Baseball: Balanced attack leads Griffith over Morton
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent March 29, 2013 11:30PM
Updated: May 1, 2013 3:46PM
HAMMOND — Griffith got production from its entire lineup as the Panthers opened their season with a 14-1 victory over Morton (2-1) in five innings.
Eight of the nine Panthers (1-0) in the lineup scored at least one run.
“I thought we were efficient offensively. We ran the bases well and we put the ball in play,” said Griffith head coach Brian Jennings. “We did a good job of moving runners, hitting behind runners and really putting pressure on them.”
The only Griffith player who didn’t cross home plate was Jesse Smith, and he contributed with three RBI on a trio of sacrifice flies and two scoreless innings of work as Griffith’s starting pitcher.
Austin Brown opened the scoring for Griffith in the second inning with an RBI single, scoring Matt Colomes from third. Brown added another RBI single in the third inning to put Griffith ahead 5-0 and capped the Panthers’ scoring with a two-run double to right field in the fifth inning.
“We’ve only seen pitches from machines or soft toss for a while, so it was a little bit different to pick it up out of a pitcher’s hand,” said Brown, who also scored three runs. “It was good to finally get a game in; we just wanted to get some runners on base.”
Freshman second baseman Kody Hoese went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles while Brett Brinkley turned each one of his three walks into runs for Griffith.
A few injuries altered the lineup of an already inexperienced Morton squad, and that situation only worsened when No. 2 hitter Cody Earl left the game with injury after the first inning.
“We didn’t do any of the little things well today, that’s for sure,” said Morton head coach Scott Lush. “But we’re a young team; we’re going to have some growing pains. We’ll learn from this and we’re going to bounce back.”