• The beginning of every season, as with the start of any new endeavor in life, is always fraught with uncertainties and internal uneasiness.  While the start of the 2024 Varsity Wolverine schedule eased some of those feelings, it also brought on perhaps a few more.  But that might just be the Eeyore in me.  Still a long season ahead with several new faces and many old familiar faces, so let’s sit back and see how things roll along.

     

    On Wednesday, the Wolverines opened the slate with a one-sided takedown of the visiting Hinsdale Bobcats.  Three BR pitchers combined to hold the Bobcats hitless in the 5-inning 22-0 affair.  Of the Bobcats’ 15 outs, a dozen were Ks. 

    On the other side of the ledger, BR had 14 hits, 10 walks, three HBPs, and were aided by 4 errors.  They also committed enough thievery on the base paths (12 stolen bases) to make many a politician proud. (Just a joke!)

    Landon Barkley started on the mound going two innings with all 6 outs being Ks.  He did hit a batter in the first and that runner provided the visitors with their first best chance to put a number on the board, working his way around to third before the end of the inning.

    Reiss Gaines worked 2 1/3 innings, fanning 5 along the way.  With a fourth inning leadoff walk looking to break the seal for the Bobcats, Reiss caught the runner at first napping and picked him off to end the threat.

    Caden Allen came on with one down and one on in the fifth. He fanned one and induced the game ending 6-3 groundout, Trey Buchholz to Gaines.

    BR bookended their offense with a big 1st inning and a nearly as large 4th inning.

    They scored 11 in the 1st and 9 in the 4th.  Each of the big frames saw 15 batters step to the plate.  

    Rather than recap the inning by inning and play by play (sorry folks) I’ll summarize the statistical exploits of each Wolverine.

    Buchholz drew three walks leading to 3 BR runs.

    Gaines was 3 for 3, with 2 walks.   He drove in a pair and scored 4 times.

    Aydin Sisson collected three hits good for 3 RBIs and crossed the plate twice.

    Landon Arnold came on as a pinch runner, then later filled in the field (apparently a new New York rule, which has player safety in mind!).  He scored twice and drew a bases loaded walk for an RBI.

    Allen had 2 hits, one a double, scored three and drove in 2.

    Barkley had a hit, scored a run and drove in a pair, one on a Sac Fly.

    Tavyn MacDonell had 2 hits, one a double, an equal number of RBIs and scored three.

    Caleb Miller reached on an error which led to a run and then he later came around to score.

    Kingston Loucks had three hits, three RBIs, and scored once.

    Braden Zilker was plunked and later came around to score.

    Aiden Smith reached on an error and then was chased home as Buchholz’s shot to center was miscued into the score.

     

    The Boys travel to the Ripken Experience (Myrtle Beach) next week, where they will have one game versus Livonia Wednesday the 3rd. 9 pm is the start time on that one.

    The club is also lined up to have a few “scrimmages” while they are down there.

    The next home start will be on April 11th.