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Grizzlies split doubleheader with Washington Wild Things

After falling 5-1 in the first game of Wednesday’s Frontier League doubleheader, the Gateway Grizzlies were down to their final strike with two runners on while trailing 1-0 in the second game against the Washington Wild Things. Logan Davis then stepped in and smacked a two-run double to propel the Grizzlies to a 2-1 win and a doubleheader split at CONSOL Energy Park.

In game two, the Grizzlies’ Dakota Smith (2-1) threw seven innings while allowing just one unearned run and one hit. The Wild Things scored their run in the second inning on a throwing error.

Washington starter Chase Cunningham went six scoreless frames before giving way to Zac Grotz (0-1) in the seventh. Grotz came in with seven saves on the season, but he walked Blake Brown to start the inning and Ben Waldrip then laced a single into left field. Both baserunners would come home on Davis’ go-ahead double.

In the first game of the doubleheader, Gateway righty Vince Molesky (2-3) and Washington righty Trevor Foss (6-2) matched one another in the first couple of frames before the Wild Things touched up Molesky for a pair of runs in the third inning. Jamal Austin laced a two-run single to give Washington a 2-0 lead.

The Grizzlies responded in the top half of the fourth with an RBI single from Brandon Thomas to make it 2-1, but Gateway’s infield defense let Molesky down a few times as the game rolled along. An error from Craig Massoni allowed a run to score in the bottom half of the inning while Washington tacked on another run to make it 4-1.

In the fifth, Gateway made another error on a potential double play ball as Josh Bunselmeyer let a hard grounder go past his glove. The Wild Things eventually cashed in with a run to extend their lead to 5-1.

Foss would ultimately go seven innings while allowing just five hits and one run.

After the doubleheader split, the Grizzlies sit at 20-21 on the season while Washington is at 21-19. The two teams will play the rubber tilt of their three-game set on Thursday at 6:05 p.m.

The game can be heard on the Grizzlies Radio Network, which airs Thursday on 1400 AM KJFF and online at GatewayGrizzlies.

com/Radio. Sam Levitt will call the action.

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