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Griffons edge past Renegades and close the gap for third place in MINK League South

It wasn’t a must-watch game against the Jefferson City Renegades. But it would have been nice to get a win.

The Nevada Griffons scored a run in the top of the eighth inning Monday night to edge the Renegades 7-6 in MINK League action at Vivion Field.

With the win, the Griffons closed the gap in the South Division to three games behind the Renegades for the final playoff spot in the South Division in the final week of the regular season.

“We’re on a 12-game-in-11-day streak, our roster is getting a little thinner and that hurt us tonight,” Renegades coach Mike DeMilia said.

The Renegades will travel to Nevada tonight for a rematch.

“We’re winning (tonight), we’re in good shape,” DeMilia said. “We just have to show up and do it. It seems like every game this year against them has been close, I guess it will be the same.

The Griffons took a 3-0 lead early in the first set. After Nevada’s first two batters were retired, a pair of infield pitching errors put runners in the corners. Andrew Pickering then shot 0-1 over the fence on the right for a three-run homer.

“We gave them a few runs,” DeMilia said.

The Renegades got two runs late in the third.

Adonis Forte hit a solo home run with one out to make it 3-1. It was Forte’s second home run of the season.

Cole Wagner followed with a walk. He stole second and advanced to third when the pitch went into center field. Andrew Imgarten drove Wagner in with a grounder at second.

The Griffons extended their lead to 6-2 with one point in the fourth and two in the fifth.

The Renegades picked up one in the sixth. Luc Fuller reached on a one-out error. Carter Gorling and Joe Hoerchler followed with singles as Fuller scored.

The Renegades tied the game with three points in the seventh. Wagner started with a shoving double to the center. Imgarten walked before Wagner stole third and eventually scored on a wild pitch that moved Imgarten to second. Imgarten then stole the third before scoring on a Jackson Lovich sacrifice fly to make it 6-5.

Later in the set, Gorling hit a sacrifice fly down the middle to score Jack Matousek to tie it at 6.

The Griffons (13-25) counted the game winner in the eighth on a walk, two stolen bases and a single by Sam Manwarren.

It was the fourth straight loss for the Renegades (15-21), three on one point.

“We competed well, our mentality was largely positive,” DeMilia said. “But in the end, it just wasn’t enough.”

Game time today in Nevada is 7 p.m.