MONTEZUMA - Continuing to show their dominance with a second-straight 10-run victory, the Bridgewater Reds defeated the Montezuma Braves 13-1 at Ruritan Park on Friday night. The Reds tallied up 13 runs on 17 hits to end the Braves’ four-game win streak and improve to 18-7 on the season.
As was the case with Thursday night’s win over Elkton, last night’s game was close for the majority of the contest. The Reds scored the first runs of the game in the top of the fourth inning when Andrew Berry and Derek Shifflett came around to score on a single by Kevin Bocock.
Neither team would cross the plate again until the top of the seventh when the Reds sent four men across to widen their lead. Bridgewater scored three more runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth to take home the victory.
Shifflett, making his fourth start of the season, limited the Montezuma bats early in the game. The Reds’ starter struck out the side twice during his outing and racked up 13 total strikeouts in seven and two-thirds innings. Four batters went down on strikes as they watched a Shifflett pitch sail by them in the zone.
Shifflett gave up just five hits in the game and one run off a solo home run to right field by Braves’ first baseman Ryan Kiser.
Brian Bocock continued his hot streak, finishing the night 4-for-6 with three runs scored. Kevin Bocock, Tyler Bocock, Josh Wright and Andrew Berry each had multi-hit games as well.
Wright and Corbin Lucas each hit home runs for the Reds. Lucas hit his in the top of the ninth, a no-doubter that flew clear over the left field fence.
The win keeps Bridgewater in second place in the West Division, just two games behind the Clover Hill Bucks. Each team has three games left before the season ends next Wednesday.
Bridgewater’s next matchup comes tomorrow night as they host the Braves at Ray Heatwole Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.