CLOVER HILL – It was a back-and-forth fight between the Clover Hill Bucks and the Bridgewater Reds Tuesday night at Buck Bowman Park. Clover Hill finally pulled away in the bottom of the eighth inning, bringing in eight runs to secure an 11-3 victory.
The Reds got on the board early as Kevin Bocock stole home in the top of the first to give them a 1-0 lead.
The Bucks answered in the bottom of the second, bringing in their first run from Alex Knicely, which led into three innings with no runs. The Bucks ended that scoreless streak by bringing in two runs from Johnny Wood and John Siciliano in the sixth, making the score 3-1.
The Reds answered back in the eighth, bringing in two runs from Tyler Mahone and Derek Shifflett, tying the game at 3-3.
The Bucks managed to bring in eight runs in the bottom of the eighth, getting five hits off Billy Arens. Several times Arens had to pitch with bases loaded and three hit batters allowed the Bucks to score multiple times in the inning.
“They helped us out in a few places, they are rough around the edges as we are also so sometimes those things won’t work out as they will later in the season,” Cofer said about the Bucks’ pitchers. “They definitely had the momentum there so it was really good to punch back and take control of the game.”
The Bucks ran past the Reds, racking up 11 hits in Tuesday’s contest. Nine Clover Hill players came around to score in the game, including Johnny Wood and John Siciliano, who each scored twice. Eric Yankey’s pitching kept Bridgewater’s offense to a minimum as he allowed just two hits in 1.1 innings, earning the win.
“Trying to get our pitchers to work out some type of rhythm for starting pitching and how many innings we are going to throw, and establishing roles,” Cofer said about the goals of his team going forward. “We are real deep in the pitching staff and in the bullpen. I’m kind of interested to see how that’ll come about and same thing with the lineup.”
The Bucks are off until June 1, when they’ll host the New Market Shockers at 7:30 p.m.