Griffin’s homers punch Cards past Spring Hill
In the midst of a great run a year ago, the Cardinals had one small blemish on an otherwise sparkling 2005 resume, a home loss to Spring Hill.
That blemish may not have been a big deal on its own, but put together with the prior two years of baseball, it was a big deal for the Cardinals as it ran Spring Hill's dominance of the series to three years.
Senior first baseman Chad Griffin made sure the same thing wouldn't happen in his final attempt to beat the Broncos.
Griffin helped the Cardinals end a three-year drought by pounding out two home runs and six RBIs in Eudora's 11-1 rout of the Broncos Thursday at Spring Hill.
"We haven't beaten them in a long time," Griffin said. "They came to our place last year and beat us pretty bad, so it was really nice to come here and do the same to them."
Eudora left no doubt as to how Thursday's contest would turn out as it used a four-run third and a seven-run fourth to complete the win in five innings.
"I'm really happy for the guys who have been here with me," Eudora coach Dirk Kinney said. "Spring Hill's really had our number over the years and it was a great win."
The game was scoreless going into the top of the third, when Miles Cleveland and Mark Abel both reached on singles.
Griffin came to the plate and changed the game in just one swing, when he deposited a Carson Cook fastball over the concession stand beyond left field.
The bomb, which gave the Cardinals a 3-0 lead, was just a matter of adjustment for the senior.
"Coach told us the umpire was calling everything," Griffin said. "So we just started moving in on the plate to get a better look and I was able to get a good swing."
The philosophy of adjustment worked once again in the fourth as Griffin greeted new Bronco pitcher Cody Lillich with another three-run blast over the fence to give the Cardinals a 6-0 advantage.
In the win, senior Kyle Brouhard went six innings giving up only one earned run, with a double and a run scored.