The Bruin baseball team ventured up north to near Valparaiso to play two at South Central (Union Mills) yesterday. Unfortunately, a couple key mistakes prevented the Bruins from picking up a win against the Satallites (7-5).
Eli Martin pitched game one and, despite a tough first inning in part due to a critical error, pitched a great game in going the distance. He pitched 6 innings allowing 7 runs, 1 earned on 12 hits. He walked single batter and struck out 5.
The Bruins got two in the first. Cam Elam walked and stole second. Ethan Morris followed with a single in the hole at third. Landon Rogers bunt single was thrown to first despite no one being there to score Elam. Dane Baker then grounded out to short to score Morris. Unfortunately, a one out error at third opened the door to five unearned runs for the Satellites in the bottom half of the first. “That was tough because if we make that play I doubt they score. Eli (Martin) threw a great game. He walked just one batter and threw very few pitches after the first. That’s what we want. The defense just let him down,” said coach Tony Uggen. The Bruins had no luck in the middle innings but managed to put two runs on the board on the seventh to make the final 7-4. “Their two pitchers threw hard. Nine strikeouts didn’t help our cause, but we still battled.”
The Bruins would see more velocity in game two as the Bruins struck out 13 times in a 6-3 loss. After a great catch by Cam Elam (see pic below) with two outs in the third to save a run, the Bruins again would again score first scoring three in the fourth. Elam walked and was followed by a single by Ethan Morris. Landon Rogers was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Dane Baker flew out to center to score Elam. Mason Merkel was then hit in the head by a fastball but was able to stay in. That reloaded the bases. Taylor Glawson reached on an error and Gavin Collett walked to make it 3-0. With two outs, Nate Limle grounded sharply to third, but the third baseman went to a knee and grabbed it while falling directly on the bag to end the inning. “I thought Nate’s (Limle) ball might have a shot to get through, but the guy made a nice play. It goes through and we are up 5-0. Just couldn’t catch a break,” said Uggen.
The Satellites would tie it an inning later, again, thanks to a Bruin error. A routine grounder to third was thrown away with one out. That was followed by a walk and later a single and double to tie it. “It was almost identical to the first game. We had them where we wanted them, but we made a miscue and it cost us. It cost Ethan (Morris) several extra pitches and rather than having two out and no on, he had to face several extra batters and they finally got to him as most good teams do,” said Uggen.
North Central would get a lead-off home to left in the bottom of the sixth and would go on to add two more in the inning to lead 6-3 heading to the seventh. Gavin Collett lead-off with a walk and pinch runner Brayden Teer stole second, but the next three Bruins went down to end the game. Teer was limited to baserunning duties due to a finger injury from late last week. He will be limited through Thursday of this week.
“They were a pretty good baseball team and we played them pretty well. Take away the two half innings of defense and Saturday may have turned out more in our favor. We just are very young and inexperienced and simply cannot afford to give our opponents extra opportunities. That will improve as our kids get more experience,” said Uggen. “But I like the fact that we had two sophomores and a freshman throw very well for us today. Limiting walks certainly helps our cause and we did much better on that regard. Hopefully, that continues. We also saw a lot of heat from the mound and that will help us going forward,” added Uggen.
Ethan Morris worked 5.1 innings allowing 6 runs, 3 earned on 7 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 4. Nate Limle pitched to the final two batters. He walked the first batter, but he was thrown out stealing and got a fly out.
The Bruins (7-9) will host 2A, #6 South Adams (11-3) on Monday at 5pm, weather permitting.