The Wolverines added one to the W column Wednesday evening with a 10-0, 5 inning win over visiting Scio/Friendship. At times, the game really looked like one between teams that had been idle for about a week. The outcome possibly would have been tilted even further in one direction were it not for the “layoff”. BR missed some chances to really extend their leads.
As it did play out, Wyatt Karnuth and Reiss Gaines combined on a 1 hitter. Wyatt went 4 frames and Reiss pitched the fifth. A baker’s dozen of Ks were recorded by the pair. The only two non-strikeout outs for the visitors came on a nifty 6-4-3 DP in the 3rd.
On the offensive side of things, BR collected 7 hits, drew a half dozen free passes and were aided by 4 Eagles errors. Also helping the home squad, a handful of wild pitches, including on the closeout run.
The game, having been moved to Bolivar after the heavy rain in the afternoon, saw the visitors load the bags on 0 outs due to two walks and a sharp single to left. Karnuth settled himself down and fanned the next three to get out of the jam. That would prove to be S/F’s best chance for runs for the contest.
BR didn’t fair any better in their half of the inning. Karnuth drew a 2 out walk, stole 2nd and advanced to third as the throw down was off the mark. But that was that.
Karnuth fanned the side in the top of the 2nd.
It looked like the Wolverines were primed for a really big frame but could only manage a single run in the bottom of the 2nd. Caden Allen and Gaines walked. Matt Mitchell got aboard by a hit by pitch. Allen scored on a passed ball. Gaines was caught at the plate on the same pitch. BR reloaded the sacks as Aydin Sisson singled and Landon Danaher was hit by a pitch. Unfortunately, after two were already away, a fly ball to left just ended the inning.
A one out walk in the third was erased on the aforementioned DP, Danaher to Trey Buchholz to Allen.
BR put up a three spot in the bottom of the inning. Karnuth reached second on an error by the left fielder. While Cam MacDonell was working a walk, Karnuth stole third. Cam stole second, eliminating the possibility of a force play. Karnuth scored on Allen’s Sac fly to center. Cam also moved up 90 feet on the play. Gaines beat the throw to first while Cam crossed the plate on a groundball. Gaines took second. Matt Mitchell reached on an error to the outfield, but Gaines was unable to move up. While Sisson was at the plate, both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Sisson drove in Gaines with his second hit of the night. BR 4-0 at this point.
A couple of walks in the top of the 4th would be for naught as Karnuth struck out three in the inning, running his total to an even 10 and effectively ending his time on the mound as his pitch count was climbing.
Karnuth and MacDonell walked to greet the new S/F pitcher in the bottom of the 4th. Both advancing on a double steal. Karnuth scored on a wild pitch. Allen dropped a ball in behind the shortstop to put two aboard. Both moved up on a passed ball. Mitchell singled to the hole at short, just beating the throw. Cam crossed the plate and Allen to third on the play. Sisson drove in Allen with a sac fly to center. BR 7-0.
A two out walk was all the visitors would manage against Gaines’s three Ks in the top of the fifth.
The Wolverines were hoping to get to the 10 run margin a might earlier, but, there they were in the bottom of the fifth still needing 3.
Danaher led off by getting plunked for the third time in the contest. He moved up on a stolen base and came across the dish on a single by Ian Unfus to center. Unfus stole his way around to third. Darien Champlin lifted a ball to right, more than deep enough to sac fly Unfus in. As a bonus, the fielder dropped the ball, putting Champlin at first. Darien stole 2nd, while Cam was at the plate. Cam got plunked to put two on. Both moved up on a wild pitch. Allen got hit as well to load the bags. Nobody out, Gaines at the plate, bases loaded all that would be need was some contact, or another wild pitch. The ball got away to the backstop and Champlin beat the throw back to score the decisive run.
Sisson led the squad with 2 hits and 2 RBIs. Others gathering hits were Unfus, Allen, Gaines, and Mitchell. Other RBIs were from the same group and Champlin. The runs scorers were Danaher, Unfus, Champlin, and Gaines all scored once. Karnuth, MacDonell, and Allen scored 2 times each.
BR hosts Andover/Whitesville on Monday, maybe at 5 maybe at 6, that’s dependent on a bussing situation from the roadies. It is supposed to snow on Sunday to Monday, perhaps, too!!!