The varsity baseball team picked up two wins over Southern Wells on Friday night to win their 6th consecutive game in improving to 6-3 on the season. Dayton Dow and Jake Ross each pitched well in earning the wins on the mound. Drew Caldwell and Kyle Price each added an inning on shutout relief.
In game 1, Blaine Riddle’s single gave the Bruins an early 1-0 lead. Tyler Cagle, Shane McNeal and Dalton Willmann followed with walks to make it 3-0 and the Bruins never looked back. Caleb Mealy added a two run homer in the bottom of the 6th to give the Bruins a 7-0 lead. That would be the final.
Braxton Strait went 2-3, scored twice and walked to lead the Bruins 7-hit attack. They also helped the cause stealing all nine bases they attempted.
Dow did not allow a run and surrendered just one hit. He walked two and struck out 10. Caldwell allowed no runs on a hit. He walked one.
In game 2, Southern Wells took advantage of two Bruin errors to take a quick 2-0 lead after half an inning. The Bruins would respond in the bottom half of the inning. Shane Elam drove a sharp line drive to left to lead-off the inning. Strait laid down a beautiful bunt for a hit and the ball was thrown down the right field line in an attempt to get him at first, while Elam raced to 3rd. He would score on a sac fly by Caleb Mealy to make it 2-1. Dayton Dow doubled to left-center to drive in Strait. He would later score on a sac fly by Ross to give their Bruins their first lead, 3-2.
The Bruins tacked on seven runs with the help of five singles and three doubles in 3rd to take a commanding 10-3 lead. The Bruins took advantage of four consecutive hits, including pinch hits by Branstan Wine and Josh Jennings to take a 14-3 lead.
Kyle Price walked three but managed to get a force at the plate off a slow roller to end the game after a scoreless fifth as the Bruins won the game via the run rule.
Several Bruins collected two hits apiece in game 2. They included Shane Elam, Braxton Strait, Caleb Mealy, Dayton Dow, Drew Caldwell, and Brandon Stroble. The Bruins managed 17 hits in the game.
Head Coach Tony Uggen shared afterwards, “We really hit the ball very well tonight, especially in game two. Dayton (Dow) pitched very well for us tonight. Jake (Ross) didn’t have his usual velocity early and a couple errors hurt him. He then made a poor choice by diving for a bunt, but after that he seemed his usual self. There was very little that we didn’t do well tonight. And we had several kids come off the bench and they all played well. I like the way we are playing right now.”
With the win, the Bruins improved to 6-3. They travel to Marion on Tuesday for a 5pm contest.