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By Mitchell Broughton
It has been a long time coming for the Broadway Bruins, but for the first time since 1931 they can call themselves regular season champions once again after defeating Bridgewater last night 2-0.
The game was a continuation from a postponed meeting that originally started last Saturday, but a power outage postponed the remainder. Last night, it resumed in the top of the sixth with Broadway up to bat. The Bruins had bases loaded with one out and a 2-2 count for Kevin Rush at the plate. Rush was walked in by Tanner Moyers, scoring Tyler Ault for the first run of the ball game. A costly error with two outs in the eighth by the Reds’ infield allowed another run to score for Broadway. John Judy took the mound on the restart for Broadway. In the downpour he was fantastic, striking out seven in the final four innings while only allowing two hits in the win.
Broadway has been the most dominant team all season, recognizably at the plate with two big bats of Chase DeLauter and Josh Jones. They also have had very strong pitching with their core of starters Riggleman, Whiteman, Abernathy and Judy, but also their relievers McDonnell and Piccolino. They have all the parts to be a championship team and locking up the top seed in the playoffs set them up for success to go the distance. The Bruins have an opportunity to break another long drought and bring the first RCBL championship back to Broadway since 1938. Broadway will face Stuarts Draft in the first round of the playoffs which will be a three-game series.
Bridgewater falls to 11-10 overall and will either be the fourth or fifth seed in this year's playoffs. Their fate lies in the hands of Grottoes, who still have to play Elkton. If the Cardinals win they will move up to third, Clover Hill falls to fourth, and Bridgewater fifth. If Elkton beats Grottoes, the Cardinals will take fifth, Bridgewater fourth, and Clover Hill will finish in third.
Congratulations to Broadway and their players on a dominant regular season. Playoffs this year will be as competitive as they’ve ever been in the history of the RCBL. A majority of the teams in the league this year have a legitimate chance of taking home the championship.
FINAL: Broadway 2 Bridgewater 0. Win: John Judy (3-0). Loss: Tanner Moyers (0-2)
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