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By Leyton Pullin
On Saturday night the Broadway Bruins defeated the New Market Shockers 7-4 behind a dominant performance from their pitching staff.
The Bruins started the scoring in the top of the first as Natty Soloman would single to the opposite field as Justin Lohr would score after he reached on a hit by pitch giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
New Market would answer in the bottom half of the inning as Frankie Ritter would reach on an error an then would score on a passed by ball and showed off his speed to tie the game at 1-1.
Both starters would dig in as Collin Pastel and Jacob Bell would hold both sides scoreless until the top of the 4th inning as Broadway would push two runs across as Trevor Thomas and Trent Abernathy would score to take a 3-1 lead.
Broadway went right back to work in the 5th as they added two more with a Devon Neal ground-rule double and he would later score. Jett Shue would come to the plate with two outs and would hit a RBI single before Trent Abernathy was thrown out on the play to end the inning running the score up to 6-2.
Pearce Bucher would answer for New Market in the bottom half of the inning with a RBI double that scored Henry Delavergne to pull the game back to within three runs.
Broad way would strike again in the top of the 7th as Cadlee Jarvis would put a groundball in play and be put out by Ethan Laird at first as Trevor Thomas scored to make it 7-3 Broadway.
James Riddle would come in for Broadway in the 8th and 9th and would put out good work on the mound to close the game out with the one blemish being the run he gave up to Frankie Ritter to pull the game to its final score 7-4 in favor of the defending champions.
Broadway’s Wyatt Emswiler picked up the win for the Bruins in his two innings of relief work and Collin Pastel would take the loss for the Shockers.
The game was full of first game jitters as both teams combined for 8 Hit By Pitches and three run downs.
For the Bruins they will travel to Grottoes on Sunday June 6 for a 6:30 PM date with the Cardinals (0-1).
New Market will also travel to take on the Elkton Blue Sox (0-1) at 7:30 PM on Sunday June 6.
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