The varsity baseball team split their doubleheader with Manchester on Saturday to move to 10-14 on the season. The Bruins lost game one, 14-1 but rallied from a three run deficit to win game two, 8-3.
Jake Ross took the loss in game one allowing 13 runs, seven earned, on 13 hits. The Bruins managed on five baserunners the entire game on three singles and two walks. Blaine Riddle knocked in the only run for the Bruins who committed five errors, four of which came from Bruins at third base.
Dayton Dow rose to the occasion in game two, firing a complete-game four hitter, striking out six, and going three for three at the plate with an RBI to lead the Bruins to a come-from-behind win. Blaine Riddle doubled twice over the centerfielder’s head to knock in three with another getting thrown out at the plate.
Trailing 3-0 heading the bottom of the fourth, Riddle doubled in the Bruins first run but Dayton Dow was thrown out at the plate on the same play for out number two.
The Bruins took charge in the fifth. After Shane Elam’s bunt single to load the bases, Braxton Strait grounded into a fielder’s choice to knock in the Bruins second run and setting the stage for the flurry that won game two. Caleb Mealy singled to score Tyler Cagle to tie the game. Dow followed with another single to give the Bruins their first lead of the day, 4-3. Riddle followed with his second double of the game to score Mealy and Dow to up the lead to three. Drew Caldwell’s single drove in Riddle to make it 7-3. Caldwell moved up on a wild pitch and scored on Jake Ross’s single to make it 8-3.
“I was really upset with how poorly we played in game one. The defense was atrocious and the offense wasn’t much better after the first inning. We just seemed flat again. But I got to hand it to the kids, they bounced back in the second game and played pretty good baseball despite falling behind three zip halfway through. Once we got the five straight hits, we perked up a bit all around and played well from there,” Coach Tony Uggen shared. He continued, “Dayton pitched an outstanding game and we really needed one from him. Josh Jennings was going to start but he was stuck at home under the weather. Dayton and Blaine hit the ball real well in each at bat in game two. We responded after the first game loss.”
The Bruins, like most teams in the area, may do battle more with the weather in the upcoming days as the forecast looks bad for the entire week. They are scheduled to play at Jay County on Tuesday at 5pm.