Two homers from Langley help LaGrange to sweep of Trinity Christian

Published 9:57 pm Friday, March 29, 2024

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LaGrange went on the road and earned a pair of important region victories with a doubleheader sweep of Trinity Christian on Friday. The Grangers had no problems in either game, winning 10-0 and 8-2.






The Grangers’ offense was on fire in game one and produced 16 hits, but it took a little while to string some key hits together and pile on some runs. LaGrange opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first courtesy of a Cooper Stephens single, but the team was left waiting for more runs.

LaGrange finally opened up a big lead in the fifth inning, scoring four runs. Tanner Langley got the fun started with a two-run homer. Mason Calhoun drove in the final two runs of the inning with a single to make it 5-0.

The LaGrange offense kept on rolling in the sixth, scoring another four runs to give LaGrange a 9-0 lead. Langley once again got the scoring part started, this time walking with the bases loaded to score the opening run of the inning. Grady Westmoreland drove in the following run with a sacrifice fly. Back-to-back one-run singles from Rob Skinner and Calhoun drove in the eighth and ninth runs of the game. 

Langley was not done there and launched his second home run of the game, a solo shot in the top of the seventh to make it 10-0. He was 3-for-4 with four RBIS and four runs scored in the game. 

Langley was far from the only strong offensive showing as Skinner totaled four hits in the game and Calhoun went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. 

Gryson Cockrell, Westmoreland and Stephens all had two hits each for LaGrange. 

Kayden Sutton started on the mound and pitched a strong six innings, allowing just three hits on nine strikeouts. Calhoun pitched the final inning in relief and slammed the door on the Lions. 






LaGrange had to work a bit harder in game two, but still showed their superiority by putting together an early lead and holding it through seven innings. 

After a scoreless first inning, the Grangers broke the game open with four runs in the second inning. Cockrell drove in the opening two runs with a single. Langley continued his big day by driving in one with a double. Westmoreland drove in the final run of the inning on a sacrifice fly. 

The Grangers added a fifth run in the third inning when Sutton hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Skinner. 

The Lions eventually got on the board with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, but junior Caden Wood limited the damage.

LaGrange did not waiver and tacked on two more runs in the sixth courtesy of a double from Westmoreland. The Grangers added an eighth and final run in the seventh inning when Langley was hit with the bases loaded.

Westmoreland had a strong showing from the plate, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Cockrell, Langley, Calhoun, Sutton and Jackson Bozeman all had a hit apiece. 

Wood got the start on the mound and pitched five innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs on three strikeouts. Calhoun pitched the final two innings, allowing just one hit and two strikeouts. 

LaGrange improved to 16-6 overall and 5-3 in region play. The Grangers will return to the diamond on Saturday at home against Calvary Christian.