• The Wolverines came out on top of the host Fillmore Eagles Wednesday evening, 8-7. While BR’s record remains unsullied, it would be difficult to say the same for the way this game played out. BR would have to climb back twice from deficits before they were able to put this one away in exciting and dramatic fashion.  The cause of the deficits were two innings that without exaggeration were the worst defensive frames the team has had stretching back to last year. Contributing to those innings were a few calls that might be considered debatable.   

    Things started well for BR as Landon Danaher and Trey Buchholz earned back-to-back free passes.  Danaher’s after he was down 0-2 in the count.  Both runners moved up on a double steal.  Cam MacDonell plated Danaher with a sac fly to center field, Buchholz advanced to 3rd on the play.  BR 1-0.

    In the home first, the first two batters K’d.   Two walks returned the favor of the top of the inning. But Danaher composed himself and got the third out via the strikeout.

    BR extended their lead in the top of the 2nd.  Aydin Sisson dropped a one out single over the second baseman to get aboard.  He was quickly erased on a fielder’s choice, off the bat of Ian Unfus, to the same second sacker.   While Danaher was working his second walk of the game, Unfus took 2nd.  Later, Buchholz lined a single to center, scoring Unfus and moving Danaher to third. During Wyatt Karnuth’s at bat, the throw back was bounced past the pitcher.   Danaher alertly scored and Buchholz was temporarily hung up between 2nd and 3rd.  He eluded the tag near second and was able to beat the left fielder to the bag at third.  Unfortunately, that would be as far as he got in this trip around the bases. BR 3-0.

    That lead would be short lived as Fillmore sent 11 to the plate in the bottom of the 2nd

    Their leadoff man got aboard on the first debatable call.  Ground ball to Buchholz, who made a nice play to track the grounder down. The throw to Cam was in plenty of time but the call was that his foot was off the bag.  From my spot 120 feet away, I disagreed but no one asked me.  Second man up took one for their team.   Third man, singled to center scoring two, with the batter taking second on the throw in.

    Finally, an out as the #9 man in their order fanned.  Two walks sandwiched around the fifth K of Danaher’s night, bases loaded.  With Landon’s pitch count climbing, Coach Allen went to the pen and brought Buchholz on to pitch.

    First pitch swinging laced a ball to left scoring 2 more. Another walk re-loaded the bags.  With a wild pitch scoring run number 5 for the home team.  Three strikeouts, three hits, a hit batter, and four walks put the score to 5-3 Eagles.   A lot of it could have been different had that call at first been different.

    BR inched closer in the top of the third. Caden Allen reached on a dribbler to the pitcher who threw the ball away allowing Caden to reach second.   Matt Mitchell ripped a single up the middle scoring Allen.  Fillmore 5-4.

    Two Ks and a popper to Cam negated a walk in the home 3rd.

    BR retook the lead in the 4th.  Danaher earned walk #3.  An errant pickoff attempt went up the first base line.  Danaher scooted around to third on the play.  Unfortunately, he was erased on a fielder’s choice by Trey.  Karnuth doubled to left putting two in scoring position.  Cam singled to the hole at short and beat the throw to first. On the play, Buchholz scored easily and Karnuth caught the Eagles sort of napping and raced home with the lead run, BR 6-5.  

    Fillmore went quickly in their portion of the 4th.  After a leadoff K, the next batter got aboard by way of an error.  The third man up grounded right to Cam who stepped on 1st for one, then threw down to Danaher who applied the tag at 2nd for a slightly unconventional 3-6 DP.

    BR loaded the bases with 1 down in the fifth, but they were unable to pad their lead.  Walks to Mitchell and Sisson followed by Unfus being hit by a pitch was the BR offense.

    In the Fillmore half, things looked to be unravelling for BR.  Again, partially assisted by a call of a certain level of dubiousness.  A tough luck error started things. The next batter hit to the infield as well.  The try to get the lead runner looked to be successful as he was initially out (by a good step and a half at least) but on the transfer to maybe try for two, the ball was kicked out of the glove (from my angle?).  Two on, no one out. A wild pitch moved the runners up 90 feet.  The tying run scored on another groundball that wasn’t ideally played by the boys.  The runner advanced from 2nd to 3rd on the play.  Another infield grounder allowed the run to score with 2 away.  The final out was recorded on a comebacker. 

    Eagles 7-6.

    With only 6 outs to work with, things might have been starting to look bleak.  But, Karnuth singled to center.  He stole 2nd while Cam was batting.  Even with a man aboard, usually an 0-2 pitch is something that would normally not be hittable. Except tonight.  On the two strike pitch, Cam lined one over the fence in left center reclaiming the lead for the good guys, 8-7.

    Fillmore temporarily had a chance in their half to the sixth.  First a ground ball to Unfus at second with the flip to Cam, one away.  Next man up ripped a shot to left center, Reiss Gaines made a valiant attempt to catch it on the fly.  The batter had second and was going for third. But Gaines made a quick recovery and fired a strike into Unfus who was able to get the tag down at second as the runner was scrambling back. Final man of the inning also put a bit of a charge into one but Evan Pinney was able to settle underneath the ball for out 3.  Phew!

    BR went in order in their half of the last.

    As did the home side in the seventh.  First out was a fly to Gaines in center.  Then two swinging Ks delivered by Buchholz on the hill.  

    On to the statsy things.

    Danaher started and all five outs he recorded were Ks.  Unfortunately, his pitch count was getting up there as there were several free bases given.  Buchholz picked up the W with 5 and one-third innings, fanning 6, two runs against (neither earned).

    With bats in their hands, the Wolverines collected 7 hits, and an equal number of walks.

    Karnuth and MacDonell had two hits apiece.  Karnuth a single and a double. Cam a single and the 2 run bomb.  Buchholz, Sisson and Mitchell had the other BR hits. Mitchell and Buchholz drove in one run each, while Cam plated 5 runs, including the winner!  Danaher and Karnuth scored twice each. Trey, Cam, Caden and Ian all scored one each.

    Fillmore has regularly been a tough game for BR and this one stayed true to form in that regard.

    The Wolverines continue their road trip with a run to Hinsdale on Friday at 5, A trip over the Summit quickly follows on the heels of that one,  as they are slated to square off with Wellsville on Saturday at noon.  Both weather forecasts are looking favorable at this point.