MIAMI — A clutch double play in the sixth inning helped Miami nail down a 6-5 victory over Locust Grove Monday, April 16 at Joe Pollock Field.
The Pirates had scored three times and had they go-ahead run in the top of the sixth.
Billy Knott’s suicide squeeze was squibbed right to Miami reliever Conner Womack to get the first out.
He then threw to first baseman Hunter Hartman, doubling up Kai Parker.
Locust Grove kept the pressure up in the seventh, getting runners to second and third with two out.
However, Wardog reliever Brant Morris slammed the door shut with a strikeout.
The Wardogs (9-15) wrapped up the home-and-home series with Locust Grove Tuesday, April 17 on the road.
Miami has won four of its last five games, all coming in District 4A-5 play.
The only loss in that stretch was by three runs to 2A No. 4 Ketchum.
“They are really getting going,” Miami coach Jeremy Strack said. “I love the way they have competed the last two weeks.”
The Wardogs jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run single by Hunter Hartman, an RBI single by Gabe McCleary and two errors.
Locust Grove scored twice in the second and the Wardogs got what turned out to be the deciding run in the bottom of the third on an error.
Drew Williams, Brad Hartman, Hunter Hartman and McCleary had Miami’s only hits.
Cody Hix and Henry Sartin had two hits each for the Pirates.