BROADWAY - The Broadway Bruins’ nine-game winning streak was snapped on Tuesday at the hands of the Elkton Blue Sox, but it didn’t take long for the team to get back in the win column. Behind the pitching efforts of Logan Morrison, the Bruins defeated the Grottoes Cardinals 4-0 Wednesday night at Shifflett Field.
“We came out a little bit flat against Elkton. I think it had in part to do with the All-Star Weekend, getting a few days off,” Broadway head coach Justin Getz said. “We were playing so many games in a row, they weren’t really used to having a break, I don’t think. We came out a little bit flat and didn’t really have our minds in it, but tonight everybody showed up, everybody was zoned in when we got here, and it showed.”
Perhaps the most zoned in player on the Bruins squad was Morrison, who lasted eight innings and struck out 13 batters on the way to earning his fourth win of the season. Morrison was as effective as he’s been all season long, and was able to get out of any jam he was faced with.
The Cardinals led off the bottom of the second with a walk and a single, getting two runners on with no outs. Morrison responded by striking out the next three batters he faced, leaving two men on for Grottoes.
No base runner for the Cardinals was able to make it past second base in Wednesday night’s game.
“He’s been the man. He’s showed up in every scenario we’ve put him in and played well,” Getz said about Morrison. “That’s the type of kid he is. He doesn’t have any quit and he wants the ball every time he has an option to get it. He throws the ball well, he knows how to pitch and he does well for us. We’re excited to have him.”
Morrison also made his presence known at the plate, driving in half of the Bruins’ runs in the game.
With the game scoreless in the top of the fifth, Morrison hit a fly ball to left field, scoring Kevin Rush from third base. The Luray native drove in another run in the top of the sixth after drawing a bases-loaded walk, making the score 4-0 in favor of the Bruins.
Rush had a good night at the plate as well, finishing 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for Broadway. The only other Bruin to have multiple hits on the night was the second baseman Bryce Strawderman, who finished the night 2-for-5.
Going forward, Broadway will host the Bridgewater Reds on Friday in a Western Division battle. The team has already matched their 2017 win total and currently sits in first place with an 11-2 record.
“They’re playing well, they like to have fun," Getz said. "They get along really well and I think that has a lot to do with it.”