The Wolverines, coming back from a mini-hiatus, won their second straight game by virtue of the mercy rule Wednesday evening. Idle since last Friday, BR was able to top the visiting Cuba-Rushford Rebels, 12-2. The game ended with 2 down in the home sixth. The BR offense gathered 9 hits and earned an equal number walks from a quartet of CR hurlers. They also were aided by a six pack of errors by the visitors. BR scored in every inning, while striking out only two times as a team.
One the other side of the page, Trey Buchholz and Reiss Gaines combined to hold the Rebels to three hits over the six frames. Trey had 4 Ks and a walk, in the first four innings, while Reiss had one K and a walk for his two frames on the hill to wrap things up.
Things started much better for the Rebels than it would end. Their leadoff man ripped a triple down the left field line. He would later come in on a groundout, Ian Unfus at second to Cam MacDonell at his usual first base. A flyout to Evan Pinney in left and Trey’s first K ended the Rebels rally.
BR answered right back in the bottom. Landon Danaher worked a leadoff walk. He stole second but would be caught stealing during Trey’s at bat. Trey reached on an error at short. Wyatt Karnuth doubled to left putting two in scoring position. Cam grounded out to second, scoring Buchholz and moving Karnuth to third. A sharp line out to second ended the rally. 1-1.
Karnuth returned the favor to start the second, snaring a liner to the hot corner. Trey’s lone walk was the cream center of a strikeout Oreo to end the inning.
For all intents and purposes, BR won the game in their second at bat, plating 5 in the process. Reiss drew a walk to start things. Aydin Sisson drove a ball to left, for a single, Gaines stopping at three. Sisson stole second. Back to the top of the order with 2 down, Danaher singled to left to score Gaines. With runners at the corners, Danaher stole second rather easily. Buchholz delivered both Sisson and Danaher with a single to right. Karnuth reached on an error, Trey got to third and Wyatt landed at second. Cam sent them both home with a single to left. On the play in Cam moved up to second as the ball was mishandled. BR 6-1.
A popper to Karnuth, a fly out to Pinney occurred before CR’s second hit of the night a ball to the hole at short. A grounder to Cam who stepped to his left to end the inning.
Sisson drew a one out walk for BR in their third. Pinney grounded to third and in an attempt to get the lead runner on the fielder’s choice, the throw skittered to center. Sisson made it to third. During Unfus’s at bat, Pinney stole second with the throw being mishandled by the shortstop allowing Sisson to cross the plate. BR 7-1.
Gaines made a nice diving catch in center for out 1 to start the 4th. An error put a man on. Trey’s 4th K was out #2. Sisson settled under a pop foul halfway down the third base line to end the rally.
Karnuth singled to center to start things for the home side in the 4th. He stole second and the fielder booted the throw down allowing Wyatt to get to third. Cam drew a walk. Caden Allen hit a sharp ball to center allowing Karnuth to score on the sac fly. BR 8-1.
CR closed the gap by one in the top of the fifth. Gaines was now on the mound and several other position changes had been made. A leadoff grounder to Sisson, who moved to second, making the toss to Cam for out one. A single up the middle started the CR rally. A comebacker to Gaines moved the runner up, two down. A BR error allowed the run to score. The third out was Gaines’s K. BR 8-2.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Wolverines were hoping for a four spot to close things out, but only got halfway there. Catcher, Ethan Childs singled to left. He later stole second. And moved up on a groundout. With 2 down, Karnuth was plunked putting men at the corners. With Cam at the dish, Karnuth broke for second, the throw went through but didn’t get Wyatt. I have to figure that isn’t what the Rebels’ coaches really wanted, even though it had a chance of ending the inning. On the play Childs scored. Cam followed up with a big double to the gap in left center. Karnuth strolled home, BR 10-2.
A groundout to Karnuth and a running catch by Danaher in center started the CR 6th. A walk and a hit batter put 2 on for the guests, desperately hoping to hang on for more. But Gaines induced a popout to Cam behind first to stop the Rebels.
The fourth Rebel thrower came on for the 6th. Matt Mitchell earned a one out walk. Childs was hit by a pitch to put two on. A fielder’s choice by Danaher eliminated Childs at second, Mitchell getting to third. Danaher stole second to put the potential decisive runs into scoring position. Buchholz walked to load the sacks. Karnuth put the finishing touches on the game with a single to center, scoring Matt and Landon for the necessary 10 run differential.
Danaher walked twice, scored twice, had a hit and an RBI and DIDN’T get hit by a pitch.
Buchholz really aided his pitching half, with a hit and a walk good for two runs scored and also a pair of RBIs.
Karnuth had a solid game at the dish, with a double among three hits, a pair of ribbies and three runs scored.
Cam plated 4 on a pair of hits, one a double.
Caden had a sac fly RBI.
Reiss scored following a base on balls.
Sisson had a hit and two walks, scoring twice.
Mitchell drew a walk and would later score the penultimate run.
Childs had a hit and a run scored.
Both teams will be back playing on Friday in Bolivar.
The Rebels start the annual BR tournament as they will face the Honeoye Bulldogs in the opener at 4:30. BR will play the Oswayo Valley Green Wave in the night cap scheduled to start about 7.
The winners of each contest will go for the big trophy on Saturday afternoon at about 1. The consolation game is to start at 11 am.
BR will be busy next week with 4 games on the slate.
The weather for the next little while is supposed to be bordering on summery, according to some.