• In the first round of the BR Tournament, the Wolverines prevailed over the Otto-Eldred Terrors, 11-1, in the 6th.  The tournament is not the usual as the fourth team that was originally set to show, had to back out, leaving the rather odd double, double headers.  The Terrors were on their second game of the night, besting Cuba-Rushford 6-1 in the opener.  BR will square off for two versus Cuba Rushford on Monday night, with the first game part of the Tournament.

    Some of you that are of a certain vintage may recognize this:

    Three, is a magic number
    Oh yes it is, it's a magic number
    Somewhere in that ancient mystic trinity
    You'll get three
    As a magic number

    The Wolverines had a magic number, scoring 3 runs in three different innings, including the last, to boost their cause.  Were it not for a couple of base running snafus, BR might have been able to close up shop on this one sooner.

    Caden Allen took the ball for this one going five, fanning six, and being dinged for the OE run.  Kingston Loucks made his varsity pitching debut and pitched the 6th with 2 Ks.

    Allen got through the first on 11 pitches.  A comebacker started things, Allen with the toss to Maddox Davison on first.  Landon Barkley to Davison for out 2 and Allen’s first K brought the boys to the plate.

    BR got their first three in their first at bat and never looked back.  Trey Buchholz beat out an infield single.  He stole second. Reiss Gaines hit a shot up the middle.  A bad throw in let Buchholz score and Gaines get to second. Aydin Sisson singled to left to plate Gaines.  Sisson made it to second on the throw to the plate.  Sisson to third on a groundout.  Barkley got the RBI with an unassisted groundout to the first baseman.  Tavyn MacDonell was plunked and Loucks singled to put Wolverines at the corners, but a sharp defensive play ended any further BR scoring, BR 3-0.

    The dreaded lead off free base, reared its ugly head again.  The lead batter for the Terrors was hit on the arm.  An almost textbook double play ball only resulted in one away, man at second. A grounder, unassisted, by Davison put the runner at third with two down. The next man ripped a gap shot to left center to easily score the runner.  The batter held to a double.  Allen fanned his second batter of the night to stop the bleeding.

    BR’s second 3-run frame, started with Braden Zilker hitting a sharp single to center. Gaines singled to left, Zilker in to third on the play.  Gaines stole second. Sisson lifted a fly to right.  The fielder made a heck of a grab, laying out and catching the ball in foul territory.  Zilker tagged up on the play to score, giving Sisson the Sac Fly and RBI.  Gaines was able to come in on the play as well as the throw went to the wrong base. In retrospect, from their vantage point, maybe they should have let the ball drop? Allen followed with a single to center.  He stole second. Barkley brought him around with a single to left field.  BR 6-1.

    Two Ks started the top of the third.  A hit batter gave the Terrors some life.  Allen induced a comebacker ending the inning with the toss to Davison.

    BR broke the string of threes, getting none in their third, though there was potential for another crooked number perhaps.  Loucks singled to left.  He was caught stealing on a fine play by the defense. Davison got aboard with a drive at the first baseman which was mishandled.  Zilker singled to left. Davison stopping at 2nd.  A fielder’s choice by Buchholz took Zilker off the paths but put Wolverines on the corners. A baserunning faux pas/ mishap ended the threat.

    Fly ball to Loucks in right, grounder Allen to Davison, and a pop foul to Zilker at third, made quick work of the visitors in the 4th.

    BR added one in their half.  A one-out single to the hole by Sisson started things.  He stole second. Sisson tagging and advancing on Allen’s fly to center to get himself to third. A walk to Barkley again had the corners occupied.  Barkley, perhaps intentionally, got himself hung up in a pickle between first and second, thus allowing Sisson plenty of time to cross the plate before the tag was made.  BR 7-1.

    After the first two batters struck out, things turned tense for a while in the fifth.  A single off Allen’s foot started the rally.  Another single, this one to left, with MacDonell getting it quickly back to the infield to hold things in place.  A walk juiced the bags. A grounder to Zilker, who had moved over to second, with the flip to Buchholz who had taken over first. Crisis averted.

    Another single run in the BR fifth, and again, seemed it could have been more.  MacDonell singled to left.  An errant pickoff attempt allowed Tavyn to get around to third on the play. Waide Karnuth got aboard when an infielder dropped a soft liner, MacDonell was unable to score on the play.  Karnuth stole second.  A wild pitch let MacDonell score and Karnuth to third. But for a fantastic throw from center on Zilker’s fly ball, Karnuth would have scored on the next play. But the double play ended the rally, BR 8-1.

    Loucks took over on the mound and many other position maneuvers gave BR a new look in the field.  The leadoff batter dropped a single into left.  A walk put two on board. Loucks’s first K, then a fielder’s choice, Barkley to Buchholz (4-6) on the putout, for two away.   A walk loaded things up again. Loucks bore down and got the next man swinging.

    Buchholz led off, getting aboard when his rip down the line handcuffed the first baseman.  He stole second during Gaines AB.  Gaines singled to right, scoring Buchholz. Sisson drew a walk. Aidan Smith was hit by a pitch to load the bags.  Miller walked in a run. Loucks delivered the game ender singling to left past the drawn in infield.  BR 11-1.

    Fifteen hits for BR, all singles.  Another night of crime on the bases with 10 stolen bags. Only three walks and the boys accumulated 8 RBIs.

    Individual numbers: Buchholz two hits and two runs. Gaines, bested that by one in each category AND he had an RBI.  Sisson had a great night at the dish, two hits, three runs scored and three RBIs. Allen had a hit and a run. Barkley had a hit and 2 ribbies. MacDonell had a hit and a run scored. Miller drew the RBI walk in the decisive inning. Loucks had three hits for one RBI. Zilker had two hits and a run scored.

    As mentioned above, BR has two versus Cuba-Rushford on Monday.  5 and 7 are the scheduled times.  This was moved from Tuesday as the weather guessers are calling for stuff on Tuesday. I dunno maybe the cicadas will be hatching?

    Then they’ll get a few nights off before a roadie to Andover and a 6 pm start Thursday.