G-MU 14, Edmeston 5
MORRIS – G-MU earned the right to play in its first Tri-Valley League championship game in eight years beating Edmeston in a one-game divisional playoff Friday night at Morris.
The Raiders broke through with their first win over Edmeston in six years earlier this month, and made the second victory a lot easier than one might expect.
“Our situational hitting and just putting the ball in play were big for us,” said G-MU coach Jim Johnson after the game.
The solidly-struck balls came in plentiful doses for the Raiders (15-3), but Johnson pinpointed moments that defined his team’s improvement over the early stages of the season.
In G-MU’s three-run second inning, number eight hitter Demario Reed executed a fielder’s choice groundout to score the go-ahead run and make it 2-1. Cody Luettger struck for a similar play in a six-run fourth frame with an RBI groundout. In that same inning, Reed laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt on the first-base side of the infield. The throw to catch Reed was off the mark rolling into right field to plate two more runs. “Those were the type of things we weren’t doing well earlier in the season,” Johnson said.
Edmeston appeared to cut G-MU’s 3-1 lead in half when hitter Ryan Giordano hit a one-out solo homer over the centerfield fence. Giordano, however, failed to touch home plate, and Johnson appealed the play. Giordano was called out by the umpire, so the two-run G-MU advantage stood pat.