By ANDY HEINTZ
ELDON – For Albia’s Griffin Osing it was a night to remember. For the Cardinal baseball team it was a game to forget.
The Blue Demons offense, led by Osing’s scorching hot bat, blew out the Comets 19-1 in a game that only lasted five innings because of the 10-run rule. Right from the start, Albia’s offense was performing near — or maybe even at — its peak. While Albia’s offensive juggernaut was fueled by a potpourri of characters, none stood out more than Osing, who drove in a whopping seven RBI — he went 4-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles and a triple.
“I’ve been really hot the last couple of games,” Osing said. “I just keep focusing during practice and when we hit during practice. It’s [the baseball] kind of like a volleyball coming at me. I don’t know my exact stats but I know I’m hitting pretty well.”
“He did a really good job in the batter’s box and he really drove the ball,” Albia coach Boyd Brittain added.
Albia sophomore Caleb Gray had a solid outing on the hill for the Blue Demons. Aside from plunking three batters, Gray did a nice job of shutting down the Cardinals offensive lineup. In his six innings of work, he struck out eight, while allowing only one run on five hits.
“He did a nice job,” Brittain said. “We wanted to get the sophomore through all of this and we did. I think next year he will be a good pitcher for us.”
“I was feeling pretty good,” Gray added. “ I worked the curve ball a few times, but the fastball was really working well for me.”
Osing was the catalyst in Albia’s four-run first inning, driving in Hugh Sinclair with a double to left centerfield to put his team up 1-0. Moments later, a Vic Sanders single to right centerfield drove in Austin Luse. Then Gabe Gravert lifted a bloop single to right field that drove in Osing and upped the Blue Demons lead to 3-0. A couple of batters later, with the bases loaded, Austin O’Leary stroked an RBI line-drive single that grew Albia’s lead to four.