The baseball Bruins ended a 6-game losing streak and walked away on Senior Night with a 9-2 win over Blue River to improve to 8-12. Jake Ross went the distance allowing no earned runs on eight hits to improve to 4-5 on the season. He walked a single batter and struck out eight. “I thought Jake looked decent overall. He threw a ton of strikes and got nine batters to put his first pitch into play. The lead him to only throwing 87 pitches which is very good for a complete game,” Head Coach Tony Uggen said.
Six seniors were recognized prior the game for their four-year contribution to the program. They were Tyler Cagle, Dayton Dow, Blaine Riddle, Jake Ross, Braxton Strait and Dylan Thomas. All six played their first full game together as a group. “There a fun group to work with. They went through very challenging times their first two years and won a sectional last year. This year has also been a bit challenging so they have been on both ends of the spectrum success-wise. I just hope they finish strong,” Uggen shared.
The Bruins allowed an unearned run in the first, but Caleb Mealy’s RBI single with two out in the bottom half the first tied the game. He then scored on Blaine Riddle’s double to the wall in left to give the Bruins a lead they would never relinquish. The Bruins tacked on two more in the third on sac flys by Mealy and Riddle to make it 4-1.
The Bruins broke open a 4-2 lead in the fifth. Mealy doubled with one out. After Riddle flew to left, Dayton Dow was hit by a pitch. Jake Ross then hit a bullet down the left field line to score Mealy and make it 4-1. Tyler Cagle then ripped a full count pitch to left center that the centerfielder dove for and just missed. Cagle down in to third to beat the relay for a triple. The ball got away and Cagle lumbered home to barely beat the throw to make it 8-2. Braxton Strait’s RBI single in the sixth scored Shane Elam to make the final 9-2.
“I thought we hit the ball pretty well overall. We had four balls that all landed within a couple feet of the left field wall of which three were caught I think. Had the wind not been blowing in we may have had four homers by seniors,” shared Uggen.
Braxton Strait and Caleb Mealy each had two hits to lead the offense.
The Bruins travel to Alexandria for a 5pm contest tomorrow. They host Madison-Grant on Thursday at 5pm.