CANTON -- Creekview scored nine runs in the second inning Thursday to pull away for an 11-1 win over Sprayberry in six inning.
Tied 1-all entering the second, the Grizzlies (10-7, 8-3 Region 6AAAAAA) took advantage of three Yellow Jacket (4-15, 1-8) errors to take a 10-1 lead that held until the sixth, when Calvin Haynes ended the game with an RBI double to give Creekview its third straight win.
“We’re really just playing good baseball,” Creekview coach Mike Nayman said. “It’s all over the field. We’re swinging the bats a little bit, and we’re pitching better. That helps our defense, so our pitchers can throw more strikes. It’s everything coming together.”
Creekview sent 12 hitters to the plate in the second inning and scored in a variety of ways.
Runs came in on a thrown-away pickoff attempt, a throwing error, three single by Griffin Potts, Grant Potts and Gavin Grubbs and a double from Haynes.
“You look up, and you realize you’re finding a lot of ways,” Nayman said. “It wasn’t the normal big inning, but we found a lot of ways to score. That’s what good teams have to do. They have to hit the ball, but they also have to score when they get the opportunity.”
With the big lead, Grubbs, who gave up a run on a bases-loaded walk in the first inning settled into a groove.
He hardly gave Sprayberry a chance to produce anything offensively, as he finished with just one hit and two walks allowed, while striking out 13 in five innings.
“He’s a really good pitcher,” Nayman said. “It’s tough, because we like having him at shortstop, but obviously, he’s an asset on the mound. If you didn’t know he was primarily a position player, you would think he’s one of the top pitchers, because he can just get people out.”
Ben Power’s walk in the first inning scored K.K. Towe for Sprayberry’s only run.
However, the Yellow Jackets had more opportunities to get back into the game, with an error and three hits batsmen, but they were unable to capitalize on four runners in scoring position.
“We have to swing the bats better,” Sprayberry coach Clay Ardeeser said. “We have some games coming up against the bottom half of the region, so hopefully we can get our hitters going a little and finish this season strong.”
On the mound, Bryce Koshko was able to stop the bleeding some.
After entering in the second inning, he threw 3 ⅔ innings and allowed just four hits and two runs.
“We have to stop those big inning,” Ardeeser said. “When we pitch and play good defense, we can be pretty good. It’s just every now and then, we have an inning where it gets away from us. We can’t have those in this region.”