BROADWAY - On a night in which the Broadway and RCBL community honored the memory of fallen soldier Brian “Bucky” Anderson, the Broadway Bruins kept pace with the first-place Clover Hill Bucks, after taking down the Montezuma Braves, 8-1.
The Bruins sent Tanner Skidmore to the mound on Thursday night, who tossed a seven-inning, one-hit gem. Skidmore struck out 12 Montezuma hitters, en route to earning his first victory of the 2018 season. He now has 27 strikeouts in 19 innings this year, while lowering his ERA to 3.31.
John Ackerman, Kevin Rush, and John Judy each produced run-scoring hits through the first three innings, giving Skidmore and the Broadway bullpen all the run support they would need for the evening.
For good measure, the Bruins piled on five more runs in the seventh inning. Boo Dean drew a bases loaded walk, followed by RBI-singles by Rush and Bryce Strawderman, and an RBI-double by Bryce Turner.
Hood College IF Brady Duff chipped in four hits and scored three runs last night, raising his batting average to .327. Adding to his two hits and two RBIs, Kevin Rush added two more walks to his season total, giving him 11 on the season.
Montezuma managed just three hits on the night, two of them coming from Brett Jones, who brought in Owen Stewart in the seventh inning, scoring the only run of the game for Montezuma.
Should the rain hold off, all eight teams will be in action tonight (Friday) in the RCBL. Montezuma returns home to take on the New Market Shockers, while Broadway and Clover Hill battle for first place in the Western Division with a big matchup in Broadway.