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Griffins post first win over East Aurora

EAST AURPRA—The Springville-Griffith baseball team got its first win of the season against East Aurora by a convincing 7-1 score on April 23. And while the win put the Griffs at 1-4 for the season, it was one of the few games against a ‘B’ opponent that comprise the playoff pool.

Against the Blue Devils, Dan Robertson was outstanding. In addition to leading the team offensively by going 4-for-4 at the plate with a double and triple, the senior pitched the entire game and allowed just three hits to go with 10 strikeouts.

The Springville bats were hot with 17 hits. Matt Evans went 3-for-4 at the plate and the Griffins had four other players with a pair of hits. Of that group, Austin Lux went 2-for-3 with a double and a pair of RBIs. Cody Wells and Evan Elkins also went 2-for-3, while Jarrett Wolf was 2-for-4.

With the exception of a loss at Olean, the team has had the lead in every game. It has taken some time for the team to gel with limited outdoor practice due to weather. Last week the team got in four contests. In addition to the East Aurora win, the team dropped games to West Seneca West, Olean and Pioneer.

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Springville varsity baseball head coach Joel Lux described the losses as frustrating.

“Right now, we’re just beating ourselves,” he said.

Probably the most frustrating of those losses came against Pioneer, April 24. After taking a 5-0 lead after five innings, Springville surrendered seven runs in the final two innings for a 7-5 loss. Austin Lux was superb at the mound in allowing just a pair of hits through nearly five innings of work and Wright had two of the team’s four hits with a triple and a pair of RBI.

The team had a 7-4 lead over West Seneca West after four innings, but lost 8-7 in the bottom the seventh on April 20. The Indians play several tiers higher than the Griffins, as the Griffins appeared on the verge of an upset.

Mike Sabota finished the contest with four RBIs and the team with 10 hits; the biggest of which was a triple from Wright. A pair of hits each came from Lux, Evans and Ty Sibiga.

In the team’s only other game last week, the long bus ride to Olean may have factored in the team’s late rally of four runs after the Huskies staked their 10 runs early on April 21.

Springville will play three games in three consecutive days this week that start with a pair of road games at Cheektowaga, April 25 and Maryvale, April 26, before hosting Iroquois April 27 at Concord Town Park at 5 p.m.

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