• The Wolverines started their 2022 season with a 6-4, come from behind win over visiting Canisteo-Greenwood/Jasper-Troupsburg, Thursday evening.   As is often the case for season openers, things were a bit rough at times.  However, BR took the lead for good in the 2nd and added an insurance run in the 4th.  

    The game started nicely for the boys, first batter grounded out 4-3, Ian Unfus making the flip to Caden Allen for the putout.  Back to back walks, had the visitors knocking.  In the midst of a third walk, the lead runner was thrown out trying to steal third.  Aydin Sisson from behind the plate making the throw to Cam MacDonell at third. So, things were looking pretty good, two down, maybe BR gets out unscathed. Walks 3 and 4 of the inning, loaded the bases just ahead of a sharp single to left to score one. A hit batter scored run 2 for the road squad. A swinging strikeout to batter number 8 in the lineup ended the threat.  Not good, but not bad only down 2-0.

    Trey Buchholz led off the BR first drawing a walk.  Unfortunately, he was caught stealing just ahead of Wyatt Karnuth’s sharp single up the middle. Karnuth stole 2nd and scored on Cam’s “just missed going out” triple the “fabric fence” in right center.  Allen drew a walk.  During Reiss Gaines’s at bat, a passed ball scored Cam and moved Caden up.  Gaines finished his walk to put two aboard. But the scoring was done for the first, 2-2. 

    The number 9 hitter singled to start the 2nd for the visitors.  Two more walks loaded the bags.  Allen took over on the hill.  A single to right plated one, but the second runner attempting to score was gunned out by Evan Pinney on the throw to Sisson at the dish. Runners at the corners, with one down.  A ground ball to Karnuth, who was playing third at this point, became out 2 as BR was wiling to trade the run for the out in the early going.  A little popper to Unfus at 2nd ended the threat but the visitors had retaken the lead 4-2.    

    The Wolverines’ 2nd started very nicely as Sisson and Unfus earned back to back free passes.   Cam drove in Sisson with a line drive single to center. Ian made it to third on the play.  Allen followed with a pop fly single that dropped in among three Canisteo fielders, easily scoring Unfus.  Cam made it around to the plate as the fielders were having a heck of a time with the ball out there.  Allen got to second. Gaines drew a walk, but that was it for BR’s 2nd, but the boys had taken the lead 5-4.

    Allen got two quick outs to start the 3rd.  A K and a comebacker.  A bloopish single to center put one on.  An infield error that could have ended the frame put men at the corners.  Buchholz, from the shortstop position,  made a sharp throw on a grounder to get the batter by a couple of steps for out 3, ending the threat.

    BR didn’t do anything with a one out walk by Sisson in their half, so the score remained 5-4.

    Allen had a 4 pitch inning in the top of the 4th. Grounder to Cam at first.  A lay out, Sportscenter-ish liner to Buchholz, who had moved to second.  And a pop out to Gaines in left center.

    Karnuth led off the BR 4th by taking the 1-2 pitch out on to the track.  The Canisteo left fielder could only watch the baseball, fittingly, go out over the Championship baseballs attached to the fence. Karnuth’s bomb gave BR a little extra cushion and turned out to be the last of the scoring for the game.

    Allen was still on the mound in the fifth. Sawyer Johnson corralled a fly ball down the right field line. After a walk, a pop out to Landon Danaher at short for out 2.  A single to right put two aboard and maybe had the visitors thinking come back, well they were sort of correct, as a comebacker to Allen, ended the inning.

    A one out single by Johnson went for naught as two straight fielder’s choice plays erased BR runners on the paths.

    Danaher took the mound to start the 6th.  He sandwiched three Ks around a pair of walks, keeping the score 6-4.

    BR’s 6th looked promising as Buchholz and Karnuth singled.  But a 6-3 DP took care of two outs and a pop foul to first ended that.

    Last chance for CGJT in the top of the 7th.  Two strikeouts wrapped around a walk that was erased on a fielder’s choice at second, Unfus to Buchholz.

    As stated above this had the look of a first game of the season.  17 walks and 15 strikeouts combined by the teams. But I am sure everyone with the “BR” on their caps is glad for the W. 

    BR collected 8 hits, Karnuth having three of them, including the ball onto the track. Wyatt also scored a second time.  Cam had two hits, the near miss triple included.  He also scored twice and plated 2.  Buchholz, Allen and Johnson got the other BR hits.  Allen driving in two along the way.  Sisson and Unfus came across the dish with the other Wolverine runs. 

    The Wolverines hope to be back at it on Monday, at 5, when the Rebels from Cuba-Rushford come to town.   The forecasts that I have seen might indicate otherwise. Stay tuned.