Boys Varsity Baseball · Deja vu for Bruins, Fall 4-3 in 8

New game. Same basic scenario. Unfortunately, same result. The Bruins played pretty well overall against a good baseball team, took the lead midway, but couldn’t hold on as they fell 4-3 in eight innings on a windy, cooler night to Rossville (15-9) to fall to 10-16 on the season. The Bruins pounded out 11 hits but couldn’t get that big one that could propel them past the Hornets. Meanwhile, the Hornets took advantage of a couple misplays and laid down three bunts that lead to the tie and the lead in stealing one from the host Bruins.

Peyton Hurd and Jake Ross each threw four inning allowing four hits, but it wasn’t quite enough. Ross took the loss in relief to fall to 4-6 on the season.

Braxton Strait, Dayton Dow and Caleb Mealy each had two hits to lead the Bruins. Dow knocked in two with a double to the fence in the fifth to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. “We did a nice job at the plate until (Kelton) Saylor came in in the sixth. He retired seven of his nine batters faced and shut us down when we had a chance to win it in the sixth and seventh,” Coach Tony Uggen shared. Dow also made a spectacular diving catch in left on a sinking liner.

The Hornets squeezed in their second and fourth runs of the game and took advantage of a costly sixth inning error by the Bruins to tie the game. “We handled a first and third situation perfectly. We caught the runner at third and got him in a rundown and simply threw the ball away. In the seventh we gave up the lead-off hit but a wild pitch set the stage for the two bunts and a one run deficit. It’s the little things in baseball that separates teams that win and teams that don’t. Like our failure to execute at least three bunt situations while our opponent executed three of them perfectly. And right now that’s why we are more often than not on the short end. We are close, but our failure to execute the little things are costing us. But I am happy that I have the efforts of a few kids pick up. They are starting to understand what it takes to get the most out of your abilities,” Uggen explained. He continued, “You just feel like it will come together sooner than later. Hopefully, it’s the next time out.”

Shane Elam, Blaine Riddle, Jake Ross, Drew Caldwell, and Peyton Hurd each added a hit apiece.

The Bruins will close out the regular season on Monday, weather permitting, when they travel to Peru for a 6pm contest.