• Step 1, survive. Step 2, advance.
    The Wolverines took those two steps toward playoff success on a balmy and sunny Saturday afternoon in the school’s back yard. They topped the visiting Keshequa Wildcats (soon to be, as they go through the state mandated name change) 14-1. Despite the slant of the score, it was a battle at times for BR, as the Wildcats have proven to be a tough out over the course of the year.
    Next up, we don’t know, but it will be the winner of the 8-9 game, Clyde-Savannah or Cuba- Rushford. We’re pulling for the Rebels, as that would mean a home game on Tuesday! A win by Clyde would necessitate a neutral site due to the school night, 75-mile rule. Perhaps by the time this is wrapping up Coach Allen will have more intel.
    Caden Allen took the ball from his father and went the distance, striking out 7 and giving up 5 hits along the way. A little hiccup to start things, but then BR put up a snowman in their first at bat and Caden did well pitching with the lead.
    At the plate, BR got their 14 on just 8 hits, 4 walks and they got a boost from 5 Wildcat errors.

    Keshequa got their first batter on with a walk. He was subsequently caught stealing, Aydin Sisson to Landon Barkley on the play. The next pitch, a comebacker to Allen with the toss to Maddox Davison at first for 2 away. A double to the outfield and a walk, had the Wildcats knocking on the door. A four pitch K ended the threat and the frame.
    BR got it going in their half. Walks by Reiss Gaines and Trey Buchholz started the engine. Sisson singled into the no man’s land in the infield to load the bags. Allen grounded out to first for one run, Reiss scoring. Barkley followed likewise, scoring Trey. Sisson on third.
    Tavyn MacDonell was hit by a pitch. I KNOW, what a shock!
    He stole second. Kingston Loucks drew a walk to reload the bases. Charlie Militello was hit to drive in Sisson. Braden ZIlker reached on an infield error. Tavyn crossing the plate, Loucks to third and Militello to second. Gaines drew the bases loaded walk. Buchholz singled to right scoring Militello and Zilker, Gaines to third. Buchholz got himself caught in a hot box long enough to get Gaines in. BR 8-0.

    Keshequa got their score in the second. A rip down the first base line that just eluded the BR fielder was good for three bases. A strikeout was next. The Wolverines nearly got out of this one unscathed. A ball off the plate was snapped up by Sisson, fire to Davison at first for an out, the relay back home was just a tad late, allowing the runner in. Zilker made a really nice diving stop at third, firing across the diamond to close out the inning. BR 8-1.
    BR went down on three well played ground balls in the second.
    Keshequa had another rally in their third. A sun ball fell into shallow left, the next man singled to the hole at short. Two on. A fielder’s choice, Buchholz to Barkley was one out. Wildcats on the corners. Allen picked off the runner at first, Davison making the nice tag. A K left the runner at third.
    BR picked one up in their third. MacDonell singled to center. He stole second. Militello was hit for the second time. The two pulled off a double steal. Zilker cracked a ball into left, deep enough for MacDonell to tag and score. BR 9-1.
    Three ground outs in the Keshequa fourth. Buchholz to Davison, Allen to Davison, Barkley to Davison.
    BR got a pair in their 4th. Buchholz reached on another sun ball, dropped by the Wildcat infielder. He then was attempting to steal second, but the pitch was wild to the backstop, so Trey continued on to third. The throw from the catcher to third base trickled into left allowing Buchholz to come in on the play. Sisson followed with a shot to the gap in left center, it was almost a spectacular catch by the Wildcat fielder, as it was, the ball rolled to the fabric fence. With Sisson churning around the bases, the throw in was to no one in particular, so Coach Allen, may have had thoughts to hold Aydin at third but he had no choice but to send him, in plenty of time for the circuit around the bases. BR 11-1.
    In regular season play, there would have been calls for “three outs and a handshake” but for some reason the 10-run rule is no longer in effect in the post season. As I said last year, probably the year before, it seems like this is an even more important time to save some arms. Not surprisingly people from the Section have never called me asking for my opinion.
    The visitor’s fifth, a swinging K. Barkley to Davison, and Allen to Davison for three quick outs.
    Loucks led off the BR 5th with an infield single. He stole second and was sacrificed over to third by Zilker, but he stayed at three.
    A lead-off walk did not come back to bite the Wolverines. He would be erased on the bases, a fielder’s choice Zilker to Barkley. A fly ball to Gaines in center and another K finished the inning.
    Pinch Hitter, Waide Karnuth got aboard when his grounder to third caused a bad throw, Karnuth to second on the play. Landon Arnold by getting spotted, two aboard. Aiden Smith popped one up into shallow left, a fine play by the defense turned a double play. Barkley singled to center, Arnold reaching third on the play. MacDonell drove a double to left, the ball two hopping into the metal fence, Arnold and Barkley scored. Caleb Miller singled up the middle to score MacDonell with the 14th.
    The three outs before the handshake were all Ks.
    For BR at the plate on the afternoon:
    Gaines scored 2 with an RBI.
    Buchholz also hit the plate twice, with a hit and 2 RBIs.
    Sisson two hits, one the run scoring triple, and two runs scored.
    Arnled scored one.
    Allen helped his own cause with an RBI.
    Barkley had a hit, run, and RBI.
    MacDonell had the double in his two hits, two driven in, and three scored.
    Loucks a hit and a run.
    Miller a hit and RBI.
    Militello scored one.
    Zilker had the RBI sac fly and a run scored.

    Just got the word, Cuba Rushford defeated Clyde, 5-1, so BR will be hosting on Tuesday.
    My guess would be at 5 o’clock, but that is pure speculation. The section may require different timing. CR has turned their season around some since they last visited Bolivar. So, as they say, throw out the records for this one, it should be a good’un. And it is still FREE!!!
    The meteorological prognosticators seem to be calling for high in the 80s on Tuesday.