Griffons drop to losers' bracket at World Series

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

By Joe Warren

Nevada Daily Mail

The Nevada Griffons lost to the Aloha (Ore.) Knights early Monday morning 8-3, their first setback of the double elimination tournament.

The Griffons fell behind 4-0 in the first five innings and never led in the contest as the Knights scored one run in the first, two in the second and one more in the fifth,

Nevada finally got on the board in the top of the sixth inning when Kory Drew singled and Mickey Nichol followed with a run-scoring triple to right field.

Nichol scored on a groundout by Nick Shay and the Griffons cut the lead to two.

Aloha answered in their half of the sixth with a triple of their own by Shane Crowder.

Crowder scored on a wild pitch by Chase Tucker and the score was 5-2.

Aloha scored three more runs in the seventh inning to go up by six and put the game away.

The Griffons other run came in the eighth inning when Trevor Helms walked, went to third on a single by Nichol and scored on a single by Shay.

Matt Kasser (1-0) went seven innings for Aloha to pick up the win. He gave up only four Nevada hits and struck out seven.

Griffons starter Derik Drewett went only 1 2-3 innings and got the loss.

Drewett (0-1) gave up four hits and walked three as the Knights scored three earned runs against him in the first two innings to set the tone in the game.

Tucker, one of the Griffons' additions right before the tournament, struggled in 1 1-3 innings, giving up five hits and four runs, three of them earned.

The Griffons are scheduled to play again tonight at 10 p.m. against the Clarinda (Iowa) A's.

The A's beat the Havasu (Ariz.) Heat early this morning in an elimination game and must turn around to play the Griffons tonight.

Trent Lare (1-0) will start for the Griffons who will play the winner of the El Dorado (Kan.)-Hays (Kan.) game on Wednesday if they get by the A's.

Both Hays and El Dorado are in the Jayhawk League with Nevada.

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