• The Wolverines had an easy go of things Friday evening with a 20-0, 5-inning win over the visiting Hinsdale Bobcats.  I suppose the outcome could have been even more unbalanced but Coach Allen pulled the reins in the final frame, holding back the runners on the bases. The Wolverines gathered up only 10 hits, were gifted a dozen walks, and a season’s worth of wild pitches.  They were on their third trip through the order in the bottom of the 4th when the final out was made on the bases.

    Three BR hurlers combined on a no hitter.  Caden Allen started, getting credit for the win by way of 2 innings of work on 17 pitches with a walk and two Ks. 

    Cam MacDonnell went innings three and four with all 6 outs being Ks while walking a pair.

    Reiss Gaines struck out the side in the fifth to close things out. 

    Allen threw six pitches to get out of the first.   A grounder to Cam at first, a grounder to Trey Buchholz on the first pitch to the 2nd batter, and finally a three pitch strikeout.

    Landon Danaher led off with a walk.  Stole his way to 3rd base fairly swiftly and crossed the plate on a wild pitch.  All while the second batter was still at the plate. Two sharply hit balls, right at Bobcats were turned into outs.  With 2 down, Cam started things again by drawing a walk of his own.  Caden followed likewise. Both moved up on steals. Cam scoring on a wild pitch.  Caden would score on Gaines’s single to left. Three runs on one hit in the inning?!

    A lead off walk in the top of the second was erased when Allen caught the runner leaning too much towards 2nd, the runner going down 1-3-6.  A K and a little dribbler handled nicely in front of the plate by Aydin Sisson, making the toss to Cam for the final out, and the end of Caden’s night on the bump.

    BR doubled their total in the second. Walks to Matt Mitchell and Evan Pinney preceded Danaher being hit by a pitch.  Mitchell moved up on a wild pitch, Pinney stole his way to second, which allowed Mitchell to score.  Pinney now at third and Danaher on second. One of the few negatives on the evening, a passed ball didn’t roll as far away from the catcher as either runner thought, at first.  Pinney was well on his way home, but couldn’t retreat as Danaher was pretty much already on 3rd.  So Pinney was tagged out but Landon was at third. Buchholz grounded out to the right side, allowing Danaher to score. Wyatt Karnuth walked, Cam walked.  Allen singled to left scoring Karnuth.   BR 6-0.

    Cam took over on the hill in the third.  As he was still finding his way, he allowed a couple of walks, but also struck out three to put an end to any threat.  2nd base was the closest Hinsdale would get in the game.

    BR added the extra point in their third. Sisson singled to center, Mitchell singled to right, with Aydin getting to third on the play. Pinney lifted a ball into center for the sac fly, scoring Sisson.  7-0.

    If you know of (remember)  the old Bugs Bunny baseball cartoon “one two three strikes, your out” 

    “one two three strikes, your out”  “one two three strikes, your out” , things were very close to that in the top of the fourth.  

    BR went into their at bat in the 4th hoping to maybe get enough runs to cover the “mercy rule” differential.  They accomplished that and then some. 

    Cam got on with a one out walk. Sawyer Johnson reached on an error by the shortstop.  Gaines got aboard going “five hole” on the second basemen, scoring both Cam and Sawyer. Sisson walked, Mitchell walked.  Gaines scored on a wild pitch. Pinney walked to reload the bags. Darien Champlin ripped a solid single to left, scoring Sisson.  Could have been more, but Coach Allen was like a crossing guard with the stop sign in hand, trying to hold the score to reasonable.  That wasn’t necessarily in the cards (let’s mix some more metaphors!).  Ian Unfus popped up, but the ball was misplayed, scoring Mitchell.  Karnuth hit a fielder’s choice grounder to short.  The ball was tossed into right field, everyone was safe as Pinney scored. Cam hit what normally would have been extra bases into left, scoring Darien. Johnson was hit by a pitch, getting an RBI as Unfus scored.  Infield fly rule was out #2.  Sisson singled again, scoring Karnuth.  Mitchell walked in Cam, Pinney singled to center, plating Johnson. Champlin ripped another single to left, sending Sisson home. Unfus dropped one over the second baseman’s head, Mitchel in to score.  I think I got it all in there.  If not, my bad.  BR 20-0.

    Gaines came on to pitch the last, and Hinsdale subbed in two new batters in the frame.  That didn’t really help them out, Gaines sat them down on 12 pitches.

    Individual mentions:  Danaher had one of those goofy baseball stat lines, 0 at bats, 2 runs scored?!

    Champlin had 2 hits good for 2 RBI and a run scored.

    Buchholz had one RBI in limited action.

    Unfus one hit, one run scored and one RBI.

    Karnuth 2 runs scored and one driven in.

    MacDonell three walks, one hit, one RBI and 3 runs scored.

    Allen a hit and a run scored in short time on the field.

    Johnson 2 runs scored one RBI.

    Gaines a hit, a run and 3 RBI.

    Sisson 2 hits, 3 runs scored, and one RBI.

    Mitchell 3 walks, 3 runs, a hit and an RBI.

    Pinney 2 walks, a hit a run and 2 RBI.

     

    I’ll go out on limb (going to have to be REALLY strong!) and say that the next game for BR might be a tad more challenging.  Barely enough time to sleep before BR heads over the Summit to visit Wellsville on Saturday at 1.