Peyton Hurd struck out 9 in his return to the mound after a long layoff due to injury, to help lead the Bruins baseball team past Madison-Grant 8-4. The sophomore scattered 11 hits over seven innings and did not walk a batter. “He actually pitched his second straight great game. They just happened to be about a month apart. Six of the 11 hits occurred in the final two innings maybe due to his tiring as he went along. I think it was also a morale booster having him out there because Peyton usually throws a lot of strikes and that hurt us over the course of our rough stretch in the season.”
Dayton Dow’s RBI fielder’s choice put the Bruins up 1-0 after one inning. The Bruins tacked on five more in the second to take a 6-0 lead. Shane Elam doubled in Tyler Cagle and Charlie Cranston, who had each walked, to start the scoring. Braxton Strait followed with an RBI single to make it 4-0. Caleb Mealy then tripled to right center to make it 5-0 before Dow singled to make it 6-0. “That was a great offensive inning especially due to the fact that everything occurred with two outs,” Uggen said.
Brandon Stroble hit a one out triple to right but when the throw from the right fielder got away from the cut off man, Stroble was able to race home to make it 7-0. It was the second time in four days that a Bruin tripled and scored on the same play.
The Bruins would add a run on Dayton Dow’s single in the sixth to make it 8-1.
Madison-Grant would score three in the top of the seventh. An error on a single to right allowed two extra runs to score to make it 8-4 with one out making things a little stressful for those in attendance. But Hurd strikeout the two hole hitter for out number two and got the three hitter to fly to Shane Elam in center to end the game. Hurd improved to 2-0 on the season.
“I really felt like we played our best baseball of maybe the season the first four innings of the game. Everything was clicking. The pitching, offense, and defense were outstanding. It is how I felt we could play all season. It’s been rough at times, but we really have been close to playing great baseball. Hopefully that trend continues,” Uggen remarked.
Shane Elam went 3-4 with a double and two RBIs. Braxton Strait went 2-2 before leaving the game after colliding with another player on an attempt to catch a pop up. His future status is currently unknown. “We really played well until that moment. Then we kind of settled once Braxton left the game. I told the kids we are very capable but we have to play seven full innings. I think the collision took a little of the wind out of our sails and we never really recovered. But we also played 20 kids tonight and when you play a lot of kids there will be some chemistry issues and, for the most part, we overcame that,” Uggen added.
The Bruins improved to 9-13 after the win. They host Manchester for a doubleheader on Saturday. First pitch is set for 11:00am.