• Humbling.

    I guess if we need to describe BR’s trip to Wellsville, Wednesday evening, that should be the most succinct.  BR was given a taste of the same medicine they have distributed often over the past few years, falling to the Lions 13-3 in five innings. Remarkably, it was a come-from-behind victory for the Lions.   

    BR now gets a night off before they travel to Belfast for the rematch against the GV- B squad.

    Three BR pitchers had no answers for the Lions’ bats.  Wellsville had six extra base hits, a ridiculous FIVE of them were triples!  They also had a few fortuitous hard luck bounces go their way. In the words of 1960s legendary rockers, the Yardbirds, their hits were Over, Under, Sideways, Down or more recently, from Canada’s Rush, Beneath, Between, Behind.  They found all the spaces in the BR defense on just about every crack of the bat.  

    Okay on to the game.

    BR started things off with 2 in the top of the first.  Trey Buchholz led off with a sharp single up the middle. He stole second and made it to third as the throw down eluded the fielders covering. Aydin Sisson hit a ball that bad bounced off one of the Lions infielders allowing Buchholz to score.  Sisson moved up on a ground out, nice play by the Lions first basemen who made a heckuva stab to get the bouncer, tag the base and fire to second, but not in time to get Sisson.  Landon Barkley singled through the right-side allowing Sisson to come in. BR 2-0.

    OKAY, let’s call it good from here…

    But it wasn’t.  It REAAAALLLLY wasn’t.

    Wellsville immediately answered back with 5 in the bottom half.   A triple and three singles, one a headhunter by the ear of one of the BR fielders, tied the score.  A fielder’s choice finally produced an out, Maddox Davison to Braden Zilker at second for the force.  Triple number 2 followed to score another pair.  A double in the gap in right center made it 5-2.  A K and a caught stealing Sisson to Barkley mercifully ended the inning.

    BR went painfully quickly in the 2nd, going down in order.

    A glimmer of hope as the Wolverines defensively answered the Lions, 2 Ks and a fly ball to Reiss Gaines in center, making a long run for the ball.

    Gaines ripped a one out liner to center for a double, but for 2 pinpoint perfect relays, Reiss would have had a three bagger, but he was out 2.  And another quick at bat for BR.

    Things were briefly looking promising for BR in the home third.   Grounder barehanded by Zilker to Allen for the first out.  But there’s three outs worth in each half of an inning. Three straight singles added a run.   A first and second situation called for a bunt by the Lions. Well, played by both sides, BR got an out, but Wellsville got 2 in scoring position.  The rest of the carnage went single, single, single, triple, triple to run the score to 12.  A strikeout ended this one. 

    BR scratched one across in their 4th.  Barkley singled.  Tavyn MacDonell was hit by a pitch, surprisingly.  A double by Kingston Loucks scored the run.   12-3.

    Wellsville was held scoreless in their 4th, despite having the first 2 aboard. A fly to Gaines, a K and a nice spear of a hard hit ball by Loucks on the mound, flip to Allen. 

    Can BR reduce the deficit?   Unfortunately, much like politicians, that wasn’t happening. Another quick three up three down.

    A lead off triple.  Two “strategic” walks to put a force at all bases.  A K.  Maybe?! Infield drawn in. Didn’t matter, shot ripped to the outfield, lucky (for Wellsville) 13.

     

    BR’s stats a little shorter than usual.  Buchholz a hit and run. Gaines’s double.  Sisson RBI and run.  Barkley 2 hits, an RBI, and a run. Loucks his run producing RBI.   BR just the 5 hits in this one.

    As mentioned above, BR faces Genessee Valley/Belfast on Friday in Belfast. If you recall BR had the come from behind win, in the sloppy weather, back in early April. GV-B will be looking for revenge, so BR better flush this one quick, learn from it, and be ready for it.  GVB is having a fine season of their own in 2024.   Game is slated for 5.