BROADWAY - It was a fantastic night in Broadway, Virginia on Friday, with refreshingly cool weather, free Dairy Queen, fireworks in the background throughout the game, and a perfect, picturesque sky. While the atmosphere formed the epitome of a classic night in the RCBL, there was the most important ingredient, a matchup between the Broadway Bruins (this year’s hottest team) vs the Clover Hill Bucks (the most storied franchise in the league).
Friday night belonged to the Clover Hill Bucks, who pulled out a 9-0 win over the Bruins, behind the nearly unhittable arm of Kevin Chandler.
Chandler improved to 2-0 on the year, lowering his ERA to 1.55 after pitching six-shutout innings, giving up just three hits in the process. Right-handed hitters proved no match for Chandler’s fastball, tailing away with crisp precision much of the night.
Through the first four innings, both teams traded scoreless frames. That was until the fifth when John Siciliano brought in two runs with a single off Broadway reliever Ethan Matthews. Siciliano raised his batting average to .340 with a 2-4 night.
All-Star catcher Matt Larson drove in three runs on the night, including an RBI-single in the 7th inning, a bases loaded walk in the 8th, and a fielder’s choice in the 9th that scored Alex Knicely.
Danny Grogg capped off the night with his first home run of the season, sending one over the fence in the 9th inning.
Former JMU reliever Eric Yankey worked the final two frames without allowing a run. He has now pitched 13.2 innings this season without allowing an earned run.
Broadway starting pitcher Brett Whiteman struggled with his control, issuing four free passes, but allowed just one hit through his four inning start. The Potomac State College pitcher now has three starts under his belt this summer, posting a miniscule 0.56 ERA.
Broadway returns home for a third-straight home game in three nights on Saturday night, taking on the Montezuma Braves. Clover Hill will look to extend their Western Division lead with a home matchup against the Bridgewater Reds at Buck Bowman Park.