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Springville baseball bats remain hot

ARCADE—Things are starting to come together for the Springville baseball team after a perfect week at 3-0. The offense took its game to a new level with nearly 40 hits over the three games that led to a collective 33 runs.

The week started with a 6-3 road win over East Aurora May 9, before returning home for a 16-6 win against visiting Cheektowaga May 11. The Griffins finished out the week with an 11-7 road win at Pioneer May 14. In each of the three victories, Springville plated double-digit hit performances from the plate. Not only were the collective 38 hits an impressive total, but the team has started to put together a nice string of extra-base hits in the process with Austin Lux emerging as the team’s top slugger.

Two weeks ago Lux hit the team’s first homerun of the season and last week the junior had a half-dozen extra-base hits that included one of the team’s two triples. In addition, he has been one of the top Griffin pitchers for the team.

Although the 6-3 win over East Aurora appeared to be the closest contest, Springville was in command from the get-go and never trailed thanks to a four-run third inning.

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Of the team’s 10 hits, Shaun Wright and Evan Elkins led the way with a pair apiece. The Griffin pitching was superb with Danny Robertson taking on the first five innings and Evans relieving him for the final two. Between the pair, they allowed just a single earned run.

The 16-6 Cheektowaga win was solid both offensively and defensively with Springville’s only error-free game of the week. Springville trailed 5-0, but put together back-to-back innings early on to take the lead at 7-5. In the fifth inning, they put the game away with nine runs.

Six of the Griffins’ 12 hits went for extra bases with Wright leading the way with three hits, four RBI, two runs and a triple. Three Springville batters had two hits each with Lux getting a pair of doubles. Jarrett Wolf and Robertson also had a pair of hits with the latter scoring four runs.

The pitching trio of Lux, Wright and Ty Sibiga allowed just six hits with Lux tossing a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts as the starter.

Against Pioneer, Springville was in control the entire game, although errors allowed the Panthers to rally. The Griffins plated a pair of runs in each of the first three innings for a 6-0 lead and were up 9-3 after five innings. Pioneer loaded the bases in their final two at-bats, scoring four runs in the sixth but coming up empty in the seventh.

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Again, half of the Springville 16 hits went for extra bases with Robertson having a career day with five hits. Lux wasn’t far behind with four hits with a triple and a pair of doubles. Matt Evans had two doubles. T trio accounted for 11 hits total and seven of the eight extra-base hits.

Collin Rice got the start on the bump and allowed just a single earned run through five innings of work with nine strikeouts.

Springville hopes to take its momentum into the playoffs that begin May 18 against an opponent yet to be determined.

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