BR remained perfect on the season Wednesday evening by topping the visiting Coudersport Falcons, 9-2. BR jumped to an early 5-0 lead. They then saw the Falcons chip a bit closer with single runs in the 4th and 6th. The Wolverines finally closed things down with a big, 4 run home 6th. Benefitting from the early lead was starter Trey Buchholz. Trey went 4 innings, striking out 3. Caden Allen went the final three, with 4 Ks. Each only surrendered one hit.
At the plate, BR collected nine hits and earned 8 walks to push the offense.
The Falcons came out swinging. Their first two batters were first pitch swinging. The one was good for them, the other very good for BR. First man singled to right, dropping the ball in front of Allen. Next man up also hit Allen’s way, though more towards center. Caden ranged to his right, laid out to make the diving catch. Good thing his glove is on the right hand, cause if he had to go across his body, he probably couldn’t have made the grab. As it was, the runner assumed the ball was going to the gap and had already gone past 2nd. He was easily doubled off first, two down. Third man up took a few pitches before striking out and ending the inning, on only six pitches for Buchholz.
Apparently jacked up by the play in the field behind him, Buchholz started things for BR by lacing a triple by the centerfielder (also first pitch swinging!). Landon Danaher was plunked to put men at the corners, briefly. Landon stole second putting two in scoring position. Wyatt Karnuth hit a sharp grounder to short which scored Buchholz, Danaher to third. Cam MacDonell walked on four pitches then stole second returning BR to 2 in scoring position. Reiss Gaines singled up the middle scoring both. BR 3-0.
Coudy had a few things going in their portion of the second, but both were erased on the basepaths. A leadoff walk was followed by a K. While the third man was up, Aydin Sisson gunned out the runner at second with Ian Unfus applying the tag. Another walk had them hoping again, however, this time the runner was leaning way over towards second and Buchholz made the quick throw to MacDonell at first for the pickoff.
Sisson popped one behind third that might have been wind aided as it baffled the fielders and dropped in for a single. Unfus followed with a BEAUTY bunt to advance Sisson. No one covered the bag at third, so Aydin very alertly took the base. Next pitch, Sisson scored on Buchholz’s grounder to the right side. Danaher kept things going by drawing a walk. He then stole second and easily scored on Karnuth’s double to left. BR 5-0.
A leadoff hit batter started the Falcon third. He moved to second a few pitches later during the second batter’s K. Third man up hit a little popper to Unfus at second. Ian made a nice catch and was able to double up the runner who got way off second. Not sure if the team had two double plays for all of last year, and here they turn two in three innings!
BR was held off the score sheet in their half of the third, despite two singles and a walk. Gaines led off with a single but was erased when the Falcons were able to turn their own DP. Another single by Sisson and a walk to Unfus went for naught, leaving the score 5-0.
The visitors put one across in the 4th. The dreaded leadoff walk came around to score. After the walk, the runner advanced on a pitching miscue (wild pitch or passed ball, you decide?). He then tagged and advanced, as another fly to right was hauled in by Allen. A groundball to the infield scored the run. BR, 5-1.
BR’s 4th was uneventful and painfully quick.
For the fifth, Allen took over on the hill, Cam recorded all three outs in the frame. A comebacker to Allen, a clutch pickup after the long throw from Karnuth at third for out #2, and finally a popper behind the bag.
The BR 5th didn’t take advantage of Sisson’s 2nd hit of the game.
The Falcons doubled their total in the 6th. A one out hard grounder made it through to the outfield to put a man on. A single to right moved the runner along, missing the cutoff and other fumblings allowed the run to score. Two strikeouts by Allen ended the Coudersport scoring for the game.
For the BR 6th, Coach Allen was hoping for a little insurance. The boys delivered and then some. Danaher drew a walk and stole his way to third. Cam was gifted with an intentional walk. With runners at the corners, Coudy tried one of those trickeration plays in hopes of getting the lead runner. It “almost” worked. With Cam running, the throw from the catcher did not go through to second. The pitcher grabbed it and threw to get Danaher. However, the throw wasn’t true, and the ball skittered away from the third baseman, allowing Landon enough time to pop up and run home. Cam was able to advance to third on the same play. Allen then singled to center, scoring Cam. The centerfielder kicked the ball around allowing Caden to get to second. Gaines drew a walk, putting two aboard. Sawyer Johnson ripped a ball to left scoring both runs for the final tally of 9-2.
A couple of groundouts sandwiched around Allen’s 4th K, ended the night.
Sisson had one third of BR’s 9 hits, that would be three if you are not good with fractions. He scored once.
Gaines had a pair of hits, driving in 2 and scoring once.
Buchholz had his triple, scoring a run and later driving one in.
Karnuth had a double, and he also drove in a pair.
Allen had a hit, a run scored, and one RBI.
Johnson drove in a pair on his 6th inning hit.
Danaher had one of those weird baseball kind of stat lines. Only one official at bat, three runs scored.
BR is slated to head over to Friendship to face the Scio/ Friendship squad on Thursday evening. The weather forecasts are not looking especially promising, though apparently there have been discussions about making it a home game if necessary. Stay tuned.