Trevor Booton puts in dominant showing in game 2 to earn a split of the first two games for the Grangers in the quarterfinals

Published 11:36 pm Monday, May 9, 2022

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The LaGrange baseball team split the opening two games of the quarterfinals series against Heritage Catoosa and will play a game three to see who will advance to the semifinals on Wednesday.

The first game saw the Grangers fall 4-1. Heritage scored two runs in the first inning and never looked back as the Grangers’ offense struggled for the majority of the game.

Heritage stretched the lead out to 3-0 in the top of the third inning before the Grangers answered back with a run of their own in the bottom of the third. Cooper Stephens hit an RBI single to give the Grangers their only run of the game.

Heritage added another run in the fifth inning to pad its lead.

Stephens went 1-for-3 with an RBI while Colton Esposito went 1-for-3 with a run scored to lead the Grangers’ offense. Tuner Cook and Seth Stargell also got a hit apiece in the game.

Trey Cook got the start on the mound and pitched a complete game. Cook allowed five hits and four earned runs as he fanned four batters on the night.

Game two was a different story for the Grangers as Trevor Booton got the start on the mound and led them to a 2-0 win to force a game three.

Booton pitched a complete game shutout as he struck out eight batters and only allowed four hits. Booton got into a spot of bother when Heritage loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Booton forced Heritage into a double play and then struck out a batter to get out of the jam.

The Grangers scored their first run in the top of the second when Preston Pressley hit an RBI single. The score stayed deadlocked until the Grangers added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning. Zack Thompson hit a clutch RBI single to score Seth Stargell and give the Grangers a little bit more breathing room.

Booton sat the side down in the bottom of the seventh to secure the win for LaGrange.

Thompson was the spark plug offensively as he had the only multi-hit game on the day for the Grangers offense as he went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk. Pressley went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk. Stephens went 1-for-2 with a run scored and also reached base on a hit by pitch.

The Grangers will play a game three Wednesday at 4 p.m. for a chance to advance to the semifinals of the playoffs.