SPRINGVILLE — The Springville-Griffith Institute modified baseball team dropped a game against Iroquois High School on April 25, by a score of 12 – 4.
S-GI struggled, throughout the game on defense, as the team committed eight errors, that ultimately led to the loss. Trevor Bunch led the way, offensively, for the Griffs, batting 3 – 3 at the plate. Zack Slippy contributed on offense, with a 2-run home run, in the seventh inning.
Slippy started the game pitching and gave four, solid innings of work. Dan Wirfel relieved Slippy, to finish out the game, and struck out four batters, in the process.
“Even though we didn’t come out on top, against Iroquois, I thought the boys battled hard,” Coach Robert Gainey said. “We just made too many errors, early on, to be in the game, at the end. Overall, I thought we fought til the very last out and I was pleased with our effort.”
The team responded, with a 6 – 3 victory against Eden, on April 30.
Eden jumped out to an early 3 – 0 lead, before S-GI started its comeback, in the second inning. Derek Bush struck out five batters, during five innings.
S-GI’s offense was consistent, all game long. Ian Baker and Mike Hannon both went 3 – 3, during the game, leading the way, for the victory. Bobby Connors chipped in, with three hits, of his own, during the game.
“Timely hitting and excellent base running were the keys to the comeback,” Gainey said. “Every time we needed a big hit, someone delivered for us. We were smart on the base paths and that also helped key the victory.”
Wirfel relieved Bush, to preserve the win, for S-GI. Carmen Sicignano made a couple of catches, in the final innings, that helped close out the game.
“It was a total team effort, with many different players contributing, to the win,” Gainey noted. “Our focus on the fundamentals of the game were on full display.”
The win moves the Griffs’ record to 2 – 1 on the season and the team will play its next contest on May 7, against John F. Kennedy High School.