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Griffith knocks off Kokomo

CROWN POINT — The Griffith All-Stars jumped on Kokomo early with a four-run first inning en route to a 7-1 win in Cal Ripken state tournament action Thursday evening.

Griffith got stellar pitching performances from both starter Timmy Lawson and Kyle Iwinski, who came into the game in relief.

“Timmy Lawson pitched well, but he ran out of gas in the third, and Kyle came in and did a great job,” manager Kevin Iwinski said.

“The guys executed well, and our bats came alive. The kids hit well, and played aggressive.”

Griffith had a big first inning. Kyle Iwinski, Johnny Maynard, Gabe Pulido and Jake Collins all got hits, finding the gaps, and scored. Pulido drove in Iwinski with a double, Collins got two RBI on a single and Will Carroll’s grounder scored Collins on the first baseman’s throwing error.

In the fourth inning, Collins walked, then Carroll laid down a bunt, and both of them scored on throwing errors. Griffith took advantage of more Kokomo mistakes in the fifth inning, with its final score.

Lawson allowed two hits in the first two innings before he began to tire. Kokomo got its first run in the third, went Lawson hit the leadoff batter, struck out two, then the heat began to get to him. Kokomo had consecutive singles to drive in the first batter, then Lason got a second wind and got out of the inning with a strikeout.

Kykle Iwinski struck out seven in his three innings on the mound, while Lawson had nine strikeouts.



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