The Wolverines continued a string of double-digit scores on a picture postcard Tuesday evening, coming from behind and outlasting the Fillmore Eagles, 10-2. The win brings the record up to 14-1 on the season with only a handful of games left before sectional play. Despite the score this one was a bit of a nail biter before the Wolverines put a 5 spot on the board in the sixth. They had a chance to continue their Mercy rule streak but couldn’t connect one more time with men on the bases in the bottom of the sixth.
Trey Buchholz got the start and went three innings. He was still the pitcher of record when BR took the lead for good. His stat line was 3 Ks, 2 hits, a walk and two runs surrendered, neither earned. BR had a couple of uncharacteristic errors to help the visitors. Landon Danaher came on in the 4th and fanned 8, with a hit and 2 walks surrendered to earn the save.
On the offensive side of things, the boys collected 11 hits against a pair of Eagle pitchers. They also drew 3 walks and were helped by three Eagle errors.
It wasn’t a terrific start for the home squad, though it could have been much, much worse. Holding the Eagles to 1 in the first was a big point in the game. Danaher snared a little liner at short for one away. An error put a man on. The next two batters singled to load the bags. I honestly thought they could have plated a run on the second single, but the kid wasn’t sent home. Thanks Eagle coach! A strikeout stemmed the tide for a moment. A hit batter forced in the first run of the game. A grounder Aydin Sisson to Cam MacDonell ended the rally with the bags still full.
BR went down in the first not utilizing Buchholz’s walk.
Things were much quicker in the top of the second. Two Ks and a liner to Sisson at second wasted the one out walk.
BR stepped out in front in their half. A one out walk to Gaines was turned into a run when Sisson shot a ball to one of the deeper parts of the park for two bases. Tie game. Sisson moved to third on a ground out, the Eagles just barely getting Ethan Childs at first. Matt Mitchell lined one to center for the go ahead run. BR 2-1.
Fillmore tied it right back up. First man got aboard after being hit by a pitch. He advanced to third on an errant throw. He would then come in on a sac fly to left. A grounder to Danaher and a rumblin’, bumblin’, stumblin’ (hey he held on to it, that is all that matters) to Caden Allen in right would end the rally.
BR took the lead for good in the bottom of the third. A one out walk to Wyatt Karnuth was the ticket. Wyatt would go on and steal second, then get to third on a wild pitch. Allen ripped a ball up the middle for the 3-2 good guys’ lead.
Danaher came to pitch to start the 4th and played a part in every out. A comebacker, Landon to Cam. Then two swinging Ks made quick work of the Eagles.
BR went equally as quick on the bottom of 4, going down in order.
Top of 5, three Ks sandwiched around one walk. Still too close for comfort, at 3-2.
For the Wolverines’ fifth, the Eagles switched pitchers. Buchholz got aboard on a one out error. He stole second. Karnuth doubled to center, scoring Trey. Cam hit a hard grounder to the left fielder, easily scoring the speedy Karnuth. BR 5-2.
Eagle 6th, two grounders to Sisson wrapped around another K.
BR nearly ended the game in the bottom of the sixth. Sisson hit a one out single to the hole at short. Childs hit a single to center and took second when the throw to get Sisson went towards third. The ball got away from the fielder and Sisson was able to get home. Mitchell got plunked putting two aboard. Danaher singled to right, scoring Childs and moving Mitchell to third. Landon stole second to put a pair in scoring position. Karnuth singled to center scoring both. He took second when the throw went to the plate. Karnuth stole third. Cam hit a hard shot off the shortstop’s foot and beat the throw to first to score Karnuth. Allen singled to center to put two on. If they had been able to come in and score, ball game. But they only needed three outs to finish it in regulation time.
BR didn’t make it easy on themselves to salt this one away, though. After Allen came in to catch a pop fly in foul territory for out 1, things got a little sketchy. A walk, a K, a dropped third strike, and a single to the hole had the bags full and the Eagle hopes flying. But they came back to earth after Buchholz fielded a ground ball at short and fired a strike to Cam at first for the 10-2 final.
Mixing it up some.
Karnuth had three RBI off two hits, one a double and three runs scored to lead the offense.
Cam drove in 2 on a pair of hits.
Allen had two hits driving in a run.
Sisson had two hits, one a double, also driving one in and he scored twice.
Mitchell had a hit, a run, and an RBI.
Childs had a hit and a run scored.
Trey scored a run after being walked.
Gaines did as well.
Danaher had a hit a run scored and an RBI.
BR is off on W then they hit the road for a pair of rematch games.
First is to Hinsdale on Thursday and then Whitesville on Friday night.
Both games a set to begin at 5. The weather is projected to be even warmer than today!