STUARTS DRAFT - The Bridgewater Reds had some close games this weekend, winning on a walk-off against Grottoes on Friday and losing by one run to Montezuma on Saturday. Monday’s game against Stuarts Draft got back to the typical Bridgewater offense, though, as the Reds won 17-4 over the Dbacks.
“Kind of a sour taste after Saturday night. That game got away from us and it never should’ve gotten away from us,” head coach Robert Sherfey said about the Reds’ weekend. “The boys realized it. We just came out and played hard baseball. Hard-nosed baseball is what we wanted to go with.”
The Reds came out firing on all cylinders and started the scoring early in the game. Bridgewater had lots of extra-base hits, hitting back-to-back-to-back RBI doubles in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead.
The Dbacks scored twice in the bottom of the first, but the Reds put the game away in the second inning.
Bridgewater scored eight runs on five hits in the second inning as they batted around in the lineup. Through two innings, the Reds had nine hits, six of which were doubles.
Continuing the hard-nosed baseball that Sherfey talked about, the Reds kept the runs coming later in the game. Josh Wright and Brian Bocock hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning to extend their lead.
Bridgewater ended up scoring five runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to win the game 17-4.
The Reds have beaten the Dbacks handily in every game this season, but Sherfey says that’s just the result of playing their best baseball.
“We’re just playing every game as hard as we can,” Sherfey said. “The outcome is the outcome. We’re going to give it our best every game.”
Three Bridgewater pitchers took the mound in Monday’s game. Starter Gehrig Spradlin picked up the win while Nick Griffin and Grey Sherfey came in to pitch relief innings.
Sherfey came in for the final inning, making his first appearance on the mound this season.
“We just wanted to bring him in here and let him get a taste of it,” Coach Sherfey said. “I think he’s going to be good for us in the future. He’ll help us out. It’s good for him, confidence builder.”
The Reds are now 16-6 on the season and remain in second place in the West Division. Their next matchup comes tomorrow night against the Broadway Bruins at Broadway High School.