BRIDGEWATER - The fireworks got started a night early for the Reds.
Bridgewater hosted the Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks at Ray Heatwole field on Tuesday night, piling on the runs until they won the game 22-3 in the seventh inning.
The Reds got 23 hits in the game as they bounced back from a tough 15-13 loss to Broadway the previous night. Every player in the Bridgewater starting lineup got at least one hit on the night with Kevin Bocock, Josh Wright and Corbin Lucas each getting four hits in the win.
Reds head coach Robert Sherfey was all business after the game, saying his team is just there to play the game.
“It’s just showing up every game and playing the game,” Sherfey said about the Reds’ mentality this season. “That’s what we thrive for every time we show up. That’s just what we’re here for.
“The boys come in thriving. Last night didn’t fall our way. We come back this night, new day, battling all the way. They’ll never give up so we’re just going to battle and battle to the end.”
The Reds went down early in the game as Jay Thompson hit a three-run home run to put the Dbacks on the board in the top of the first. The lead wouldn’t last long though, as the Reds came roaring back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the second.
Bridgewater tacked on 11 runs on nine hits in the third inning before putting up seven runs in the fourth and one in the fifth.
Bridgewater starter Gehrig Spradlin tossed six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and striking out five batters.
The Reds have now scored double digit runs in three of their last five games, which Sherfey says is the result of a more consistent schedule.
“We’re getting to play more games now,” Sherfey said. “At first we had all these rainout games. We went seven days without playing. Guys are getting in a groove now. Everybody’s here. Things are coming together like we’re hoping for.”
The Reds improve to 10-4 on the season with the win and move to two games behind Clover Hill in the Western Division. Bridgewater has won three of its last five games and the team hopes to continue showing what they’re capable of doing
“We’re on the right path,” Sherfey said. “We’re still going to show some things. We’ll do some things. We’re just here to play the game.”
The Reds have a bit of a break following the Fourth of July holiday. Their next matchup comes Friday night at Stuarts Draft.