• In the words of one Tiny Bradshaw, (more famously the Yardbirds or even more so, Aerosmith)

    “The Train kep- a- rollin’ “

    The Wolverines continued rolling on their late springtime journey with an 8-1 victory of Section VI Champs, the Wilson Lakemen.  Next up, BR will be in the Final Four of the state tournament, against either the Pierson Whalers (Section XI Long Island) or the Burke Catholic Eagles(Section IX Goshen NY, which is in the hang-y down part of the state to the east).   Those two will square off on Saturday June 1 for that part of the bracket.  

    BR’s semi-final game is scheduled to be played Friday the 7th at 1 pm at Binghamton University.  The other semi is slated to go in the same venue that morning.  We will fill in the blanks of all of that when we get more info.  Coach Allen will certainly be facing a busy week.

    Back to the Far West Regional on Friday.  The game was played at the really nice field at Salamanca High School.  Despite the score, you could really say it was a pitcher’s duel as Trey Buchholz and Wilson’s top gun both had some impressive numbers. Trey fanned 7 with 1 walk and four hits surrendered.  The Wilson kid had 8 Ks, gave up three hits, and no walks.  The difference of the game came down to BR’s speed and Wilson had, I imagine, an uncharacteristic number of errors.  BR stole 7 bases, Wilson 0 and BR had 0 errors while the Lakemen committed 6, at least.   BR scratched out a run in the first and second innings.  Then, connected on consecutive 3 run frames before hitting cruise control for the win.

    For the seventeen people from town who weren’t at the game or watching on the livestream here we go….:

    BR got one in the first, in once in a blue moon fashion.  Reiss Gaines was awarded first on a catcher’s interference.  He stole second, then third.  A grounder by Aydin Sisson, resulted in Gaines scoring while Aydin reached on an error.  Sisson would steal second then he took third on a wild pitch. This is where BR’s speed might have worked against them, as Aydin tried to take too much on the wild pitch and was rubbed out on the bases.   BR1-0.

    Wilson got their run in the first.  The dreaded lead off walk came around and bit BR on the keister. The walk, a well-played, both for the offense and a fine play by Trey to get the out at first to Caden Allen bunt, a liner just over the outstretched arm of a Wolverine fielder put a man in scoring position.  Grounder, Maddox Davison to Allen, was out #2 but run # only for the Lakemen.  Trey’s first K, looking, finished them off.  Tie Game.

    BR’s second started with Landon Barkley reaching on an error.  He stole second. A swinging bunt by Kingston Loucks was mishandled by Wilson into run number 2.  The Lakemen tried to get Barkley at third, and instead threw the ball out to left field, Landon easily scoring.  BR had first and second after Davison was hit by a pitch.  But they didn’t come in.

    The home second was brief.  Buchholz flew off the mound to collect a little bouncer to the left side of the infield, he then threw a bullet to Allen at first in time to get the batter, one away.  Ground ball, Braden Zilker to Allen two gone. A single up the middle, put some life on the other side of the field.  A swinging K was out 3.

    BR started to bust it open in the third.  A one out double by Sisson got the train rollin’.  Allen popped one up on the infield, but the ball was dropped.  First and second. A wild pitch moved the runners up.  Barkley bunted and the throw came into the plate to try and get Sisson, but the Wilson catcher dropped the ball, Sisson scores, Allen to third, Barkley hustling to second.  A passed ball scored Allen, and Barkley was able to come around on the same pitch as the Lakemen were caught napping.  BR 5-1.

    Wilson in order in the third.  Zilker to Allen for one.  A K for out 2.  Fly ball to Gaines in center for the third.

    A dropped third strike allowed Davison to reach base.  Zilker bunted him over nicely. Gaines singled to left, Davison to third.  You know Gaines wasn’t going to stand around at first, so he stole second, two in scoring position for the Wolverines. Buchholz helped his own cause rapping a single to right to plate both Davison and Gaines.  Trey stole his way to third, then Sisson Sac flied him in, BR 8-1.

    Wilson 4th, Zilker to Allen for one gone.  A single to right got their fans cheering.  An around the horn DP got their fans quiet, Davison to Zilker to Allen, or 5-4-3 if you are scoring at home and some of you might know the rest of that one.

    BR went in order in their 5th.

    The Lakemen got the leadoff man on to start the fifth but failed to connect.  Another, “I haven’t seen that in a long time” plays.  Zilker to Allen, with a dash of controversy as the batted ball clearly glanced off the runners foot before getting to Zilker, Braden stayed on top of the play to get the out.   What “should have happened” was the ball should have been called dead on the contact with the runner, lead man out.   But the call wasn’t made, and after a bit of chitchat, man on second, still one gone.  A closer game at that point and that “might have made a difference”.  You figure it out? Barkley to Allen and a K, left the runner waiting to get home.

    BR again quick in their part of the 6th.

    The bottom also quick.  Buchholz to Allen, on another fine play on both ends of that one. Davison to Allen, long throw across and a fine stretch at the end. Another K to end the inning.

    BR maybe feeling it a bit much, down in order again in the top of the seventh.

    Two Ks and a ground out, Davison across to Allen.  Ball Game.  Far West Region!!!!!

     

    For the stats:

    Gaines had a hit and scored 2.

    Buchholz had a hit, a run scored, and 2 RBIs.

    Sisson continued being a run producer with a hit, run, and two more RBIs this week.

    Allen scored a run after reaching on an error.

    Barkley scored 2 and drove in one.

    Davison crossed the plate after getting aboard in that “only in baseball way”, dropped third strike.