TIFFIN, Ohio — Alex Grove, pinch hitting in the bottom of the ninth, drilled a one-out triple to right field to score Eric Monroe as Heidelberg knocked off No. 16 Adrian 13-12 on Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference game at Peaceful Valley. The win was the Berg’s sixth in the last nine games and second walk-off victory of the season.
Monroe went 2-for-4 at the plate, scored twice and hit his first-career grand slam. Ricardo Lizcano went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored and hit his 29th career home run.
The teams combined for 25 runs, 26 hits, 13 base-on-balls and utilized 10 pitchers on the afternoon. After scoring 23 of the game’s 25 runs in the first five innings, both teams failed to score again until the ninth.
With Heidelberg clinging to a 12-11 lead in the top of the ninth, Adrian’s Ryan Sigler sent a RBI single to left field, sending home the tying run. Monroe answered with a single in the bottom of the ninth, sending Grove to the plate for his late-game heroics.
Adrian (8-4) utilized two hits, a pair of walks and a hit batsman in the top of the first inning to jump out to a 4-0 lead.
The Student Princes (11-8) began to chip into the Adrian lead in the bottom half of the first when Arneal Squibb tripled in Ross Pruitt, who had reached base via a single.
The Bulldogs tacked on another run in the second and scored two runs with two outs in the third to grab a 7-1 lead.
The first nine batters in the ‘Berg third scored as the Student Princes sprinted out to a 10-7 lead. A RBI single by Pruitt and a three-run homer by Lizcano — his third of the season — got the inning off to a good start. Squibb followed suit with a single, chasing starting pitcher Holden Branch from the mound.
Two more singles and a walk loaded the bases for Monroe, whose grand slam — his second long ball of the season — took Mike Osterman out of the game. Josh Burd, the third Bulldog pitcher of the frame, retired the next three batters to get out of the inning.
Adrian scored twice more in the fourth, but a two-run double by Trevor Oldham in the bottom of the inning extended the Berg’s lead to 12-9.
The Bulldogs added two more runs in the fifth on a RBI triple by Mitch Stefanski and a sacrifice fly by R.J. Rios to draw within 12-11.
Daniel Brannum came on for the eighth and ninth innings and allowed the tying run, but recorded the win to improve to 3-0 on the season.
In addition to Monroe and Lizcano, Steve Kisan led the ‘Berg attack with a 3-for-5 day, including a double, two runs and a stolen base. Three other Student Princes had multi-hit days. Pruitt went 2-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored, Squibb was 2-for-4 with a RBI and run, and Elvin Williams was 2-for-3 with a RBI and a run. Both Williams and Oldham extended their hitting streaks to nine games on the afternoon.
In his first start since returning from an injury, Sly Nino worked 2.2 innings, allowing seven runs on four hits and walking seven batters. Teddy Lowe relieved Nino, working 1.1 innings and allowing two runs on one hit. Travis Gray pitched 3.0 innings of relief, giving up two runs on three hits in his third appearance of the season. Brannum retired six of the nine batters he faced while allowing one run.
The Bulldogs were led at the plate by Clay Paul, who was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. Stefanski was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs and Zach Kolvey was 2-for-4 with a RBI and a run.
On the mound for the Bulldogs, Branch worked into the third inning, allowing six runs on five hits. Osterman gave up four runs on three hits in the third without recording an out. Burd gave up two runs on three hits in 1.1 innings. Lucas Willitzer worked 3.2 innings, allowing just one hit. Craig Steadman pitched 1.1 innings, allowed one run on three hits and suffered the loss.