CLOVER HILL - The Broadway Bruins have officially separated themselves from the rest of the RCBL. Sitting at the Clover Dome on Tuesday night, a group of fans talked amongst themselves , wondering “how in the world can these boys stay competitive by playing five games in five days?” The Bruins answered that question with leadership and Logan Morrison.
After pitching the final inning on Monday night against Montezuma (struck out all three hitters he faced), Morrison started Tuesday night for the Bruins, leading his team to their fifth win in five nights and nine-straight wins overall.
Over seven innings, Morrison gave up seven hits, one earned run, and three walks while striking out nine en route to a 4-2 victory for Broadway over Clover Hill.
Boo Dean began the scoring early with a bases loaded grounder back to Clover Hill’s starting pitcher Jordan Showalter. Showalter attempted to start the inning-ending double play, rather than getting the force out at home, however, the double play attempt didn’t materialize as Gavin Kandrick scored from third.
Kandrick would later drive in a run of his own with a seventh inning RBI-single, scoring on another Boo Dean fielder’s choice later in the frame.
As for Clover Hill, the Bucks lost a lot more than just a baseball game on Tuesday night. In the seventh inning, Clover Hill 1B/DH Cody Swisher took an awkward swing at a Morrison fastball, doubling over in pain after completing his swing.
Late last night, Swisher released the news on social media that he tore his bicep tendon and will now miss the rest of the season after having surgery to repair the damage.
Heartbreaking news not just for Clover Hill, but the entire league. Swisher is a vocal leader for the Bucks, who will now rely on their deep bench to try and replace his production on the field.
The Bucks attempted to rally twice, late in the game. Ross French brought in the first run of the game for the Bucks in the sixth with a push-bunt down the first base line, beating out the hit and scoring John Siciliano. Blake Sipe drilled his first home run of the season, deep over the left field wall, in the ninth, trying to spark a late rally.
Ultimately, Cole Holsinger slammed the door shut on a ninth-straight victory for the Bruins. Broadway finally gets a short break, taking two days off before taking the field again on Friday against the hot-hitting Bridgewater Reds.