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By Leyton Pullin
Broadway defeated Stuarts Draft 8-3 on Saturday night thanks to a dominate pitching performance from their staff.
Trent Abernathy would get the start for the Bruins of Broadway and would get run support before he ever threw a pitch as Broadway would load the bases and Travis Reifsnider would score the opening run on a pitch that got away from D-Backs catcher Tyler Wilcher making the score 1-0. Josh Jones would hit a 2 RBI double to follow giving the Bruins a 3-0 lead with 0 outs in the top of the 1st. The Bruins would end up leaving the bases loaded in the top of the first failing to tag onto their lead.
When Abernathy would finally get to the mound, he retired four straight batters until D-Backs slugger Cody Bartley belted a solo home run to right center putting Stuarts Draft on the board but still trailing 3-1. Abernathy would only go for 4 innings but strike out 10 with only the 1 earned run.
In the top of the 4th inning Broadway would load the bases up again and then catcher John Judy would hit a sacrifice fly to left field to extend the lead to 4-1. Natty Solomon would follow him up as he would hit a 2RBI single scoring Chase Delauter and Josh Jones to extend the lead to 6-1. Josh Bell would come into the game for Broadway and retire his first 5 batters before Kent Rooklin would hit a ball to right center that would go in and out of the glove of Travis Reifsnider putting him aboard in the bottom of the 6th. Bell would then give up a single to Will Hass and then another to Cody Bartley that would drive in Rooklin cutting the lead to 6-2. The next batter would be Jack Pausic who would crush a ball that would hit off the outfield fence and drop for a RBI single cutting the lead to 6-3.
In the top of the 8th Broadway would find some insurance runs in the way of the long ball as Chase Delauter and Natty Solomon both would go yard to extend the lead to 8-3.
For Broadway they advance to 7-3 with another dominate pitching performance as Abernathy picks up the win and Josh Bell and Anthony Picolini would both put in solid relief efforts on the mound for the Bruins. At the plate the Bruins had a few stand outs as Chase Delauter would go 1 for 2 with 3 walks and a homerun(4) and Natty Solomon would go 3 for 4 with 2 singles and a homerun(2) with 3RBIs(7). Broadway will host Montezuma(4-7) on Sunday at JMU.
For Stuarts Draft they drop to 1-7 on the year and Trever Mitchel would take the loss. Cody Bartley would go 2 for 4 with a homerun(3) and 3RBIs(10) as one of the high spots for the D-Backs. Stuarts Draft will Travel to Buck Bowman Park to take on the Bridgewater Reds(4-5) on Sunday.
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