But when the Grizzlies finally strung four hits together in the top of the eighth inning, they took advantage.
Creekview scored two runs, and that was enough to beat archrival Sequoyah 5-3 in a non-region game at Kennesaw State’s Stillwell Stadium.
The Grizzlies (3-2) had just five hits in the first seven innings.
“Funny thing is, we squared up on like 20 balls, and 16 of them were outs,” Creekview coach Mike Nayman said. “We put ourselves in position for big innings, and then you feel like you have to press a little. But if you keep swinging, something is going to fall, and they did.”
Creekview stayed patient at the plate and opened the top of the eighth with two singles. Two batters later, and with one out in the inning, Hudson Graham provided the go-ahead RBI with a single to center field, and Max Holton added an insurance RBI with a two-out hit to right.
Sequoyah (3-3) threatened in the bottom half of the inning when Holmes and Devin McCleskey strung together back-to-back singles to right with one out. Spencer Pfost later walked to load the bases with two outs, but Creekview reliever Jonathan Mouw got Russ McGlamry to fly out on a first-pitch swing to end the game.
Mouw got with the win, throwing 3 2/3 scoreless innings and scattering five hits.
Saturday’s game also served as a charity fundraiser for the Gloves4God group based out of Woodstock. Spectators were encouraged to bring gloves in exchange for admission, and a total of 50 gloves were collected to be refurbished and donated to a mission group that will take them to the Dominion Republic.
There were a couple of spectacular plays by Sequoyah that involved the glove.
With one out and Creekview runners on first and second in the top of the fourth, McGlamry robbed R.J. Knecht of a bases-clearing double, making a catch as he slammed into the left-field wall. McGlamry then turned it into a double play when he threw out Austin Smith trying to advance to second.
In the seventh, with two outs and runners on first and second, Sequoyah third baseman Tyler Holmes used his glove to save a double down the left-field line by Smith, and he took care of the final out by stepping on the third base bag.
Of the five hits Creekview managed to get in the first seven innings, one was key, with Avery Smith’s two-run single scoring courtesy runner Dawson Ewers. Chandler Wold then tied the game at 2-all, and the Grizzlies went on to take their first lead when Holton scored on a wild pitch.
Sequoyah sent five pitchers to the mound as it combined to keep Creekview scoreless in six of eight innings.
“We threw a lot of guys, and the staff has done well this year,” Sequoyah coach Joseph Jones said. “We’ve been hitting alright, but we have to spread the wealth.”
Sequoyah jumped to a 2-0 lead in the fourth on an RBI hit by Holmes and a bases-loaded walk by Grant Pfost.
After Creekview rallied to take the lead in the fifth, the Chiefs tied it at 3-all in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI triple by Spencer Pfost, scoring McCleskey from first.