• The Wolverines wrapped up another successful BR baseball tournament with a resounding 11-0 whitewash of the Honeoye Bulldogs in five innings Saturday afternoon.  This marked BR’s 4th consecutive 10 run rule shortened victory.  But that’s not even the biggest part of the story.  Tournament MVP Landon Danaher was one hit batter away from tossing a perfect-o.  After the kid was aboard, Landon picked him off first, so he only faced 15 batters for the contest!  Also on his stat line was a perfect 10 in the K department.  Had the game gone the distance I think Landon still had plenty of fuel in the tank to finish the job, how many can say that these days!!!

    The Wolverine bats backed him up plenty, putting crooked numbers up in all four at bats. The boys amassed 12 hits, with 3 walks and were helped by 3 Bulldog errors.  I know for people of a certain era that may not be a welcome sounding bit of info.

    But if we’re honest about things, what really made the difference was the new walk-up music selected by the players’ mothers for this Mother’s Day weekend!  Great stuff!!

    Honeoye put away Cuba Rushford (who took 3rd place) 8-3 in the 10 am slot.  That game went kind of long, as did the consolation game, so the Championship tilt never got under way until 3 pm.  I have to guess at that point, those dogs were tired.   Their leadoff batter, though, made Landon work by fouling off several quality pitches before going down on strikes.  The next two didn’t offer as much resistance, both grounding out to Ian Unfus at second, with the tosses to Cam MacDonell at first.

    Danaher wasted no time getting things going on the offensive side of things.  First pitch swinging, he drove a ball into left for a single.  He then stole second ahead of Trey Buchholz’s double to right which had Landon cross the plate with the winning run.  Buchholz stole third while Wyatt Karnuth was earning a walk.  If you’ve been following along, you know Wyatt was going to steal the base.  Cam grounded to third, and as the throw went to first to just barely get Cam, Trey ran home and Wyatt moved up. Caden Allen singled home Karnuth.  Reiss Gaines followed with a single of his own, off the pitcher’s mitt which slowed the ball enough so they had no chance to get Reiss with his speed.  But that proved to be the extent of the first inning highlights for BR, but a nice 3-0 head start.

    Three Ks from the 4-5-6 men of the Honeoye order in their second.

    Danaher ripped a one out triple to left center. Buchholz was hit with a pitch to follow.  He then took off and stole second.  Karnuth hit to the right side easily plating Landon, moving Trey to third.  Cam blasted one to right center. It got hung up in the wind, probably keeping it in the yard.  To the chagrin of most wearing the BR, the ball rolled under the temporary fence for the ground rule double, even though Cam was halfway to third by then. (Stupid rules!)  The Wolverines were unable to reward Cam by bringing him in.  BR 5-0. 

    Another trio of Ks from the bottom third of the Honeoye order in the third.

    Gaines started the BR third with a sharp single up the middle.  He went on to steal 2nd.  DH Aydin Sisson sent one into left.  They tried to get Gaines to no avail and on the play, Sisson got to second. He would score very soon.  One of the oldest baseball adages is “Hit ‘em where they ain’t”.  That is exactly what catcher Ethan Childs did next, slashing a ball the opposite way and down the line in right. The right fielder was playing shaded way towards center for most of the game, so Ethan took advantage of that, getting all the way to third on the play.  Ethan was caught leaning and was erased at third.  Matt Mitchell and then Danaher drew walks.  Buchholz singled on a hard grounder to right.  Danaher, practicing his dance moves for the upcoming prom, perhaps, deftly hopped over the ball as it rolled to the outfield.  Mitchell scored and Landon stopped at third.  Buchholz added to BR’s life of crime by stealing second.  Karnuth grounded to the right side to plate Danaher and move Trey to third.  BR 9-0.  

    Honeoye’s first batter in the fourth popped out to Sawyer Johnson, who was now patrolling right field. The next kid was their only baserunner of the game. A pitch that got away from Landon hit the batter in the shin.  After a pitch, Danaher looked over to first, fired a bullet to Cam who made the tag for the out.  The third man in the inning fanned.

    Gaines hit a one out single to center.  The centerfielder fumbled the ball temporarily which allowed Reiss to get to second.  An out later, Childs beat out a ball to short while Gaines scored.  A textbook example of why middle infielders should ALWAYS back up the throw from the catcher to the pitcher followed. The ball sailed well past the pitcher into center field allowing Childs to get over to third.  Evan Pinney hit a ground ball that their second baseman booted, putting Pinney on base and scoring Childs.  BR 11-0.

    Two more strikeouts and a popout foul to Childs over by the first base dugout ended the game.  

    For the statheads out there:

    Danaher had two hits, one a three bagger, and scored three times.  Exactly what you want from the leadoff spot.

    Buchholz had twos aplenty, with two hits, one a double, two RBI, and two runs scored, in two official at bats.

    Karnuth drove in a pair and scored once.

    Cam had the big double to score one.

    Allen had a hit and RBI.

    Gaines went three for three scoring off two of them.

    Sisson had a hit, a run scored, and an RBI.

    Childs had two hits, including the triple, driving in a pair and scoring once.

    Mitchell scored a run following a walk.

    A lot of names there showing that it was a true team effort.

    Besides Danaher taking the MVP trophy, Buchholz, Karnuth, and MacDonell also were named to the All Tournament team.  

    Busy week ahead for BR as they have 4 games on the schedule.  First up is Andover-Whitesville at home at 7 pm.  The mod(ified) squad has a game at five ahead of the varsity guys.

    To all the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, big sisters (and little sisters, why not) Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday.  

    If you still can, be sure to spend some time with your mom in some way.