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By Dean Barker
The Broadway Bruins erased deficits in both games to sweep a doubleheader with the Stuarts Draft Diamondbacks, winning game one 5-4 on a walkoff and game two 8-4 on Sunday, June 25. The Bruins improved to 8-5, while the Diamondbacks fell to 5-10.
“All in all, we’re on the right track to win a championship here,” Bruins head coach Bryce Strawderman said. The Bruins have now won three of their last four games.
Carl Keenan pitched six innings and got the no-decision in game one, giving up two earned runs on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Colin McGuire got the win to move to 1-0, pitching the seventh and giving up two earned runs on three hits with no walks and no strikeouts.
Parker Heinemann pitched three and a third innings, giving up three earned runs on three hits with seven walks and five strikeouts. Logan Stump took the loss to fall to 1-1, giving up two runs (one earned) in three and a third innings on two hits with four walks and three strikeouts.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, Jayden Nixon grounded out to first, but Ozzie Torres came home before Stuarts Draft caught McGuire running home for the third out. Chaz Harvey responded with a leadoff home run in the top of the second to tie the score at 1-1.
A lightning delay was called before the bottom of the third inning. After the delay, Micah Canterbury would drive in Ethan Burgreen with a double to left to make it 2-1. A two-out RBI single from McGuire would push the lead to 3-1 in the fourth.
A two out solo shot from Caden Richter would cut it to 3-2 in the top of the sixth. Nate Wayne and Tommy Weaver would triple with an out in the top of the seventh to tie the game, and Grayson Bush would single to give the Diamondbacks a 4-3 lead.
Three walks would load the bases in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs, Hunter Deavers tied it up with an infield single to the shortstop. James Sibert grounded to third, but Richter’s throw to first was wild, allowing the winning run to come home.
Broadway scored five runs on five hits with two errors and ten runners left on base. Stuarts Draft had four runs on eight hits with one error and four base runners stranded.
Karson Jennings pitched the first two innings of game two, giving up no runs on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Hunter Deavers pitched the third and was tabbed with the win, giving up four earned runs on four hits with a walk and no strikeouts. Brayden Collier pitched three scoreless innings, with no hits, no walks and four strikeouts. Micah Canterbury pitched a scoreless seventh with no hits, no walks and two strikeouts.
Grant Landis would put the Bruins on the board first with an RBI double in the bottom of the second.
A sacrifice fly from Logan Duff in the top of the third would tie it, and a single to third from Harvey made it a 2-1 game. Richter would then hit his second home run of the day to push the lead to 4-1.
A leadoff triple from Torres was followed by an RBI single from McGuire, and a single from Austin Whetzel made it a one run game. Keegan would walk with the bases loaded to tie the game, and a pair of sac flies from Nixon and Landis completed the comeback to give Broadway a 6-4 lead. Keenan stole home to make it 7-4 after three. Micah Canterbury would rip a two out RBI double down the left field line in the fourth to push the lead to 8-4, and that would be the final score.
The Bruins had eight runs on eight hits with one error and five men left on. The Diamondbacks had four runs on eight hits with no errors and six runners stranded.
Grayson Bush was 5-8 on the day with an RBI for the DBacks. Richter was 2-4 with three RBI’s. Owens was 3-8 with an RBI.
McGuire was 3-5 with two RBIs on the day to lead the Bruins. Keenan was 2-5 with an RBI. Whetzel was 2-4 with an RBI.
“I just stayed short and quick to the ball, stayed back and hit my pitch, and I guess most of them dropped,” McGuire said.
The Bruins will be back in action when they host the Elkton Blue Sox on Monday, June 26 at 7:30 pm. The Diamondbacks will hope to rebound when they travel to face the Clover Hill Bucks on Monday, June 26 at 7:30 pm.
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