BROADWAY - Broadway- For a third-straight night, the Broadway Bruins hosted an RCBL game, defeating the Montezuma Braves by a score of 7-3. Despite coming off a 9-0 loss to Clover Hill on Friday and losing their second top-player of the summer, Broadway put themselves back in the win column and right in the thick of a tight Western Division title race.
The talk of the evening in Broadway was the departure of potential RCBL MVP, Logan Morrison, who agreed to join the Valley League after going 4-0 with a 0.72 ERA and 44 strikeouts in five appearances for the Bruins.
Quickly, the talk turned to the action on the field, after a three-run first inning for the Bruins. Bryce Strawderman, John Ackerman, and Kevin Rush each drove in runs to give Broadway a quick 3-0 lead, which they would not surrender for the rest of the night.
The Bruins would add three more runs in the second, thanks to a balk, sacrifice fly, and Dan Fry’s fourth home run of the season. Fry reached base in all four plate appearances, upping his RBI total to 22 and stealing his fifth base of the year. He is now one of six regular Broadway starters who brings a plus-.300 batting average to the plate this year.
Cole Holsinger, the new go-to starter for the Bruins, went seven innings, giving up six hits, two earned runs, with eight strikeouts. He earned his third win of the season for Coach Getz, increasing his strikeout total to 40 in 31.1 innings of work this summer.
Montezuma didn’t go down quietly in this one, posting nine hits on the night, including a two-run home run by this year’s RCBL Home Run Derby champion, Kyle Matthews. It was his fourth round-trip shot of the season, raising his batting average to .346.
The Braves had a familiar face return to the roster, who could provide a big spark for Montezuma come playoff time. Shortstop Zach Roberts returned to the Braves’ lineup, after spending the majority of the summer playing for the Staunton Braves in the Valley League. Roberts is a former-RCBL All-Star and is a force to reckon with at the top of a lineup. He went 3-4 last night.
Broadway returns home for yet another home game on Tuesday night as they take on the Grottoes Cardinals. Montezuma is also off until Tuesday when they travel to Clover Hill.