Griffons win season opener, come home tonight

Thursday, June 2, 2005

By Joe Warren

Nevada Daily Mail

The Nevada Griffons won their season opener over the Springfield Generals Wednesday night, 8-2.

Playing in Springfield, Chris Klick, Brett Brandon and Brandon Wellborn combined to one-hit the Generals and eventually the offense came around as the Griffons pulled away late.

"It went well," Griffons head coach John Hill III said as he collected his first win with the team. "Our pitching was dominant."

Click started and threw five innings allowing only one walk.

Brandon relieved him and threw one inning before giving way to Wellborn, who pitched the final three to secure the win.

The game was close until Nevada scored five in the eighth inning to pull away.

The inning got started when Alex Smith tripled. Eli Rumler doubled to drive him in and the rout was on.

Hill said the players were pressing before the two extra-base hits in the eighth.

"Finally we got some hits strung together," he said. "Then we relaxed and really started swinging it (well)."

Also in the eighth inning, former Nevada Tiger Trent Thompson drove in two with a single.

Hill was happy that his team did not take Springfield lightly.

"It's baseball," he said. "Whether you're more talented or not, you've got to go out and do it."

The Griffons (1-0) have their home opener tonight at Lyons Stadium. Dodge City will be the opponent.

"We'll do our best and come out with the same enthusiasm as last night and hopefully pull out another win," Hill said.

The first pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. Before the game former Nevada Red Sox players from the 1950s will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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