BRIDGEWATER - On a night when the Bruins racked up nine runs on 15 hits, it might be hard to believe that the best performance was on the mound. But that was the case in Broadway’s 9-1 win over Bridgewater on Friday night.
Bruins starting pitcher Logan Morrison struck out 14 batters en route to picking up his second win of the season and helping the team improve to 3-1 on the season.
“Logan pitched a heck of a game, hitting the spots all the way around,” Bruins head coach Justin Getz said following the win.
Morrison finished the night pitching six innings and giving up just one run on three hits. He only walked three batters on the night, but one of them almost got to him.
Morrison had walked Bridgewater third baseman Brian Bocock to lead off the sixth, prompting Getz to call a mound conference. After talking things over with his coach, Morrison proceeded to strike out the next three batters, all of them going down looking.
“I just told him to keep his head up. He was getting a little tired. He was up there in pitches and that’s kind of when your mental side of it starts to shut down a little bit,” Getz said. “So I just told him to keep his head up, keep pounding the zone and reach back and trust your stuff and that’s exactly what he did.”
When Morrison exited the game after the sixth inning, his replacement was just as effective. John Judy pitched three innings of relief, allowing no runs and no hits. Judy struck out four batters and walked two in his outing.
“The pitching was great all the way around,” Getz said. “Judy did a heck of a job coming in to close it out.”
The only run for the Reds was scored in the bottom of the first on a RBI single by Brian Bocock. From that point on, the only hit was a double by Logan Phelps to lead off the bottom of the fifth.
While the Bruins’ pitching was phenomenal, there was plenty of offense in Friday’s game as well.
Broadway scored two runs in the top of the first to get things started. Three runs each in the fifth and eighth innings gave the Bruins a lead that they would not come close to losing the rest of the night.
Centerfielder Dan Fry had a career night after coming in to the game batting just .071 on the season. Fry singled in the first inning and later came around to score on an RBI single by Gavin Kandrick. He hit an RBI double in the third to put the Bruins up 3-1. Fry started the Bruins’ fifth inning rally with a two-out solo home run to right field. He finished the night 4-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk, just a triple short of the cycle.
“He’s got great potential,” Getz said. “He’s a good hitter and a good five-tool baseball player. He’s a good guy to have on the roster.”
Nine batters recorded hits for Broadway in Friday’s game and four players had multi-hit performances.
The Bruins will be back in action tonight when the host Clover Hill at Broadway High School. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Bridgewater’s next matchup comes tonight as well as the Reds head to Montezuma at 7:30 p.m.