BRIDGEWATER - Following a rough start to the 2018 season, the Bridgewater Reds have found a way to win six consecutive games, finding themselves in second place in the Western Division. Led by right fielder Corbin Lucas, the Reds dismantled the Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks on Wednesday night 12-3.
Lucas started the scoring early in the game and kept the runs coming all night for the Reds. After hitting a three-run home run in the bottom of the first, Lucas finished the night 3-for-4 with two runs and five RBIs.
Bridgewater started to run away with the game in the first couple of innings, but the Dbacks wouldn’t go down easily.
Stuarts Draft started to come back in the top of the sixth as Calen Owens and Reeves Whitmore each came around to score, cutting the Reds’ lead to 5-3.
With the Dbacks closing in, the Reds bats lit up and Bridgewater started to pull away again with a four-run sixth inning that was highlighted by a two-run double from Brian Bocock.
The Reds tacked on three more runs in the eighth, coming just one run shy of ending the game by slaughter rule.
Reliever Tristan Eppard got three quick outs in the top of the ninth to end the game, giving Bridgewater its sixth straight win.
“Is it six straight?” said Tyler Bocock, in his first game back since being on vacation. “Dang. It feels good. We’re rolling”
The Reds shortstop finished the game 1-for-4 with two runs scored. He also reached base once after being hit by a pitch.
Bridgewater starter Hunter Miller, who is the youngest player in the league at just 14 years old, tossed 4.1 innings, giving up one run on four hits and striking out five.
John Page picked up the win for Bridgewater, pitching 2.2 innings of relief. Page allowed two runs on three hits and struck out two Dbacks.
The Reds will be in action tonight and tomorrow before heading into the All-Star break this weekend. Bridgewater heads to Elkton tonight before returning home on Friday to host the first-place Broadway Bruins.
Bocock says that going into the All-Star break this weekend, it’s good for the team to be gaining some momentum.
“I think, where the standings sit now, it’s kind of nice to go in, hopefully get a win tomorrow and then give Broadway our best shot since they’ve proved that they’re solid."