CLOVER HILL - Clover Hill- It was another must-watch Western Division showdown last night in Clover Hill as the Bucks played host to the Broadway Bruins on Friday night at the Clover Dome.
Despite a late-inning rally, Clover Hill walked away with a 10-7 win, maintaining a one-game lead over Bridgewater for first place in the West.
The Bucks scored four runs in the bottom of the first as Blake Sipe, Cody Warner, and Luke Shifflett hit back-to-back-to-back RBI-singles off Broadway starting pitcher, Tanner Skidmore. Sipe and Warner would both repeat the process in the second inning, contributing RBI-singles to give Clover Hill a 6-0 lead going into the third inning.
Cody Warner and Luke Shifflett would combine to go 5-8 at the plate with six RBIs on the night, giving Shifflett a total of 18 this season.
Clover Hill starting pitcher Nick Corbin cruised through his seven innings of work, giving up just four hits while walking none and striking out six. Unfortunately, his bullpen didn’t experience quite the same success.
Broadway threatened with three runs in the eighth and three more in the ninth, all off Bucks’ relief pitcher, Tanner Moyers. Boo Dean and Ben Reid brought in four runs over the final two frames. Reid’s RBI-single in the 8th was his first hit of the season since joining the team recently.
Head Coach Chris Cofer brought in the ace of his staff, Kevin Chandler, to record the final two outs and slam the door shut on Broadway’s explosive run. After giving up a two-run single to Dean, Chandler would strike out the final two batters of the game.
The Bucks return to action Saturday night, playing host to the Grottoes Cardinals in a battle of two first-place teams. As for Broadway, they return to the field on Sunday with a home game against Elkton.