ORWELL – The Grand Valley Mustangs hosted the Mathews Mustangs in a recent NAC baseball game. Adam Moodt started on the mound for Grand Valley, while Andy Morgan was on the hill for Mathews.
Aaron Suchanek started the game with an infield single for Mathews, but was erased attempting a steal. Moodt went on to record a strike out and a groundout to end the inning.
Grand Valley was able to put a pair of runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Mitchell Lake led off with a double to deep center. A.J. Henson reached on an error and Lake eventually scored on an overthrow to second on a steal attempt. Jeromy Rockafellow later reached on a fielders choice and stole second base. Rockafellow then scored on an RBI single by Kyle Hodge, making it 2-0 in favor of Grand Valley.
Mathews tied the game up in the top of the second inning as Jeremy Fumerola and Brad Watson hit back-to-back singles. Brandon Cetor followed up with an RBI single, cutting the lead to 2-1. Andy Morgan also brought in a run to tie the game at 2-2.
The Mustangs would get four base hits in the bottom of the second inning, but were unable to put a run across. Nate Wengerd, Stanely Sirrine, Lake and Henson all had singles for Grand Valley.
Moodt worked around a single to Aaron Suchanek in the third inning. He would also work around walks in the fourth to Brad Watson and Andy Morgan.
Grand Valley scored three runs in the third inning as Joe Satterfield reached after being hit by a pitch and Wengerd reached on a fielder’s choice. Stanely Sirrine drove in a run with a single. Mitchell Lake brought in a run when he reached on an error, making it 4-2. Henson capped the inning with an RBI single to increase the lead to 5-2.
Grand Valley did more damage in the fourth inning as Moodt and Mason Berkey hit back-to-back singles. Both runners would advance on a passed ball and later scored on an error. Satterfield and Sirrine each singled in the inning as well, but Grand Valley would only score a pair of runs.
Moodt pitched out of a jam in the fifth inning after giving up a lead off single to Dom Ditamasso and a walk to Suchanek with no outs.
Grand Valley went on to win by ten runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jeromy Rockafellow started the inning with a walk and stole second base. Adam Moodt singled and also stole a base. Kyle Hodge then singled in a run, making it 9-2. Nate Wengerd followed up with a two-out, two-run single. Stanley Sirrine finished the game with his fourth hit of the game an RBI double, making it 12-2.
“The first game felt pretty good. It was a little cold, but I think I got the hang of it after awhile,” Moodt said on his pitching performance.
“It’s good to be back playing a sport, especially baseball,” Moodt said on recovering form an injury that cost him his basketball season.
“Our team hit really good today and backed me up,” Moodt added.
Stanley Sirrine was especially hot from the plate as he picked up his first varsity hit and then collected three more hits to go four-for-four in the game.
“I haven’t had a varsity hit before this and it felt good to get some hits. I felt comfortable,” Sirrine said on his performance.