An Offensive Explosion


Coach Randy Abshier of the Grossmont Griffins (11-5-1) look to keep the ball rolling and extend their six-game winning streak while facing Imperial Valley in a three-game series which started on Tuesday, March 14.

Once you see the box score of game one, you might rub your eyes and not believe what you see. Grossmont sure-handedly put a whooping on Imperial Valley, winning 32-0 with 25 hits. Among the many statistical leaders was first baseman Noah Strohl who came up a double short of the cycle, hitting his third homerun of the year and five RBIs in the process. Centerfielder David Maldonado also had quite the day with six, yes six, RBIs with three hits. A total of 13 hitters for the Griffins had at least one RBI in the “contest” which was helped by a total of five errors made by the Imperial Valley defense.

Pitching wise was just as one sided. Tim Holdgrafer got the start and went five innings with five strikeouts, earning his third win of the year. Multiple relievers came into the game for some extra work thanks to the hefty load of runs put up by the Griffins offense. The Grossmont pitching staff ended game one throwing 13 strikeouts.

Sadly for Imperial Valley, it was more of the same in game two.

The Grossmont Griffins brought out the lumber, winning 17-0. Centerfielder Eric De La Rosa came into pinch hit for Maldonado which resulted in two-run homerun, his second in two games. Maldonado had a homrun himself on Thursday and ended his day with three RBIs.

Led by Andrew Mitchell, the Griffin pitching staff twirled another shutout. Mitchell notched his fourth win of the year and sent five batter back to the bench with a K.

For the series finale, Coach Abshier sent ace Donavon McCrystal to the mound and performed just as expected, tossing six innings and racking up nine strikeouts which was enough to earn himself the win and his team, their third consecutive series sweep.

Shortstop Michael Diffley and right fielder Cabot Van Til had quite the game, each connecting for four base hits each with five RBIs between them.

Now riding an impressive nine-game win streak, the Grossmont Griffins (14-5-1) face Mt. San Jacinto which is their first meeting of the year. The home games in the series will be on Tuesday, March 21 and Saturday, March 25.


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