STUARTS DRAFT - Gavin Kandrick wasn’t able to be a part of the Broadway Bruins’ win over Stuarts Draft on Saturday, so he made sure to make the most of his at bats in Sunday night’s 13-3 victory.
Facing the Diamondbacks for the second night in a row, the Bruins took home their second consecutive slaughter rule win, thanks in large part to Kandrick’s bat.
“It’s what I work for all summer. It’s a great feeling,” Kandrick said of his performance on Sunday night. “It’s a great W for our team for sure.”
Kandrick had a career night, hitting two grand slams and driving in eight runs for Broadway. His home runs were the first two of the season for the second-year catcher and his RBIs on Sunday more than doubled his season total.
After reaching via walk in his first time up and popping out to the third baseman in his next plate appearance, Kandrick hit his first home run in the top of the fourth inning to give the Bruins a 5-0 lead.
“I was kind of struggling. I was trying to do too much with that first at bat,” Kandrick said. “That was my approach going forward, try to simplify the game, slow it down a little bit, and just take my time, and that’s what happened.”
The Diamondbacks closed in on the lead in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three runs, but the Bruins wouldn’t allow any more than that as Calen Owens was thrown out trying to score on a Will Hass single.
Kandrick came back up to the plate in the fifth inning with the bases loaded again. After taking a few pitches, he crushed another home run ball over the fence, breaking the game wide open for the Bruins.
Broadway went on to score seven runs on four hits in the inning. Stuarts Draft starter Tyler Wilcher had trouble finding the zone, walking three batters in the fifth and eight total. Three of the batters who scored for Broadway in the fifth inning reached on walks.
The Bruins added another run in the top of the sixth as Kandrick scored on an RBI single by John Ackerman, his third time crossing the plate in the game.
Broadway starter Cole Holsinger pitched four innings against the Diamondbacks, allowing three runs on four hits. Holsinger struck out two batters on the night.
With the win, the Bruins improve to 8-1 on the season and extend their winning streak to seven straight games. The Bruins are currently in first place in the Western Division, just ahead of the Clover Hill Bucks.
Up next for Broadway, the Bruins will travel to Montezuma tonight to take on the Braves, who are currently 2-5. Tonight’s game is a makeup of a game that was originally supposed to be played on June 18. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.