ALTAMONT — It was a rainy day at the ballpark Monday in Altamont, but the Girard High School baseball team preserved through the elements to outlast Labette County 2-0 after 12 innings.
Neither team was able to gain much offensive momentum until the Trojans broke the scoreless tie in the 12th on the strength of a sacrifice fly by Evan Troike followed by an RBI double to left-center field off the bat of Ty Norris.
“Our pitchers threw well today,” GHS head coach Steve Bever said. “A lot of them threw two innings and we were able to keep them under 30 pitches, so that was really good. I also thought we did a good job of staying engaged despite the rain, the cold wind and the lightning delay. Everybody stayed really focused and we just grinded out a win.”
Matt Sabine put the pressure on the Grizzlies’ defense with a leadoff walk to begin the 12th frame, before moving up into scoring position on an error and advancing to the third base on a productive groundout.
Caden Lallemand drew a walk in the next at bat to put runners on the corners and Troike followed up with a fly ball to right field, which was deep enough to score Sabine to put the Trojans on the scoreboard.
Lallemand came around to score in the next at-bat, crossing the plate on double to left-center field by Norris.
Dillon Collins stayed on the mound in the bottom half of the 12th to close the door.
The Trojans will continue their road trip with a game against Parsons starting at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.