East County Sports

Strohl homers, but Griffins nipped in Riverside



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RIVERSIDE – Jack Bailey was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning and John Gonzalez brought home that go-ahead run as the Riverside City College Tigers edged the visiting Grossmont College Griffins, 4-3, in a non-conference game at the Samuel C. Evans Sports Complex Thursday afternoon (Feb. 2).

Riverside City (3-3 overall) opened a 2-0 lead after three innings on a RBI double in the second inning and a solo home run in the third.

Grossmont (2-2 overall) forged a 2-2 tie in the top of the fourth.

With two outs, freshman DH NIKO NAVARRO (Los Osos HS) was hit by a pitch. Up stepped sophomore 1B NOAH STROHL (La Jolla HS) who promptly banged a 1-1 pitch over the left-center field fence to tie the game for the Griffins.

RCC added a run in the fifth on a RBI groundout before Grossmont tied the game at 3-3 on a RBI groundout by Navarro.

With one on and no outs in the top of the ninth, the next three Grossmont batters were retired on a line out, a fly out and a pop out.

The Griffins travel to Chaffey on Saturday for a noon start. Chaffey is off to a 3-0 start with a game at Southwestern tonight pending.


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