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By Mitchell Broughton
Friday night marked the third and final regular season meeting between the Bridgewater Reds and Montezuma Braves. Bridgewater, having won the first two meetings 9-4 and 8-6, came into the game with an attitude portrayed perfectly by manager Robert Sherfey.
“Do not give them a chance to make this a game,” Sherfey said in his pregame speech to his team. “Take it to them every single inning.” The Reds did just that. Bridgwater defeated Montezuma handedly 10-3, completing the sweep.
Making his third start of the 2020 season, Bridgewater College right hander Hunter Mohr took the mound for the Reds. While not dominating on his own, Mohr utilized his defense to keep the Braves in check. In a little over five innings he allowed seven hits, three runs, but struck out three in the path to his first win of the year.
On the mound for Montezuma was Jacob Haney out of William & Mary. Primarily playing mostly in the infield for the Braves this season, Haney, also in his third appearance, struckout nine batters but gave up nine hits and five runs for the Braves.
In the top of the second, Bridgewater opened up their scoring with back to back home runs by Tyler Mahone and George Laase. Jacob Grabeel and Mason Mitchell’s singles later in the inning drove in two more runs, increasing Bridgewater’s lead early to 4-1. Grabeel finished the game with three hits, two of them being doubles to go along with three RBIs. Catcher Jonathan Sexton also had three hits and two doubles of his own, and drove in two more runs for the Reds.
Bridgewater, now 8-6, rides their three-game win streak up to New Market tonight for an important game against the Shockers. Montezuma falls to 5-9 and will try to pull off an upset when they host the Clover Hill Bucks tonight at Ruritan Park.
FINAL: Bridgewater 10 Montezuma 3. Winning pitcher: Hunter Mohr (1-0). Losing pitcher: Jacob Haney (0-2).
Around the County League: A Jose Rocha grand slam in the bottom of the eighth propels Elkton to an upset over Clover Hill 10-9. Rocha finished with two hits, two home runs, and seven RBIs for the Blue Sox.
Chase DeLauter and Josh Jones each homered twice in a 12-11 win over Stuarts Draft. Jones went 4-for-4 with four RBIs. DeLauter’s home run totals improve to seven on the season, continuing his lead in the RCBL.
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