game. “Our defense was great, all night, and Ian Baker caught a great game, behind the plate,” said Gainey. “The bullet he threw, to catch the runner trying to steal third base, was impressive. Zach was terrific on the mound; he forced many ground ball outs and helped our defense record some easy outs.”
S-GI will play a doubleheader against Lake Shore on May 20.