• It was a day that, early on, it seemed as if no baseball would be played by the Wolverines.  Most of the day Friday, Coach Allen was looking for a place to happen.  Eventually, the teams worked out that the game be moved to Houghton College.  Not sure what was going on with the “Event Notification” deal on Facebook, it had the game switched into Buffalo?!   Apologies if anyone started up the 219 to get to the game!  

    When all was said and done, BR prevailed over the Genessee Valley- Belfast nine in five innings, 12-0.  I am certain the coaches and team are beyond happy they got the game in.  As it turned out, the conditions were just fine for a ball game.   As well, it was a great start to what hopefully will be a terrific weekend for the squad, their friends, and families.

    In almost a complete reversal of the way things went on Wednesday, the Wolverines shut down GVB with Caden Allen facing just 2 over the minimum in the course of his gem.  Also, the BR bats were working in a big way, 11 hits, five for extras.  Even some of the outs were hard hit balls directly at the defense.

    As mentioned, Caden threw a brilliant game.  He faced just 17 batters on 52 pitches.  He surrendered 2 hits, walked 1, struck out 3, picked off a runner, and was the front end of two 1-6-3 DPs AND a 1-6-3 single out.  He also had a pretty good day at the plate, as did many of the Wolverines.

    BR, being the road team in this one got out to a fast start and never looked back.  Reiss Gaines led off with a sharp single up the middle.  He stole second and was chased home when Trey Buchholz doubled down the left field line.  Allen got all the Wolverines arms waving when he tripled into the right center gap, easily scoring Buchholz. Landon Barkley hit a cue shot double down the right field line to bring Allen in. Tavyn MacDonell got aboard on a dropped third strike (ok?!) with the throw not in time to get Tavyn but also allowing Barkley to race in for the BR 4-0 edge.

    The home half of the first saw the first pitch swinging lead-off batter out at first, Allen grabbing the ball and flipping to Maddox Davison at first.  The next man got the first hit off Allen. A potential double play ball was not played cleanly, giving the home side life with two on base.  The first of the 1-6-3 DPs ended the chance.  Allen to Buchholz to Davison.

    BR duplicated the first inning in their second, sending nine to the plate. Though it certainly didn’t start that way!   With two already gone in the inning, Buchholz tripled into center field. Aydin Sisson singled to center, scoring Buchholz.  He stole second during Allen’s at bat.  After a 3-0 count was delivered to Allen, the other side awarded him the intentional free pass.  Barkley had a heck of an at bat, fouling off several before singling on the ninth pitch, scoring Sisson and putting Allen at third.   With two outs and a full count, both runners certainly got their cardio in, running on four of the pitches.  Barkley moved into scoring position by swiping second.  MacDonell singled to right, scoring Allen.   Barkley on the move, drew the throw home, which allowed MacDonell to pull into second. Davison was plunked.  A double steal had both in scoring position, but a well-played ball just got the final out of the inning. BR 8-0.

    The first batter in the second for the GVB team, grounded a ball that glanced off Allen’s mitt.  Buchholz came up behind him and cleaned up the ball, throwing to Davison in time for the put away, 1-6-3 for the single out.   A popper to Buchholz at short and Allen’s first K was it for the inning.

    BR couldn’t get anything going in the third, despite a couple of well hit balls and Gaines being hit by a pitch.

    The home third, and it looked as if they would break the shut out. The lead off 5-3 put out, Braden Zilker to Davison started it.  A well hit ball, into the outfield, was uncharacteristically misplayed into three bags for the other side.   Allen’s second K kept the man at three.  The final out was a beauty, running over the shoulder grab in center by Gaines, eliminating what would be their best chance to score for the evening.

    BR got another in the 4th, again after 2 away.  MacDonell singled to center.  He then stole second.  Moved up on a wild pitch and came across the plate on a passed ball.   BR 9-0.

    Barkley to Davison was one away in the home 4th.  The lone walk of the game by Allen followed.   GV-B put in a pinch runner.  Allen absolutely froze him with a pick off, for two down.  Allen finished the inning off with his third K.

    BR got to the magic number with 3 more in the fifth.  And again, it all started with 2 gone.  Gaines singled to left, then stole second. Buchholz was given an intentional walk, I have to figure the idea was to create a force play, but it didn’t work this time, either.  Sisson ripped a ball into right field for a clean double, easily scoring Gaines and Buchholz.  The ball was kicked around in the outfield, permitting Sisson the time and space to circle the bases for run number 3 in the inning and 12 for the game.

    With the “winning number” surpassed, the desperation hopes of the home side in the fifth started with an infield single.  That same double play combo struck again, 1-6-3.  From my vantage point, and I don’t count, it looked like Allen had made the shoe top grab of the liner off the bat.  But not leaving anything to chance, he turned and fired to Buchholz who stepped on second and relayed to Davison, so there would be no argument.  The final out came as Buchholz made a diving snare of a popper at short.

     

     

    Off to the batting stats:  Gaines had two hits which led to him scoring twice.  Buchholz also with two hits, a double and triple, with an RBI and three times scoring.  Sisson also with 2 hits, one a double, two runs but the team leading 3 RBIs.  Allen had a triple, an RBI and two runs scored.  Barkley was playing Deuces are Wild (a Vin Scully favorite phrase), Hits (one was a double), RBIs, and Runs. MacDonell had two hits, two RBIs, and a run scored.

    The team amassed 10 stolen bases, which certainly aided the cause.  MacDonell and Gaines took three each.  Sisson, Davison, Barkley, and Landon Arnold each stole one.

    So, the boys can head to Saturday’s prom with a big, satisfying win under their belts, cummerbunds(?) are those still a thing?  

    Two more games on the slate for the regular season. 

    Monday the Wolverines go to Hinsdale at five.

     Late breaking story on the CBC, Tuesday’s game versus Fillmore will also be played at Houghton College in Houghton NY, not Symphony Circle in Buffalo as the Facebook event thing was pointing to on Friday.  That one is to start at 7, so the boys will need to get their homework done right after school, oh yeah, just like the usual.

     I just heard about this particular change of plans on Friday.  Apparently, I am not in the loop (just loopy). 

    Thank you to Houghton College for allowing the game Friday to be played in their fine facilities. 

    Thank you and Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers, step-mothers, mothers-in-law, fill in mothers, aunts, etc. It should be more than just one day that we remember to honor you.  If you are still able to, spend a few moments, or more, with your very special person.  

     

    Have a great weekend.