• The Wolverines continued their winning ways with a home victory over the Coudersport Falcons Monday night.  The game was nip and tuck until a big 5th inning propelled the boys to the 9-1 W.  The win meant BR hit for a “PA Cycle”, besting all four south of the border schools on their slate.  

    Landon Barkley pitched a brilliant game for BR on Monday.  At one point in the early going, one of the coaches was heard commenting that the hope was to get a lengthy outing from Landon.  Well, Mission Accomplished.  Barkley went the distance, striking out a dozen.  Several of those Ks were instrumental in working out of the pickle or two that the Falcons created.

    One of those pickles came right in the first inning.  Back-to-back leadoff walks had the Falcons knocking at the door.  A fielder’s choice, Barkley to Trey Buchholz covering second on the play for one out. First and third for the Falcons.  A stolen base put 2 in scoring position.   A popout foul corralled by catcher Aydin Sisson in front of the visitor’s dugout was two gone.  The final out was a three pitch backwards K.

    BR went in order in their half.

    Barkley struck out the side in the top of the second.

    BR got it going in their second.  Caden Allen gapped a triple to right-center.  He scored thanks to a wild pitch while Barkley was drawing a free pass.  Barkley stole second.  Then drew a pickoff attempt which went into center field, Barkley made it in for the 2-0 advantage.   BR couldn’t take advantage of two more base runners that would follow.  Kingston Loucks drew a walk and Maddox Davison was plunked, but to no avail.  But, and I doubt anyone thought this at the time, the winning run had already scored!

    Coudy cut their deficit in half in the third. With 2 already down in the frame by Ks 5 and 6, a triple and a “just missed diving catch” single plated their run.  Grounder, Braden Zilker to Allen was the final out.

    The next few innings provided some excitement and nerves, but no runs.  Both teams hitting futile patches.  

    For BR in the 3rd, a two-out walk to Sisson was all they could manage.

    A bunt was gobbled up in front of the plate by Barkley to Allen in plenty of time for one down.  Ks 7 and 8.

    BRs 4th again uneventful, two ground outs, well played by the visitors and a K.

    Top 5, K, another bunt to get on attempt, Barkley to Allen, again, and K number 10.

    The fateful BR 5th.  Zilker got aboard with one gone, being hit by a pitch.  Hit and run with Buchholz at the plate, ZIlker to third, Trey stopping at one, but just for a moment, as he then stole second. Reiss Gaines drew a walk to fill the bags. Sisson roped a triple to left clearing the bases ahead of himself.  Allen singled to right for the RBI.  Pitching change for the Falcons.  Allen stole second AND third during Barkley’s walk.  With first and third, Barkley broke for second, the pitcher balked, scoring Allen and letting Barkley get to second.  A wild pitch got Landon to third, but that was as far as he would go.  The damage had been done, though as BR was up 7-1.

    The Falcons got 2 on in their sixth, a fly to the outfield that Gaines went a long way to get, for one down. Strikeout 11.  A sharp single to left provided some spark for the Falcons. The rare Catcher’s Interference call put two on.  A controversial pick off of the runner at first, Sisson to Allen for the out. Many donning the purple and black were not liking that call.

    BR got a couple more in the sixth, maybe just a bit short of ending it early.  Charlie Militello was hit by a pitch. He stole second.  Waide Karnuth hit a sharp ball into center for a single, that scored Militello.  The ball was mishandled in the outfield allowing Karnuth to get to third.  Buchholz lifted a ball to left with plenty of distance to easily score Karnuth.  A two out single by Sisson was not cashed.   BR 9-1.

    You could kind of sense that any oomph the visitors had in the early 6th, had been removed completely by that two spot for the Wolverines.  Their time at the plate in the seventh was brief.  Grounder, Zilker to Allen. The 12th K.  A popper to center, Gaines making the diving grab to close it out.

     

    Buchholz had the combo platter (or the “George Thorogood”), one hit, one run, and one RBI.

    Gaines crossed the plate once and again came up big in center field.

    Sisson had the big bat, with the three RBI triple as one of his two hits.  He also scored once.  Allen also with a triple in his two hits.  One RBI and two runs for Caden.

    Barkley drew two walks and scored following one of them. 

    Militello and Zilker both would score after being dotted.

    Karnuth rounded things out with his hit, RBI, and the final run (another “Thorogood”).  

    A tough stretch of games will fill out the week.

    BR has but one home game left, that is tomorrow night versus Friendship-Scio and that will be Senior Night. 

    The team picked up a few new faces in 2024 to go with some of the tried and true who’ve been around for awhile.  

    As the saying goes, new friends are silver, old friends are gold.   

    The seniors on the roster, Caden Allen, Landon Arnold, Trey Buchholz, Reiss Gaines, Caleb Miller, Aydin Sisson, and Aiden Smith.   Pre- game ceremonies will be starting around 4:45, maybe a bit earlier with that many seniors to celebrate?   If you can spare a few minutes, come out to the school and catch the game.

    After Senior Night, BR goes over the Summit to take on a red hot Wellsville squad on Wednesday. They then complete the week on the road, Friday, to GV-B in Belfast, who will probably be seeking a bit of revenge from the early season comeback win by BR.