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By Mitchell Broughton
Bridgewater took an early lead, but the Bruins stormed back after a lightning delay to take the first win of the five game series 7-1.
Jonathan Sexton singled in the top of the second and stole second base after a failed pick off attempt. The next at-bat, All-RCBL outfielder Jacob Grabeel slapped a single over the shortstop’s head that would score Sexton, which would end up being the only run of the game for the Reds. Four Bridgewater players recorded a hit in last night’s ballgame.
Reds’ starter Tanner Moyers threw five scoreless innings before being replaced after the lightning delay in the sixth with two runners on base. He finished his outing with four hits, three walks, three strikeouts and two earned runs. His reliever, Matt Schobe, struggled to get in a rhythm. Schobe allowed four hits and five earned runs.
The Bruins’ had plenty of runners on base before they opened up their scoring in the sixth, but struggled to get some runs across. Travis Reifsnider has been playing his best ball of the summer in the playoffs. Last night he went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. All-RCBL infielder Josh Jones had just one hit, but his single drove in two more runs for the Bruins. RCBL MVP Chase DeLauter has struggled to get anyone to pitch to him in the playoffs since his first inning home run in the first game of the first round against Stuarts Draft. He walked four times last night. In the last three games he has been walked 12 times in a row. He has certainly proven himself this season as the biggest threat at the plate and now nobody will pitch him anything close.
John Judy got the start on the mound for Broadway. In his six innings he recorded eight strikeouts and gave up just two hits to record his third win of 2020. Judy also had a night at the plate; he had two hits, two RBIs and scored himself off a passed ball in the sixth inning.
The second game in this series will be held at Ruritan Park in Montezuma on Monday August 10 at 7:30 PM.
FINAL: Bridgewater 1 Broadway 7. Win: John Judy (3-0). Loss: Tanner Moyers (0-3).
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