• Another perfect night for baseball and BR took advantage, topping the Andover -Whitesville team, 16- 1, in 5 innings.   BR collected 11 hits, drew 7 walks, earned a startling six pack of hit by pitches.  They were also helped by 3 A/W errors. All nine starters collected hits in the game versus a trio of pitchers. 
    On the other side of the ledger, two Wolverine pitchers held the visitors to 4 hits, with just one walk, facing 4 batters over the minimum.  Reiss Gaines started and went three, fanning five.  Braden Zilker pitched the final two frames striking out 4. 

    Things started a little shaky in the top of the first.  The first two batters reached base, leading off with a walk.  A single up the middle moved the lead runner to third.  Some pitch issues allowed the second man to get to second. Two of Gaines’s Ks followed and the third man was thrown out by Gaines, attempting to steal home.  Aydin Sisson applying the tag.

    Trey Buchholz led off the BR first with a walk.  He stole his way to third while Gaines was working his own walk.  An error allowed Trey to score.  Gaines stole second following his walk.  Sisson ripped a triple to the left center gap to plate Gaines.  Sisson would come into score on a groundout to the right side by Caden Allen.  BR 3-0.

    AW started their second with a single up the middle. Two Ks and it appeared BR might avoid any damage.  BR’s lone error allowed the runner to score and the batter to get to second.  The third punch out of the inning stopped the bleeding.  BR 3-1.

    Kingston Loucks reached base on an error, stopping at second.  Maddox Davison singled up the middle. Zilker doubled to left, scoring Loucks and moving Davison to third.  Buchholz hit a sac fly to right, Zilker getting to third on the play. Gaines drove in Zilker on a hard grounder towards second. He stole second to get into scoring position. Sisson singled to center moving Gaines to third.  On the play, Sisson attempted to get to second, but got caught up in a pickle.  While the visitors were dealing with Sisson between first and second, Gaines came in for the score.  Bases empty, two away, let’s start it up again.  Allen drew a walk. Just before Landon Barkley singled to center, Allen stole second. On Barkley’s hit Allen scored.  Barkley was able to get around to third as the defense had some issues. Tavyn MacDonell was hit by a pitch.  He stole second putting two back into scoring position. Loucks dumped a single in front of the shortstop and beat it out, allowing Barkley to come in for another run.   BR 9-1.

    AW went quickly in the third.  A roller to Allen, unassisted. A single to right just fell in.  That runner was erased attempting to steal second.  Sisson made a tremendous throw to second with Buchholz making the nifty tag.  Another unassisted bouncer to Allen, back to work at the plate.

    BR added more in the 3rd.  Zilker was plunked. Buchholz dropped one in front of the center fielder, Zilker to third.  The base running whatchamacallit put another run in.  Buchholz got hung up between first and second, Zilker snuck in for the run. Gaines walked. A balk moved him up one.  A ground out got Gaines to third.  Allen singled into kind of a no man’s land to the right side, Gaines scored. Barkley walked. MacDonell was plunked again, to load the bags.   Loucks singled up the middle to drive in Allen and Barkley, MacDonell to third.  Davison drew a walk, but BR couldn’t bring any more in, but the lead had mushroomed to 13-1.

    Zilker took over on the mound, making his varsity pitching debut.  Not a bad way to start.  A three strikeout sandwich wrapped around a single. 

    BR added 3 more in the bottom of the 4th.  Charlie Militello was dotted.  Waide Karnuth walked. An out later, Caleb Miller dropped one in to score Charlie and move Karnuth to third.   Landon Arnold got hit to fill the bases. MacDonell earned an RBI after he was hit again (3 times in a game!!!  Surprisingly, that has happened 24 times in the MLB.  Some of the names you might recognize, a few probably not.)

     Loucks hit a fielder’s choice, and the visitors tried to get Miller at the plate. They were unsuccessful in their endeavors.  BR 16-1. 

    To the top of the fifth and the Wolverines needed three outs to make the quick escape, or some other Pearl Jam song.   Zilker worked his 4th K.  A comebacker to Zilker, with the toss to Davison, now at first, two down.  A fly to right, Aiden Smith settled under it for the final put away.

    The usual run through of stats:

    Buchholz’s stat line was like a picket fence, 1s all the way across.  At bats, runs, hits, RBis, and walks. Gaines had a hit, an RBI, and scored three times.  Sisson two hits, two ribbies, and a run scored. Allen a hit, two RBIs, and two scored. Barkley a hit, RBI, and two runs scored.  MacDonell had the one hard earned RBI.  Loucks two hits, four RBIs and one scored.  Davison had a hit and a run scored. Zilker a hit, an RBI, and two scored. Miller, pretty much like Buchholz, with 1s across (though no walks).  Karnuth came in to score after working a walk. Militello crossed the plate one time.

     

    BR gets little time to enjoy this one, hitting the long and winding road to Friendship on Wednesday for a 5 o’clock tee time.   The weather forecasts have been all over the board for then, so we’ll wait and see.

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    Stolen from the internet, so 100% maybe true or not!!  The MLB players who have been hit by pitches three times in one game.

     

    I think these are chronologically listed with the first in 1923 and last having accomplished the feat in 2017

     

    WALLY SCHANG, MEL OTT, SHERM LOLLAR, BILL FREEHAN, RON HUNT, TITO FUENTES, CRAIG KUSICK, GLENN DAVIS, RICHARD HIDALGO, DAMION EASLEY, MELVIN MORA, COREY KOSKIE, JONNY GOMES, CHASE UTLEY, MANNY RAMIREZ, REED JOHNSON (he did it 3 times!), NOMAR GARCIAPARRA, AUSTIN KEARNS, MATT CARPENTER, BRANDON GUYER, JARROD DYSON

    If you can honestly say that you have heard of all these guys, then you should seek help!