Briar Cliff baseball traveled to Des Moines Monday afternoon for a game against Grand View and came home victorious for the first time since April 5, picking up an 11-9 non-conference win over the Vikings.
The Chargers trailed the majority of the game but a four-run ninth inning lifted them to victory. Ben Pigg drove in a game-high four RBIs. Peyton Griesert, Trevor Adler and Sawyer Olson each recorded multiple hits.
Grand View got on the board first, putting up two runs in the second inning, including a solo home run. The Cliff got one back in the third when Olson hit an RBI single to score Adler. The Vikings added two in the bottom of the frame to go up 4-1.
Both teams put up three runs in the fourth frame and one in the fifth to make the game 8-5.
Mateo Shannon doubled in the sixth inning to score Adler. Michael Anthony courtesy ran for Shannon and was sent home on an RBI single by Nick Robinson. Grand View added one in the seventh for a 9-7 Viking lead.
Tyler Hilll began the ninth inning by getting walked to first base. Rodney Scarver then hit a single left, but the ball was bobbled by the left fielder, allowing Hill to advance to third and Scarver to second. Arnulfo Gutierrez was hit by a pitch on his at bat, which loaded the bases in favor of the Cliff.
Ben Pigg hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Hill and sending Scarver to third base. Griesert tied the game with an RBI bunt to send home Scarver, and also put Gutierrez on second and reached first himself.
Adler loaded the bases again with a single to center field. Shannon reached on a walk, plating Gutierrez with the winning run. BC added an insurance run with a sacrifice fly to center by Olson to score Griesert.
Only one Viking reached base in the bottom half of the ninth and the Cliff went home victorious for the first time since April 5. Kaiona Navas picked up the win, allowing one hit and striking out two in two innings of work.
Brandon Smith takes the loss for the Vikings, giving up two hits and four runs in 1.1 innings.
The Chargers are now 21-23 on the season and hold a 10-14 conference mark. The team will round out the regular season with a four-game series at Hastings beginning Saturday.