Griffth, CP earn wins in Cal Ripken state tourney
By Terry Turner Post-Tribune correspondent July 17, 2013 10:51PM
Updated: July 17, 2013 11:00PM
CROWN POINT — Griffith and Crown Point used different methods to secure opening round wins in the 12-year-old Cal Ripken state tourney.
The Griffith All-Stars defeated South Bend Eastside with an eight-run third-inning, winning 8-6.
Meanwhile Crown Point advanced using two types of power in defeating Logansport 8-1, behind the strong arm of Logan Ryan and a balanced and powerful batting order.
Griffith fell behind early, but batted around in the third inning, scoring eight runs on five hits, with two home runs by Dave Pulido and Cole Cervantes.
“The kids have been together since they were 8 years old,” Griffith manager Ken Iwinski said.
Griffith starter Jake Collins pitched a great game, but the heat got to him in the fifth inning.
“Collins was one pitch away from going all the way,” Iwinski said.
Collins allowed two singles and a walk to open the sixth and Iwinski brought Johnny Maynard in to pitch. Maynard allowed a grand slam to Eastside’s Thomas Eagan, then another single before closing out the game with two strikeouts.
CP’s Ryan struck out 10 and didn’t allow a base hit in five innings. Crown Point manager Bob Bauner brought in Ryan Fender to finish the game, and Logansport got two runners on base, before leadoff hitter Jack Russell drove in its lone run.
“We were able to do so many things right,” Bauner said. “We executed our bunts, and our base running was superb.”
He said he had worked with his team on bunting, expecting central Indiana teams to have a different style.
“Small ball, we worked on it in our last practice, we wanted to prepare for a pitcher that would throw hard, and we had that today.”
Crown Point scored four runs in the third inning, then got two-run homers from Nick Geiser and Luke Bianco.
Griffith faces Kokomo’s No. 1 team today, and Crown Point returns on Friday.