BROADWAY - The Broadway Bruins won a combined four games between 2015 and 2016. Last season, the Bruins took a big leap forward, winning five of their final 10 games to finish with 11 wins, ahead of Montezuma in the Western Division standings.
Fast forward to June 10th, 2018 and the Broadway Bruins are playing some of the best baseball in the RCBL and coming off a 5-3 victory over the previously undefeated Clover Hill Bucks.
The Bucks went deep into their pitching staff for Saturday night’s contest, electing to start Jesse Showalter. While Showalter pitched well, Broadway’s offense was unstoppable, throughout the night.
The Bruins racked up 12 hits, a combined seven hits came from Brady Duff, Boo Dean, and John Judy.
A Bryce Strawderman sac-fly and Brady Duff RBI-single gave the Bruins a quick 2-0 in the second inning, before Boo Dean and John Judy chipped in RBI-singles in the 3rd to put Broadway up 4-1.
Dan Fry tripled in the fourth inning, bringing in the Bruins’ fifth run of the night, as Broadway relied on their pitching staff for the rest of the evening.
It appeared as if Clover Hill was going to continue to do Clover Hill things and mount a large late-inning rally, however, outstanding defense and smart pitching by the Bruins ended that threat. The Bucks loaded the bases in the eighth with one out but ultimately stranded all three runners.
They challenged again in the ninth. A Johnny Wood walk and Ross French single put two on with no outs and the heart of the Clover Hill lineup awaiting Bruins’ pitcher Cole Holsinger. Holsinger doubled up Drew Easter and Wood on a pop-up bunt attempt by Easter. He ended the night with a strikeout of Blake Sipe.
Despite the loss, the Bucks did see a number of positives. Ross French recorded four of the five Clover Hill hits on the night and Austin Knicely and Eric Yankey combined for five shutout innings in relief of Showalter.
The Bruins now sit at 4-1, right on the heels of the now 5-1 Clover Hill Bucks. Broadway returns to the field tonight at 6:30 against the Montezuma Braves. Clover Hill is off until Tuesday night when they travel to Grottoes to take on the Cardinals.