After the coaching staff battled all day after the early rain, the Bruins won game one of a twilight double header, 11-1, over Southern Wells (1-4) on a nice, yet windy, evening. Taking only 75 minutes, Peyton Hurd fired a complete game five-hitter allowing one earned run to earn the win. He walked none and struck out five. With the win, he improved to 3-1 on the mound.
Trailing 1-0 heading to the bottom of the third, Rydge Dunica walked and took second on an errant pick off attempt. Brandon Apple’s base hit bunt moved Dunica to third. Cam Elam grounded to short, but Dunica was thrown out at the plate. Elam stole second and Apple and Elam scored on a two RBI single by Drew Caldwell to put the Bruins up 2-1. Caleb Mealy followed with a two-run homer. Peyton Hurd then singled and stole second before scoring on a Kyle Price double to make it 5-1.
The Bruins collected six straight hits without an out in the fifth to win it 11-1. Caldwell singled for his third hit of the game. Mealy followed with a double moving Caldwell to third. Hurd singled in Caldwell to make it 6-1. A Kyle Price bunt single, Brandon Stroble two RBI triple and Josh Jennings two-run homer to left center ended the game.
“I thought Peyton pitched well overall. He didn’t have a lot of pop early but didn’t waste any pitches. He threw a lot of strikes and let his defense help him. I think he had three innings of eight pitches or less and only threw 52 pitches the entire game,” noted Coach Tony Uggen.
The Bruins pounded out 12 hits. Drew Caldwell was 3-3 with two RBI. Caleb Mealy, Kyle Price, and Brandon Stroble all went 2-3.
With the win, the Bruins evened their record at 5-5.
The Bruins took game two of the double header, 18-3, as the Bruins pounded out 15 hits and took advantage of two walks, three hit batters and four Raider errors.
The Bruins plated seven of their first eight hitters. They added eight runs in the second and three more in the third and the Bruins chose not to send runners on several wild pitches with the game out of hand.
Drew Caldwell went 3-3 with a walk to finish the day 6-6 and reached base all 7 times up in the double header.
Caleb Mealy got the win despite pitching just three innings as he left with a 17 run lead after being hit be a sharp one hopper in the wrist. Caldwell finished the inning and Dane Baker pitched a scoreless fifth in his first varsity appearance on the mound. He struck out two.
Mealy, Peyton Hurd, Kyle Price, Brandon Stroble, and Dalton Willmann each had two hits. Hurd led the team with three RBI.
Coach Uggen said of the Bruins efforts in game two, “We swung the bats pretty well and several went for extra base hits. But I am just as happy with the fact that the defensive effort was very good as we made only one error all night. Drew (Caldwell) had one heck of a day at the plate. He had a rough start this season so it was good to see him break out tonight. And I thought all four pitchers did well including Drew and Dane (Baker).”
The Bruins (6-5) host Marion (4-2) on Tuesday at 5:30pm at Bruin Field.