Marysville’s Phill Griffor throws the ball to first during a baseball game Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at St. Clair High School.
It looks like the Vikings have turned the page to a better chapter on the baseball diamond.
The start of the year was tough for Marysville, but not because they were getting blown out in every game. It was quite the opposite.
To kick off the season the Vikings dropped seven games by two or less runs, but they have snapped that trend, most recently topping St. Clair on the road, 4-3.
It’s not just the squad’s third straight MAC Blue win, but it’s also Marysville’s (3-8 MAC Blue, 6-11 overall) third consecutive MAC Blue game won by two runs or less.
“We are definitely turning the corner,” senior pitcher Jacob Drewek said. “Since this week – a big rivalry week – we’ve come in together and just played solid defense and are getting it done at the plate.”
Marysville junior Calvin Moeller also pointed out the team chemistry has been night and day from where it was to start the season.
“We’ve been doing just simple thing, like messing around on Saturdays and playing sandlot ball and eating together,” Moeller said. “I really think it’s helped us turn it around.”
On the other side of the diamond, the Saints are seeing quite a different chapter of their season as this was their fourth loss in a row, sliding St. Clair to 6-5 in the MAC Blue (9-8 overall).
After such a hot start to the season, St. Clair head coach Denny White believes the Saints youth is finally catching up to them.
“We are questioning whether we are pretty good,” White said. “You talk about physical errors happening, but we have to look at the mental errors … my hope is that we respond to the adversity to make this a good deal.”
A bright spot in the Saints day came in the middle of the field with pitcher Jake Romine pitching a gem, allowing just two hits in seven innings. However, it was the errors that did the Saints in.
The Vikings got on the board in the first inning when Kyle Cook shot a double to the right center gap, but a bobbled ball in the outfield allowed Moeller to score from second.
The next Vikings run came in the third inning with Caleb Ross getting on base by wearing the ball on his back jersey number. A throwing error on a double play ball sent Ross all the way to third, and a contested throw on Phill Griffor’s steal to second let Ross cross home without a challenge.
The 2-0 score was erased in the bottom of the fourth when Jared Ambrose laced a two out double with millimeters to spare on the left field line to score Mitch Jackson. Ambrose stomped on the plate for the tying run when Sam Winston pelted a single right up the middle.
The tie game didn’t last long at all.
After heading into the dugout upbeat, the Vikings threw two more runs on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning. Griffor got it started with a hard single, later scoring on a bomb by Austin Paterson that was misjudged by the left fielder. Right after Paterson’s shot, Moeller stepped up to strobe a deep fly ball to the foul pole for the sacrifice fly to score Paterson, giving the Vikings a tight 4-2 lead.
The Saints threatened the lead in the bottom of the fifth, but Riley Gleason’s double off the left field fence to score Adam Tobey was the final run they would see.
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