• Tuesday night was Senior Night when the Wolverines celebrated and thanked the following seniors (in uniform numerical order) Landon Danaher, Wyatt Karnuth, Cam MacDonell, Phil MacDonell, Matt Mitchell, Darien Champlin and Ethan Childs.  Tuesday night also was win number 17 for the season. BR once again short-changed the paying customers by 10 running the visitors, 14-4, in 5.  Tuesday’s opponent was the Port Allegany Gators who snuck over the border for the contest.  The Wolverines came from behind twice in the early going before knocking back a six pack in the third.  They then added four and three in their final two at bats for the 10 run spread.  

    Landon Danaher went the distance on the hill for Coach Allen.  He struck out 5 along the way.  The Gators are a solid team, as Coach told the boys on more than one occasion on Tuesday.  They were able to put some hits together to gets runs in.  Landon was able to lessen some potential damage in the early going.  He settled in nicely in innings 3 and 4 and had probably pitched his last by the time the fifth ended.  

    For the Wolverines, the 14 runs came from 14 hits all over the lineup, 4 walks and three errors by the visitors.  Surprisingly, no one was hit by a pitch in this one! 

    It looked as if BR would sail through the defensive half of the opening stanza.  First batter shot a ball down to Cam who made a nice stop at first. Second man went down on strikes. While a lead-off walk is usually harmful, probably the next, worst thing is a freebie with two away.   Fourth man of the inning hit a ball behind second that was kept in the infield by a diving Aydin Sisson, but he had no play to get an out, so 2 aboard.  A sharp single to right plated the visitor’s first run and had men at first and second.  Another walk loaded the bags.  Landon got out of the mess with a backwards K. 

    Landon started right off helping himself at the dish with a gap shot to left center for three bases. Trey Buchholz hit a sac fly for the tying run.   Cam drew a walk and Caden Allen singled to center and then took second when the throw went to third to try and get Cam.  Unfortunately, with two in scoring position, BR couldn’t get the hit to move them in.

    The Port A second was almost identical to the first, unfortunately.  A ground out and a K made for 2 quick outs.  But then a walk, a single to center, and another walk loaded things up.  A wild pitch scored the tie breaker for the Gators.  The final out was a grounder to Trey who made a sharp throw to Cam to get the runner at first.  

    BR went very quickly in their part of the second.  A foul pop out.  A fly to center and a swinging K.  A little bit of cheerleading from the other side of the diamond just might have been the kick in the keister the boys needed, though.

    The top of the third, Landon settled in with a K, a groundball Wyatt to Cam, and a fly to Caden in right who made a twisting, turning catch for out 3.

    Landon started the third with a sharp single to center.  He then stole second.  An errant pickoff attempt moved him to third.  Buchholz dropped one in between the third baseman and the shortstop, much to the chagrin of the PA coaching staff. Landon had to hold up.  Trey stole second.  Wyatt drove a fly to right field allowing Danaher to walk in and Trey to move up 90 feet.  Tie ball game.

    Cam continued the rally with a single to center.  Caden followed suit, hitting to left. Sisson drove a ball into left scoring Cam with Caden getting to third and Aydin moving into second on the throw.  Caden scored on a wild pitch, with Aydin getting to third.  Ethan Childs doubled to center easily plating Sisson.  Evan Pinney singled up the middle to score Childs.  BR 7-2.

    The top of the fourth was quick for Danaher.  A fly ball to Allen was one away.  A three pitch K.  A hard luck single as the ball barely stayed fair as it trickled down the third base line.  A fly to Reiss Gaines in center ended the frame.  

    Like a trip to the Golden Corral, BR wasn’t done with their plate time.  Buchholz and Cam walked to put 2 on. With two away, Gaines hit a grounder to short and the throw probably wasn’t going to get the speedy Gaines, anyway, but it went to the fence behind first for the error.  Trey scored, Cam to third and Gaines got to second.  Sisson plated the pair with a single to left. Sisson alertly getting to second on the throw. Childs followed with a run scoring single to right.   BR 11-2.

    Top of 5, a double to left gave the road squad some life.   A pop foul to Childs behind the plate for one down.  Another double, this time to center, scored the run and kept their rally going.  A single to left drove in the run and maybe had some thinking it was going to get interesting.  But Danaher settled down, another pop foul to Childs was out 2.  Ground ball to Trey with the throw across ended the fifth.  BR still with the big lead, 11-4.

    BR needed 3 to send the NY fans home happy (I know there are many BR fans from the Keystone State, as well).  It didn’t take long for that to happen.  Danaher led off with a walk and stole second.  Trey followed with a hit to the first baseman.  No one covered the bag and Trey beat the fielder to the bag, two aboard.  Trey promptly took off for second.  The pitcher stepped off the rubber, but made an inaccurate throw to get Trey while Danaher snuck in with a run, Trey was at second. Karnuth singled to left getting Trey in. Wyatt took second on the throw. Cam ended the game with a single to left center, it would have been extras in normal situation but, you know, rules.  Wyatt easily came in with the decisive tally.  BR 14-4.

    The usual run down of stats.  

    Danaher had two hits (one a triple) and a walk and scored after all of them.

    Buchholz had a pair of hits, driving in one and scoring three as well.

    Karnuth drove in a pair, with a hit and run scored along the way.

    Cam was deuces wild with two at bats, two runs, two hits, two RBI and two walks.

    Caden had two hits and a run scored.

    Reiss crossed the plate one time in limited at bats.

    Sisson had another good night with a pair of hits, two runs scored and three RBI.

    Childs drove in two with two hits and a run scored.

    Pinney had a hit and an RBI.

    As Coach Allen alluded to in the pre-game ceremonies, the seven seniors have made significant contributions to this year’s success, with hopefully much, much more on the horizon. Most of them also factored heavily in 2021’s title.  As with so much other rearviewmirror speculation, who knows how they could have fared in 2020.  Thank you once again Landon, Wyatt, Cam, Phil, Matt, Darien, and Ethan.  There will be a lot of work to do for the coaching staff to fill those shoes next year.

    BUT, there are still a couple more games to play THIS year, before we get to sectionals.  Starting with the makeup from Monday over in Belfast.  Game starts at 7 on Wednesday, provided the weather cooperates.