BRIDGEWATER- There are thousands of reasons as to why baseball is the greatest sport on Earth and Saturday night in Bridgewater showcased one of the best reasons.
The Montezuma Braves entered last night’s game with a record of 4-16, sitting 12 games out in the Western Division. They held the worst record in the RCBL by three games. Their opponent, the Bridgewater Reds, entered the contest with a 15-5 record, winners of seven of their last nine games. None of that mattered as the Braves walked away from Ray Heatwole Field winners of a 4-3 game.
Ryan Kiser (sidelined for nearly the entire season with an injury) led off the scoring with an RBI-single in the top of the first inning, bringing in Kyle Matthews for one of his three runs scored on the night.
Corbin Lucas responded with an RBI-single of his own in the bottom of the first. Lucas ended the night with three of the six Bridgewater hits.
A solo home run by Kyle Matthews (his sixth of the year) in the third gave Montezuma a lead they would not surrender for the rest of the evening. Bridgewater threatened in the bottom of the ninth, scoring two runs on a Tucker Garrison double. However, the Reds failed to produce any offense against Brandon Lambert, who struck out two hitters, securing his first save of the season.
The story of the night was the Montezuma pitching staff. Matching up against a fully stacked Bridgewater lineup, Kyle Johnson (3 IP) and Kyle Eagle (5 IP) combined to strike out six hitters, allowing just six hits and limiting the top of the Bridgewater lineup (K. Bocock, T. Bocock, T. Mahone, B. Bocock) to two hits in 14 at-bats.
Bridgewater will look to rebound on Monday when they travel to Stuarts Draft, while Montezuma remains off until Tuesday. They welcome the 9-13 and Eastern Division leading Grottoes Cardinals to town at 7:30 pm.