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Grosse Ile and Riverview split twinbill

With the weather wreaking havoc on the first half of the spring sports season, schedules have now been condensed to doubleheaders for most baseball teams. That included the Riverview Pirates and Grosse Ile Red Devils on Wednesday in Grosse Ile.

The teams split the doubleheader, with the Red Devils taking the first game 4-3 on a walk-off single in the bottom of the 7th, and the Pirates taking the second game 5-0.

“They’re a well-coached baseball team. It’s always nice to get a win against a good team,” said Grosee Ile Coach Cliff Whitehouse. “Outside of the one bad inning, we played decent ball in the second game.”

In the first game, the Red Devils took a quick 1-0 in the first inning, but after that runs were at a premium. The Pirates scored the next run in the fourth inning, but the Red Devils re-took the lead in the fifth inning.

The Pirates looked like they had the game all locked up after scoring another two runs in the top of the 6th inning. It looked that way until seniors Eric Smorch and Tommy Daly came around to score on the tying and winning runs for the Red Devils. Junior Alex Wozny singled in both runs to win the game.

“They kept battling away. We had our opportunities, we just couldn’t cash in,” said Riverview Coach Chris Haut.

In the second game, it was a big 5-run inning for the Pirates that propelled them to the victory. They only needed one run, as the Pirates David Archer threw a two-hitter, dominating the Red Devils all game.

“We just had one inning where the wheels fell off. I was glad they were able to pull it back together, and at least, defensively and pitching we gave ourselves a chance.”

“We had a great pitching performance, I think he threw a two hitter. He kept the ball down, he threw strikes, he didn’t throw a lot of pitches, it was a great performance on his part,” said Haut.

It’s going to be a long season the rest of the way for both squads, as games that were cancelled earlier in the season are now pushed together into some doubleheaders in the coming weeks.

Last Updated: 5/1/2014 12:59:44 AM EST

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