The Bruins finally broke out the bats after a three game stretch of struggling at the plate to get a 9-2 victory over Southwood (0-2).
Josh Jennings started for the Bruins and went 3.2 innings allowing two runs on two hits. He walked the first batter to start the game on four pitches, got an out, and gave up a 2-run homer to Logan Bailey before settling down. He gave up just one single after that, walked two, and struck out four.
Drew Caldwell relieved him in the fourth and pitched two shutout innings on three hits. He struck out two to earn his first win of the season on the mound. Peyton Hurd pitched 1.2 innings to close out the win. He allowed no hits, walked one and struck out one.
“I didn’t care for the lead-off walk, but other than that and the homer, we really pitched well overall. All three were around the plate after the first inning and we played very good defense behind them,” Coach Tony Uggen shared.
The Bruins took the lead early after two outs in the first. Caleb Mealy reached on an infield single and stole second and third. On his attempt to third, the ball got away from the third baseman allowing Mealy to score.
After the homer gave Southwood a 2-1 lead after Jennings had faced just three batters, the Bruins took advantage of an error in the third that would lead to four runs. Isaac Justice reached on the error by the third baseman to lead off that inning. Caleb Mealy walked with two outs. Peyton Hurd followed with a bloop single to left. After Justice scored on a wild pitch to tie it, Kyle Price smashed a 2-2 pitch over the left field fence to give the Bruins a 5-2 lead. “That was huge,” said Uggen. “Peyton got some luck with a well-placed bloop to keep the inning alive and Kyle flat out destroyed the ball. He has that potential but he tends to get tentative at times. In that moment, he didn’t.”
“Overall, we played very well. We had one error but that one could have been ruled a hit as well. I thought we had a great morning batting practice. We reviewed swing mechanics and the kids were more sharply focused and it carried over into tonight’s game. I hope that focus continues to grow because we have the potential to be a good baseball team. The pitching has been decent for the most part. The defense has been pretty solid for all but three to four innings all year. We just have to be more aggressive at the plate and we did that tonight. Put those together and you have a good recipe for success,” Uggen said.
The Bruins did turn a double play defensively and got a nice catch from Brandon Apple and a run saving catch of a soft liner by Rydge Dunica.
The Bruins improved to 4-5 with the win. They host Southern Wells on Friday for a 5pm twilight double header.