• The Wolverines began a stretch of six games in nine calendar days on a beautiful Thursday in Andover.  BR toppled the host squad 14-1 in 5 innings.  Reiss Gaines and Charlie Militello worked the mound for Coach Allen.  Gaines went three+, striking out a half dozen.  Militello pitched the final two, striking out four and working out of a couple of jams.  The game “seemed” closer than the score would seem to indicate.   Perhaps that was just me.

    On the plate side of things, BR sent 13 hits the other way, including five for extra bases. There was only one error on the home squad but the Wolverines were  recipients of nine free bases, four walks and five dots.

    The game started off very nicely.  Lead-off hitter Trey Buchholz put one out over the center field fence for the early advantage.  It seemed maybe then this would be a super duper easy win, but the scrappy home side kept things close for the next little while.  BR going down in order after Trey’s blast.

    Gaines got the home side down on seven pitches in the bottom of the inning.  A liner to Caden Allen at first, a popper to Landon Barkley at second and a K.

    BR loaded the bags in their next chance but hung a donut on the scoreboard. Landon Barkley led off with a single to right.  He would later steal second and make it to third.  A walk to Maddox Davison and Braden Zilker taking one off the helmet filled the sacks.  But….

    In the home second, 3 Ks surrounded a “just missed” diving catch by Kingston Loucks in right center for a single, keeping it 1-0.

    BR found a bit of a rhythm in their next at bat. Gaines helped his own cause hitting a ground rule double into center. A single by Aydin Sisson brought him in. Sisson swiped second and came home on Caden Allen’s single to right. Barkley five holed a defender to reach on the lone error of the contest, Allen to second. Tavyn MacDonell singled to center, the uncertainty of it, kept the runners close, so bases full. Loucks singled over the shortstop’s head to score Allen.  Zilker got plunked for the second time, for the RBI. Buchholz sac flied  to center to drive in MacDonell, the other two runners couldn’t advance.  Gaines walked to reload the bags. Sisson singled scoring Loucks, but the defense made a play to lessen their damage, BR up by a touchdown.

    The hosts scratched out their run in the bottom of the third.  A K started things, then two singles wrapped around a stolen base accounted for the score. Grounder Gaines to Allen and another K were the rest of the outs. BR 7-1, touchdown versus a “rouge”, eh?  Google it.  

     

    BR got a pair in the fourth. Barkley drawing a one out walk to start.  MacDonell doubled to the fence in center for the RBI.  MacDonell stole third.  Loucks singled in the run.   BR 9-1.  

    Gaines’s night ended following back-to-back free passes.  Militello got the first man out he faced, Barkley to Allen. A walk loaded the bases for the AW crew.  Charlie fanned the ensuing two batters to snuff out the rally.

    BR got to the “go home early” level in the top of the fifth. Militello ripped a single to, yep center.  Allen doubled, you know where, scoring Militello. Barkley was plunked. MacDonell likewise, for Wolverines everywhere. Loucks hit a sac fly to right, scoring  Allen, moving Barkley to third. Caleb Miller drew a pinch hit walk, bases full again. Barkley scored on a wild pitch, the others moving up 90.  Waide Karnuth singled to left scoring both Miller and MacDonell. BR 14-1.

    The home side would not go so quietly in the bottom of the fifth. A leadoff double to center kept their hopes alive. A single to left gave them more hope.  A K lessened the thrills.  A close call walk loaded the bags. Sisson fired a strike to Buchholz to get the runner at second, despite that runner’s best “Josh Allen like leap” (quote from the BR dugout), which in high school baseball, isn’t a legal play, the leap that is. The final out was swinging.

    Buchholz had his bomb and sac fly for two RBIs. Gaines a hit (a double) and a run. Militello a double and run scored.  Sisson two hits, two BRIs and a run.  Allen 2 hits, one a double, good for two Rbis and two runs.  Barkley one hit, three runs. MacDonell two hits (one a double) an RBI and three plate crosses.  Loucks, two hits, three RBIs and a run. Miller a run scored.  Karnuth two RBIs on his hit.

     

    BR continues their packed schedule on Friday night at home.  This one, I am pretty sure is a first timer.  Cameron County is crossing the border for a five o’clock start in the BR backyard.   I do not recall, in my tenure, the Wolverines squaring off against the Raiders (pretty sure that is the mascot/ nickname) .

    Supposed to be a fabulous night for, well just about anything, why not make it baseball.