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Baseball - 5/23/2017 

Birmingham Groves 10
Troy 5
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BEVERLY HILLS – Birmingham Groves took the lead with a pair of home runs in the third inning, and the Falcons kept Troy off the scoreboard the rest of the way to earn a 10-5 win in an OAA crossover baseball game Tuesday at Groves High School.

Groves (29-5, 13-1 OAA White) entered the bottom of the third inning trailing 5-2, but the Falcons struck early in the frame to take the lead. Sophomore Harrison Cole was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and Central Michigan commit Zavier Warren followed with a two-run home run to right field to cut the deficit to 5-4.

Senior Chaise Ford followed with a single, and two batters later senior Max Novick connected with a pitch for another home run to give the Falcons the lead, 6-5.

Groves junior Ryan Laub had allowed a run in the third inning after replacing starter Andrew Martin, but the left-hander quickly settled down. Troy’s Mario Gaudino reached base to start the fourth inning, but Laub struck out the next hitter and induced a double-play ball to get out of the inning.

The Falcons scored twice in both the fourth and sixth innings, and Laub finished the game for Groves by retiring the final 11 batters he faced.

Groves coach Shawn Morrison said Laub has impressed the team with his mental toughness in difficult situations.

“His strikeout to walk percentage is pretty good, his WHIP is low, and he’s kept guys off-balance,” Morrison said. “He’s definitely stepped up in some key games for us.”

Morrison said he also liked his team’s approach at the plate offensively.

“I was happy to see our guys go up and look for some pitches they could drive,” Morrison said. “They worked the count really well, and we had a lot of quality at-bats. Inevitably, that put us in a position to win.”

Warren, Ford, Novick and junior George Cutler all finished with two RBI each for the Falcons.

Troy (17-16) found most of its success during the second inning. The Colts scored four times in the frame, thanks in part to back-to-back doubles from Josh Corsello and Robert Banas.

Gaudino and Carter Scillion each had RBI singles in the inning, and Nick Sacco also had an RBI double in the third inning.

Troy coach Tim Mullen said his team had a good approach offensively early in the game.

“For most of the game we actually hit the ball pretty well,” Mullen said. “I think we really concentrated on hitting the ball hard and were able to find some gaps. We didn’t really give up any at-bats.”

Last Updated: 5/23/2017 8:54:46 PM EST

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