The Grossmont Griffins (3-5) and starting pitcher Donovan McCrystal looked to earn their fourth win of the year and second consecutive game against Irvine Valley.
The Griffins ousted Irvine Valley in extra inning in their last match up, winning 7-6.
In just the 2nd inning, shortstop Michael Diffley hit a double which knocked in 2 runners and later scored himself thanks to another Cabot Van Til double down the left field line. The Griffins ended the inning with a 3-1 lead.
McCrystal ran into trouble in the top of the 5th after allowing a single and a walk. Coach Abshier sent pitcher Hayden Shenefield in from the bullpen to pitch for McCrystal who would end the day pitching four and a third innings, allowing four earned runs. Shenefield did not stop the bleeding however, allowing the two runners who McCrystal was responsible for to cross the plate and another of his own. Irvine Valley ended their half of the inning with a 5-3 lead.
After Irvine Valley upped their score to 6-4 with a RBI single in the top of the 6th, it was the Griffins turn at the plate. Irvine Valley’s pitcher dealt two walks to the Griffins. Luckily, catcher Trevor Beard was walking up to the batter’s box. Looking to extend a two-out rally, Beard hit a bomb over the left-field fence. A clutch three-run homerun gave the Griffins the lead, 7-6 in the bottom of the 7th inning.
This was short lived however as Irvine Valley came right back with another RBI single to left field to tie the game.
Grossmont, still hyped after Beard’s homerun went into the dugout again with their new-found energy. A four-hit inning in the bottom of the 8th put the Griffins back on top. A 2-RBI hit by third baseman Justin Burkley gave the Griffins the lead and another hit from Michael Diffley gave them the insurance run they needed going into the top of the 9th to close the game. Griffins lead 10-7.
Javier de la Torre notched his first save of the year after a three-up-three-down inning. Final score: Griffins 10 Irvine Valley 7. Burkley, Diffley, and Beard all ended the day with 3-RBI’s to help their team get its fourth win of the year.
Tim Holdgrafer earned his first win of the year as well by tossing two and a third innings in relief with three strikeouts.
The Grossmont Griffins look for their excellence at the plate to continue today as they play at San Diego City at 2 pm. Their next home game is this Saturday at 2 pm as well.