Boys Varsity Baseball · Bruins Lead Early; Come Up Short

The baseball Bruins jumped out to a 4-1 lead but Alexandria rallied, with a little help from the Bruin defense, to win 9-4. “I thought we played pretty well until we got to 4-1 but we had a chance to up that advantage that inning and really put some pressure on in the fourth but couldn’t get the job done when we needed to. ” Head Coach Tony Uggen shared.  The Tigers then scored two in the third and fourth to take the lead and never looked back.

Jake Ross hit a two out two RBI single in the second to score Caleb Mealy and Dayton Dow. The Bruins got two more in the third on a bases loaded walk by Blaine Riddle and a sac fly by Dayton Dow. Jake Ross struck out with bases loaded to end the threat with the Bruins up 4-1.

After Alexandria cut the lead to 3-2 after three, the Bruins threatened again in the fourth and had runners on second and third after a sacrifice bunt by Braxton Strait. Drew Caldwell then struck out for out number two. Caleb Mealy then hit a sinking line drive to left that was caught by the diving left fielder to end the threat. “We had a golden opportunity to really put them in a bind but we couldn’t make contact when we had to and their left fielder just made a fantastic catch. I thought Caleb’s ball was a two RBI single off the bat,” Uggen explained.

A couple errors helped the Tiger to a 5-4 after four. The Bruin had picked off the second runner at third but pitcher Josh Jennings dropped the ball on the tag at the plate. “We pretty much let this one get away and that’s disappointing. We left six guys on base the first four innings and made some costly physical and mental mistakes on defense that hurt us. But give the Tigers credit, we didn’t hit their lefty well at all the last three innings,” Uggen added. In fact, said lefty Rylan Metz retired 12 of the 14 batters he faced to pick up the win.

The Bruins did manage five hits. Getting singles were Shane Elam, Braxton Strait, Drew Caldwell, Jake Ross and Tyler Cagle.

The Bruins (8-13) will battle Madison-Grant for seventh place in the CIC on Thursday. First pitch is set for 5pm.