Gangers drop second straight game in LaGrange Toyota Invitational

Published 2:11 pm Saturday, March 5, 2022

The Grangers lost their second straight game in the LaGrange Toyota Invitational. LaGrange lost to St. Johns Country Day Saturday 8-3. After a hot start to the tournament on Thursday, the team has cratered over the last two games. 

The Grangers got off to a good start on Saturday and took a 2-1 lead in the second inning. Rob Skinner scored the first run in the inning on an error before Tanner Langley doubled to score Preston Pressley later in the inning to give the Grangers the early lead. 

The Grangers’ lead did not last long with the Spartans plating four runs in the fourth, including a three-run homer in the third inning.

The Grangers answered with a home run of their own in the bottom of the third as Cooper Stephens launched a moonshot over the center field wall to cut the Spartans lead to two runs. 

The Spartans added another run in the fourth inning and added two more in the sixth inning. 

Only three of Spartans’ runs were earned as the Grangers defense. LHS committed a whopping six errors on the day. 

The Grangers will rue their chances on offense as well as they left four runners in scoring position. However, no Granger player got more than one hit on the day. 

Turner Cook and Kayden Sutton entered the game from the bullpen after Pressley was pulled from the mound after three innings of work and combined to pitch four combined innings and allowed zero earned runs. 

LaGrange drips to 6-4 on the season. The Grangers next game will be later Saturday with the time and opponent decided based on the results of other games in the tournament. Their next region game will be away at Kendrick on Tuesday March 8.