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By Leyton Pullin
The Broadway Bruins defeated Stuarts Draft 14-0 to complete the 2 games to 0 sweep over the Diamondbacks but the score did not dictate how close and tense the game was through the first 6 innings.
Stuarts Draft would start Jailey Paredes and would struggle through his first 2 innings putting 2 runners on in each but would get out of each. The 3rd would be different however as Bryce Strawderman and Travis Reifsnider would work walks in the followed by Chase DeLauter getting the free pass then Josh Jones would deliver with a sacrifice fly to score Strawderman. Two pitches later Travis Reifsnider would steal home to give the Bruins a 2-0 advantage.
Both teams had been exchanging words throughout the early innings then the game would reach a breaking point. Kent Rooklin would fly out to Chase Delauter who made a spectacular diving catch then would double up Bob Funk at 2nd base to end the 3rd before words were exchanged between Funk and Short Stop Tyler Ault before the benches would clear and Travis Reifsnider would come and pull Ault away to try and deescalate the situation. Warnings were handed out to both sides after the field was cleared.
Baseball would resume as both starters Paredes and Liam McDonnnel would settle in and would hold each line up scoreless until we got to the top of the 7th. Paredes struggled to find the strike zone giving up back to back lead off walks before Josh Jones would deliver again with a RBI single. John Judy would also add on an RBI single before Chris Holsinger would square up a 2RBI single. Matt Meiser would follow with a 2 run homerun to right center. Natty Soloman would single and score on a passed ball before the bases would load up for Jones to deliver again this time with a grand slam to extend the Broadway lead to 14-0 before an out was recorded in the top of the 7th. Stuarts Draft would have to attempt to rally in the bottom of the 7th to avoid the mercy rule but would fail to as they were retired in order.
For Stuarts Draft their season comes to an end in a two game sweep by the Bruins. For Broadway they will advance to the semifinals and will await their opponent. After the big offensive explosion Matt Meiser said,” It took awhile for our bats to wake up and you see good stuff happens when we start hitting. That’s been our approach all year.” Meiser has to his own admission been struggling for the past few games including two strikeouts in his first two at bats today had a 2 run homerun in the 7th. Josh Jones had a huge night for the Bruins with 6 RBIs while his teammate and RCBL Player of the Year Chase Delauter walked every time he came to the plate. Liam McDonnel would pick up the win with 7 strikeouts and 0 runs given up.
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