The Bruins played well for five and half innings and lead 4-0 going to the 6th, but the Bruins couldn’t hang on and dropped to 10-17 on the season with the loss to the Tigers who improved to 14-8.
Josh Jennings pitched well early going two innings and allowing no runs on a hit. Peyton Hurd then relieved and pitched three shutout innings. He got a double play to get out of the third then retired the next four batters before allowing three straight two-out hits in the fifth. He got a pop up to end the threat the the Bruins took a four run lead to the sixth.
The Bruins lead 1-0 after Caleb Mealy’s single to left in the third. The Bruins tacked on three more runs, all with two outs, in the fourth. Drew Caldwell singled to right. Peyton Hurd reached on a throwing error by the shortstop that sent Caldwell to third. Josh Jennings helped his own cause with an RBI single to make it 2-0. After a Shane Elam walk loaded the bases, Braxton Strait hit a grounder to third that was misplayed by the third basemen leading to two more runs and the 4-0 lead. Mealy then scorched a liner to left center but the ball was easily caught by the center fielder for the third out. “I thought that ball was in the gap off the bat, but no such luck. We did a good job expanding our lead there thanks to their miscues,” Head Coach Tony Uggen stated.
The Bruins fortunes came to end late, which has been the bugaboo of the Bruins the last few weeks. Relieve Jake Ross walked the lead-off man in the sixth. A bunt single sent the lead runner to second. And RBI double made it 4-1 and ended Ross’s day. Dayton Dow gave it a shot but walked his first batter to load the bases before going 2-1 on the second batter. He was then pulled for starter Josh Jennings who proceeded to walk Dow’s batter to make it 4-2, still with no outs. Jennings walked the next batter on five pitches to make it 4-3 before a sac fly tied the game at 4-4. The Bruins appeared to be out of the inning as they had a runner gunned down at second base but the umpire yelled “safe” allowing the go ahead run to score. A double made it 6-4.
The Bruins got a two-out single by Blaine Riddle but the Peru reliever go the final out to nail down the win.
“Josh (Jennings) and Peyton (Hurd) threw decent over the course of the first five innings, but we need them Wednesday so we had to watch their pitch counts. Overall as a team, we played great for six of the six-and-a-half innings. Again, that 4-5% is what is causing us fits. It’s frustrating because we are really playing pretty well down the stretch against some quality opponents, but just can’t finish the job,” Uggen added, “I’d say we are about do for everything to fall into place. Wednesday would be a nice place to start.”
The Bruins managed seven singles from seven different players. Getting those were Caleb Mealy, Dayton Dow, Blaine Riddle, Jake Ross, Drew Caldwell, Peyton Hurd, and Brandon Stroble. Mealy and Hurd drove were the only two to collect RBIs.
The Bruins will face the host Tigers at the Yorktown Sectional on Wednesday. The Bruins play game two around 7:30pm.