Griffons edge out Northwest in final game

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The Missouri Western baseball team was able to overcome seven errors to come back and take game two of a double header 9-7 over Northwest.

The Griffons committed 12 errors on the day and were able to walk away with a two-game split with the Bearcats. The Bearcats took the first game 11-8 despite not scoring past the fourth inning.

The Griffons fought back in game one cutting the lead to 11-8 on eight unanswered runs, but the Bearcat pitching staff was able to stop the bleeding and shut down the Griffons offense. Isaac Rome blasted his MIAA leading tenth home run in the first game as well.

Second baseman Danny Conners waits to catch a ball during Western’s game against Northwest. The Griffons lost the first game in the double header on Sunday but won the second 9-7. Photo | Matt Fowler

Game two did not start the way that Western would have hoped for. The Griffons had four errors in the first inning and Northwest took a very quick 3-0 lead with only one out in the inning. Chris Sundvold was able to compose himself and shut down the bearcats in the first and Western answered right back, scoring two runs of their own and cutting the lead to a single run.

Sundvold was able to come back out in the second and hold the Bearcats scoreless while his offense scored two more runs for him in the bottom of the second to give the Griffons a 4-3 lead.

“We really showed some fight today which is something we haven’t shown a lot of lately,” head coach Buzz Verduzco said.

The lead wouldn’t last long, though. After holding the Griffons’ scoreless in the bottom of the third inning, Northwest scored two runs in the top of the fourth to take a 5-4 lead just to give the lead back in the bottom of the sixth inning when Ian Atkinson singled home Jason Solma and Nate Jones to give the Griffons a late lead at 6-5.

For the next three innings, the Griffons and Bearcats would trade runs. Entering the bottom of the tenth inning, the Griffons were trailing by one run. With one out in the tenth inning, Vince Romo sent a hard line drive shot down the right field line that just cleared the fence for a walk-off home run that sealed the victory and sent the dugout and bullpen running to home plate to meet him.

“I was really happy for Vince to get that ball out,” Senior pitcher Andy Hebrard said. “The outfield was playing in to cut down Nate at home if something did get through the infield and it just worked out perfect for us.”

The Griffons will next face Central Missouri in a double header, starting on Friday, April 2, at 4 p.m.

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