The streak is over!
The Griffin Bears baseball team got home runs from Quantico Dodson and John Pope and a strong pitching performance from Tyler Powell to defeat the Woodland-Stockbridge Wolfpack 6-4 Wednesday evening in Region 3-AAAA Division A action at The Bears’ Den, ending their 10-game losing streak.
Griffin improves to 4-13 overall and 2-8 in region play, winning its first game since a 6-5 triumph over Division B foe McIntosh on March 18. Woodland falls to 11-8, 6-4.
“Getting this win feels like Christmas morning,” said Powell, who pitched a complete-game, 7-hitter with 6 strikeouts, one walk and three earned runs allowed. “It’s great to finally break that long streak.”
The evening started rough for Powell, who gave up a leadoff homer to Woodland’s Randolph Gassaway and a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 deficit in the first inning. Griffin cut the lead in half on a Montico Dodson RBI single in the second and took the lead for good in the third, highlighted by a 3-run homer to left by twin brother Quantico Dodson. When the smoke cleared in the four-run third, Griffin led 5-2.
It wasn’t easy for the Bears to break the streak, of course. Woodland loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth with Gassaway up, but Powell got him to fly out to Trezmon Prather in right field to end that threat. In the sixth, Jacob Norton’s RBI single cut the lead to 5-3 and Pope’s errant throw to pick off a runner at third caused another run to score, cutting the lead to 5-4 and making the home crowd nervous.
Pope made up for his error in the bottom of the sixth, smashing a solo homer to left to give the Bears some insurance at 6-4. The Wolfpack loaded the bases again with one out in the top of the seventh, but Powell struck out Tyler Stovall looking and Eric Smith swinging to seal the deal for the Bears.
“I was focused the whole game,” Powell said. “I felt stronger as the game went on.”
Griffin is on the road Friday, taking on Division B foe Northgate at 5:30 p.m.