• What a difference a day or so makes. The Wolverines came home, thawed out, and played perhaps their finest all around game of the season on a gloriously sunny Earth Day Monday evening. BR bested the always tough, rival Fillmore Eagles, 11-0 in 5.  Where the weekend games exceeded the outer limits of high school baseball (7 total hours), this one was 180 degrees away.  The game ended in less than ninety minutes.  Chatter in the dugout observed that some of the at-bats on Saturday lasted almost as long.   

    The Wolverines were flawless in the field backing Trey Buchholz’s one hitter. Trey struck out five and surrendered just one hit, one walk, and one hit batter.  He threw just 49 pitches in the game.  Only one Eagle made it as far as second.

    Leading off the top of the first, the Eagle hit was a sun aided (hindered?) dumper that fell in amongst three BR fielders who should have been wearing their Eclipse glasses! That runner was then gunned out by Aydin Sisson attempting to steal second.   Trey fanned the next two, shutting down the visitors on 9 pitches!

    One of the all-time baseball adages is “good play in the field, good at bat” or something like that, so maybe it isn’t “all-time”.  Well, Trey roped a screamer through the left center gap.  He was held at second as the ball went under the fabric fence for the ground rule double.  Reiss Gaines moved him along to third.  Aydin Sisson drew a walk.  He and Trey then proved again to be baserunning Hoodoo Gurus as they worked out the double steal catching the Eagles a bit flummoxed. Caden Allen was hit on the foot to put two aboard. Landon Barkley singled up the middle to score Sisson.  Tavyn MacDonell walked to load the bases.   A wild pitch scored Allen and moved the others up 90 feet. Kingston Loucks delivered an RBI grounder to the right side.  BR 4-0.

    Reiss Gaines chased down two straight flies to center and Barkley to Allen made quick work of the top of the second. 

    BR had their only goose egg of the game in their 2nd.  A baserunning SNAFU tripped the boys up and wasted a walk.

    Strikeout three from Buchholz to start the third.  Consecutive grounders, well played by Braden Zilker to Allen for the put outs.  This made for a quick top of the third.

    The BR third saw the boys double their total, but also saw some controversy.  New Eagle pitcher opened the inning dotting Sisson.  He moved up on a wild pitch, then in the same sequence found himself in a hot box that didn’t end well.   Bases empty Caden Allen powered one to right center pulling into third base standing.  Barkley singled him home.  MacDonell was hit by a pitch, though some claimed he leaned into the pitch.  Some discussion, BR first and second. Loucks got aboard by way of an error as his contact handcuffed the Eagle fielder, all safe, bases full. Charlie Militello was hit to force in a run.  Buchholz singled up the middle, forcing in MacDonell and keeping the bags full.  Gaines drew an RBI walk, scoring Loucks with BR’s 4th run of the inning.   BR 8-0!

    Fillmore 4th.  Same kid with the hit, was hit to start things up.  Gaines was all over the outfield tracking down two more outs.  A walk gave them first and second, potential rally?  No, a comebacker to Buchholz ended the threat.

    In their 4th, BR got the runs to give them the appropriate victory cushion. A one out single by Barkley to right. MacDonell truly leaned into one this time up, hitting the left field fence in the air, maybe halfway up, for the double and scoring Barkley.  Loucks got aboard on a throwing error which allowed MacDonell to score, Loucks getting to second on the play.  Loucks moved up on a groundout.  Waide Karnuth drew a walk, Wolverines on the corners.  Buchholz singled to right to score Loucks.  BR 11-0.

    The Eagles last hope ended up with Trey’s final two Ks surrounding a grounder to Maddox Davison at third.  He made the dartlike throw to Allen for the putaway.

    All sorts of offensive numbers floating around on this one. 11 BR hits, 9 RBIs, 3 extra base knocks, 3 stolen bases, 5 walks drawn, 4½  batters hit by pitches.  The half, if you were there, ya know what I am talking about. For those scoring at home, on a full count pitch, one of the BR batters was hit but mysteriously deemed to be out for I think I heard stepping out of the batter’s box?! Huh?

    Anyway

    Buchholz three hits, one a double, 2 RBIs and 1 run scored.  Gaines an RBI and one heck of a game in center.  Sisson crossed the plate once. Allen had his triple and scored twice.  Barkley three hits, three runs and 2 RBIs.   MacDonell had the double , an RBI and two scored.  Loucks drove in two and scored twice.

     

    I hope not, but I suspect things might be a little different when these teams square off to end the regular season in May.

     

    Next up for BR a road  trip to Hinsdale on Wednesday for the 5 o’clock start.