G-MU 8, Cherry Valley-Springfield 6
COPES CORNER – If G-MU coach Jim Johnson had his pick, he would have preferred a loss in the regular season game to Cherry Valley-Springfield.
In the end, the Raiders won two of three games from the Patriots this season, and avenged a 13-4 loss to CV-S at last weekend’s Tri-Valley League championship game winning Wednesday’s Section IV, Class D playoff opener.
“It would have been nicer (to win last Friday), but we’re still playing,” Johnson said, whose club won 10-3 in the league matchup over a month ago. “It was a nice comeback after losing the last game.”
The Raiders played with much more confidence behind junior pitcher Andrew Delmar, who was unavailable for the league championship game due to a personal commitment. Delmar was nicked for 11 hits, but after giving up a lead-off triple to CV-S’s Jake Hoag in the seventh, he struck out the side to end the game.
“The whole team is more confident with Andy on the mound, and getting three runs early in the game quieted them (CV-S) down,” Johnson said.
G-MU plated three runs in the first on just one hit. Three errors allowed Alex Schmidt, DeMario Reed, and Delmar to score for the 3-1 lead. It was a sharp contrast from the previous game when the Raiders trailed 6-1 after an inning, and 12-2 after three.
Reed ignited a two-run third with a basehit, a stolen base, and he scored when Andrew Delmar’s infield grounder induced a bad throw from third. Delmar moved to third on the play as the ball scooted into the outfield, and he scored on Corin Todd’s single.
CV-S had its most success against Delmar in the fourth. Josh Stalter singled in a run, Tyler Cade had a two-run double, and Hoag followed Cade with an RBI double to tie the game at 5-5.
The Raiders took the lead for good scoring three in the bottom of the fifth. Todd scored on a steal of home to break the tie. CV-S pitcher Brett Adams attempted a pickoff throw of Todd, who immediately broke for the plate. The ensuing throw to home hit Todd in the back, who was sliding head-first. Zach Agresta’s sacrifice fly plated Brendan Zucchi, and Jon Scofield scored from third base under unusual circumstances.