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S-GI JV baseball team improves its record

BATTER UP — Springville-Griffith Institute JV batter Mitch Rosati takes the plate, during a game against Amherst. Photo by Dave DeLuca.
SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute junior varsity baseball team hosted Amherst on April 22, to begin a week of five games, in five days.

The team started its week off, with a 7 – 4 win, against the visiting Tigers. Pat Emmick was on the mound, for the Griffins, allowing one hit, while striking out eight batters, during five innings.

Mitchell Rosati pitched the final two innings, in the win. At the plate, freshman Hayden Goodridge scored 3 runs and stole three bases, at the top of the order, for Springville. Brian Poppenberg scored 2 runs, in the victory.

The Griffs also hosted Lake Shore, on April 23. The home team got a complete game from sophomore Wyatt Sibiga, who struck out 12 runners, during seven innings, to lead a 11 – 1 victory.

Springville broke the game open, in the bottom of the sixth, pushing across 6 runs. The Griffs drew 11 walks, during the win.

The offense was led by Emmick, who went 1 – 3 and scored 2 runs. Rosati also went 1 – 3 and scored a run.

After two consecutive home games, the S-GI team traveled to Pioneer, to take on the Panthers. Kyle Warner continued his dominance, on the mound, helping the Griffs earn a 6 – 2 win.

Warner struck out the side, in the top of the first inning, and pitched a complete game, striking out eight Panthers. Warner has 28 strikeouts, so far, during his first three outings of the season.

“That put them on their heels, both physically and mentally,” Coach Bill Dickinson said, about Warner’s three strikeouts.

“You could tell that, after the first inning, they were wondering out to the field saying, ‘Oh gosh, we have to play against this guy.’ It turned out to be another quality start, for Kyle,” the coach said. “He has that confidence in himself and feels that he can put the game in his hands. He wants to be the man up front, in our rotation, and so far, he’s done that job.”

The S-GI boys traveled to Cheektowaga on April 25 and then hosted the Warriors on April 26.
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