GROVE - Grant Longcrier did his part to help Miami develop some pitching depth.
The junior left-hander struck out five and walked none during the Wardogs' 6-3 victory over Stilwell Thursday morning in the Grove Festival.
“Grant did a great job on the mound today,” Miami coach Chris Mercer said. “We've got to get some other guys throwing well, and Grant did that today. He pitched a solid game.”
The win was the fourth straight this week for the Wardogs since a 1-0 loss to Coweta last Friday.
Weather permitting, they were to face Collinsville today at 1:30 p.m. in their final game of the festival. Andrew Allen was due to make the start today.
“That was a good 5A school,” Mercer said of Stilwell, which suffered its second loss in three games. “We played well. We really played good defense today.”
The Wardogs did the bulk of their damage in the bottom of the third, when they scored five runs.
The backbreaker, though, came in the top of the seventh, when shortstop Nick Henson ripped a leadoff home run down the left field line.
“That gave us a little cushion,” Mercer said. “It got out of the yard pretty quick.”
Stilwell scratched out a run in the bottom of the second only to have Miami send 10 batters to the plate in the top of the third.
Longcrier helped himself by driving in the tying run with a single, then Abell picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly to left.
Jordan Simons doubled home a run then Nick Jones drilled a two-run single.
Third baseman Heath Holmes drove in two runs with a two-out single in the third for the Indians.
Henson's second homer of the season came on a 1-0 pitch. He also singled in the fifth.
Jones had a pair of singles while Longcrier, Michael Anderson, Simons, White and James Pickens each had a hit.