GRIFFITH | Beating Morton in baseball in 2014 isn’t easy.
Ask region powerhouses Lake Central and Munster.
One must have a plan, some strategy and an advantage in the mental game.
A dominant pitching performance also goes a long way.
Griffith scored early and often Thursday in the first game of a rare weeknight triangular doubleheader and defeated visiting Morton 7-1 to end the Governors’ five-game winning streak.
“We wanted to come out, put pressure on them and be aggressive early,” Griffith coach Brian Jennings said between games. "We want to win or tie every inning and take pressure off ourselves and our pitcher.”
Griffith starter Troy Cullen struck out four and held Morton (10-5) to one hit in five innings, surrendering just one run, which was unearned after a walk and a two-base error in the third inning.
“Troy did a nice job keeping the ball down and predominantly going fastball-changeup,” Jennings said.
Kody Hoese, moved up a slot from his normal cleanup role in the lineup, produced a pair of RBI singles, and Amir Wright capped a four-run third with a two-out RBI double for the Panthers (8-7).
The four-run third inning included a two-run error on what would’ve been an inning-ending double play.
Morton pitcher Cody Earl struck out eight Panthers in five innings, and only three of his seven runs were earned.
The Governors had seven total baserunners.
“It seems we just couldn’t get anything going all game,” Morton coach Scott Lush said. “But eliminate that big inning, and we might have still been in it. For whatever reason we weren’t into it. Griffith came to play, and they were the better team.”