The Wolverines kept a couple of streaks going Monday evening with a 19-1 come from behind takedown of the visiting Andover/Whitesville Blue Panthers? (Yeah, I don’t know what these merged squads call themselves?) The current winning streak reached five. That is also the number of consecutive games that have not gone the distance.
Sawyer Johnson started on the hill and went 4 innings, striking out 5, walking 2 and he was charged with the visitor’s run. Evan Pinney pitched the final inning.
I’ll do this a little differently.
Top of the first, Johnson got a K and a little popper that Landon Danaher flagged down in short left. Then there was one pitch (well maybe two pitches) Sawyer would like to have back (I imagine), the third man up ripped a triple to left. He scored, a few pitches later, on a wild pitch. Last man went down on strikes.
A bit of a statistical oddity for BR’s turn at the plate. They scored three times, made three outs, on 10 pitches?! Danaher singled to right and took second on the throw. Trey Buchholz went the same way, scoring Danaher. Trey stole his way to third slightly ahead of Wyatt Karnuth lashing a shot to the gap in left center. Wyatt motored around the bases before the ball came in for the inside the park 2 run shot. The final three guys were first pitch swinging, none with positive results. BR coming from behind to take the 3-1 lead.
A comebacker to Johnson, a backwards K and a fly to Matt Mitchell in left accounted for A&W’s second inning.
This is where I will divert from the norm.
In BR’s 2nd frame, they scored 15 times and sent 21 to the plate. As Coach Allen typically will do in situations like this, the running stopped, single bases, no advancement on bad pitches, etc. BR 18-1.
Top of the 3rd, there were two more Ks, Aydin Sisson squeezing the foul tip on the first one. Then Caden Allen snared a popper at first.
BR went rather quietly in the bottom. Ian Unfus drawing a walk for the only bit of offense.
A one out single to the hole at short gave the road team a sliver of light. A walk put a second man on.
The rally ended on the second 3-6 double play we’ve seen this year. Allen making the scoop and step at first, then he fired a BB to Reiss Gaines covering the bag, who applied the tag for out 3.
Walks to Allen and Gaines started the bottom of the fourth. Sisson grounded into a fielder’s choice, eliminating Gaines. Mitchell singled to left driving in Allen with BR’s last run.
Pinney came on to pitch the last. Gaines to Allen for out one. A single to right. A grounder to Allen. Finally, a little nubber in front of the dish, Sisson to Allen to close the book.
Danaher was 3 for 3 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored.
Buchholz was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI and 3 runs scored.
Karnuth drove in a pair on his homerun and scored another following a walk.
Cam MacDonell had a hit, an RBI, a walk and 2 runs scored.
Allen drove in one on a sac fly, drew a walk, and scored twice.
Gaines had two hits, drove in three and scored one.
Sisson had three hits, driving in one, and scoring 2.
Mitchell was 3 for 3 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored.
Johnson had a hit, an RBI and scored a pair.
In total BR had 16 hits assisted by 8 walks and three errors.
Like the other day, they struck out not at all.
I will hazard a guess that the next game will be different. Newest bestest rival, the Fillmore Eagles make the trip into town for the 5 pm Tuesday night clash.
I apologize about not doing the usual rundown for the second inning. It is late and I probably would be like Ringo at the end of Helter Skelter yelling out, “I’ve got blisters on my fingers!”
Finally, since most of the boys came up through the BR ranks, they’d like to extend a big Happy Birthday to their modified coach of yore, Mr. Margeson. Happy something short of 50, Coach!