Keepin’ the Ball Rollin’

The Grossmont Griffin baseball team has won 14 of their last 16 games and look to end the month of March by continuing their success in an upcoming series against San Diego Mesa College.

In game one of the San Diego Mesa series, team leader in home runs David Maldonado, sent his fifth homer of the year over the fence.

The Griffins must have brought the same bats from their last series against Mt. San Jacinto, as they ended the day with 16 hits and 15 runs. The Griffins are currently averaging a little over nine runs a game.

Some notable performances were from Maldonado who had a three-hit, two-RBI day accompanied by third baseman Justen Burkey who had three hits himself. Outfielder Cabot Van Til had a three-RBI day as well. Van Til has an outstanding .436 batting average on the year.

On the mound, there was a lot left to be desired from pitcher Tim Holdagrafer who gave up five earned runs over five innings. Coach Abshier sent his trusted bullpen piece in Hayden Shenefield to the mound to shut the door.

Shenefield earned the win in game one, striking out two batters in just one inning. Javier De la Torre held his own in his relief outing, knocking down his ERA to a minuscule 1.89.

Griffins win game one 15-7.

There was more of the same in game two for the Griffins. Grossmont had 17 runs, five runs because of two Noah Strohl moonshot home runs.

Maldonado served up another three-hit performance and swiped his team-leading 14th stolen base of the year. Van Til and Burkey both had multi-hit games as well.

Starting on the bump for the Griffins was Andrew Mitchel who was forced to leave the game after two and a thirds innings after giving up three runs. Luckily, Mitchel had the arms of Corey Johnson and Shenefield to rely on as they pitched their way to the win.

Grossmont beat San Diego Mesa to win the rubber match 17-5.

Coach Abshier and pitcher Donavon McCrystal reached into the supply closet and brought out their brooms, looking to sweep the competition away once again.

Mesa jumped on McCrystal early, striking for four runs in the first inning. But as McCrystal kept fighting inning by inning, his teammates kept crawling back, tacking on a run every other inning until it was all tied up 4-4 in the seventh.

The team’s anchor, Justen Burkey, did his job by getting on base for his teammates to knock him in. Burkey would have a three-hit day and account for two of his teams runs.

Once in the eighth inning, Trevor Beard doubled down the right field line to send Sean Crosby and Burkey across the plate. Beard eventually scored himself, giving reliever De la Torre some much needed insurance runs. De la Torre earned his third save of the year by shitting out Mesa for two no-hit innings.

McCrystal got his sixth win of the season in the process and the Griffins are now riding a four-game winning streak after defeating San Diego Mesa 7-4.

The next contest for the Grossmont Griffins is against rival San Diego City. Grossmont will host two of the games in the series on Tuesday and Friday.


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