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By Mitchell Broughton
In the first of a three game series against the Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks, the regular season champion Broadway Bruins captured a big 4-2 win at Eagle Field on Sunday night.
RCBL Pitcher of the Year Adam Riggleman got the start in game one and continued his excellence on the mound. Riggleman pitched seven innings for the Bruins; he struck out eight, gave up zero walks, and allowed just two runs against the D-Backs. Relieving him in the eighth, Trent Abernathy picked up a save for Broadway. Abernathy allowed no hits and struck out three to clinch the first game of the series for the Bruins.
Chase DeLauter continued his MVP performance as he homered in the bottom of the first to give the Bruins an early lead. That marked his fourteenth home run of the year. DeLauter did not see another pitch the rest of the game, he was intentionally walked three times. Bryce Strawderman had two RBIs for Broadway, one off a single in the second and the other a sac-fly in the eighth. John Judy had the third hit for the Bruins when he singled in the seventh inning, scoring DeLauter from second base.
Ironically, Stuarts Draft out-hit Broadway 6-3. Nate Burton tripled in the seventh inning which scored Reeves Whitmore, who doubled during the at-bat prior. Bob Funk singled at the next at-bat, scoring Burton to tie the game late.
Calyb King pitched all eight innings for the Diamondbacks. King gave up 11 walks and three hits but struck out six in an effort to save some Draft arms for the rest of the series.
The Bruins take the first of the best-of-three series and will travel to the Diamond Club tonight for game two. Liam McDonnell is scheduled to take the mound tonight for Broadway, the starter for Stuarts Draft has not been announced. If Broadway wins, they advance to the semifinals; if Draft wins, the deciding game will be played tomorrow at Eagle Field.
FINAL: Stuarts Draft 2 Broadway 4. Win: Adam Riggleman (4-0). Loss: Calyb King (1-3). Save: Trent Abernathy.
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