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Mustangs fall short at state

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Granville-Spalding has been characterized as a singles-hitting team this year after losing five starters off last year's state tournament team.

Indeed, the Spartans hit their share of singles here Wednesday night in their 12-4 win over Newell-Fonda in a state quarterfinal tournament game.

But they also hit two triples, four doubles and two homers in the win, finishing with 15 hits off Newell-Fonda ace pitchers Matt Stauter and Tim Seagren.

"Give Granville-Spalding credit," said Newell-Fonda coach Del Rieman after the game. "They hit the ball well. Our pitchers missed with a lot of close pitches, got behind on the counts and threw the ball in there. Their guys hit those pitches Matt and Tim threw."

Granville-Spalding got to N-F mound starter Matt Stauter early, taking a 1-0 lead on an RBI-single by cleanup hitter Michael Murphy in the bottom of the first. Stauter entered the game with a 9-3 mark and a 1.79 earned run average.

Newell-Fonda took a short-lived 2-1 lead with two runs in the bottom of the first, including one on an RBI-single by cleanup hitter Jake Schnell, who came home on a double off the fence in leftcenter by Newell-Fonda catcher Joe Miller.

Stauter gave up two hits in the top of the second but worked out of trouble.

In the top of the third, G-S' fifth place hitter Brent Steven hit a long, two-out solo homer to tie it at two.

The Spartans added two more off Stauter in the fourth on a infield hit with the bases loaded and another RBI-single by Murphy.

"Matt just missed with a lot of pitchers that were apparently just out of the strike zone," Rieman said.

The Mustanges scored their last two runs of the game in the bottom of the fourth off Spartan mound starter Derrick Jungers.

Alan Baskerville led off the inning with single and later scored on a throwing error by the G-S third baseman.

With Jared Neppl at second, Stauter hit a grounder to the shortstsop who threw wildly to first, enabling Neppl to score.

"We got back in the game, but in a couple of innings we left some runners on and it would have been nice to get them in," Rieman said.

Granville-Spalding broke the 4-4 tie with three runs in the top of the fifth. One run came home on a throwing error, while G-S' Kurt List hit an RBI-triple that banged off the fence in center and his brother Michael knocked in another with an RBI-single for a 7-4 lead after four and a half.

Jungers struck out the side in the bottom of the fifth and the Spartans all but put the game away in the top of the sixth with four more runs, with two coming on a long two-run homer by Michael List.

"Their pitcher threw well down the stretch," added Rieman. "But we had a great season. We didn't have a dominating, overpowering pitcher but they threw well all season and we hit and fielded well all season long."

With the win, Granville-Spalding improved to 28-9 and moves to the state semis.



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