BRIDGEWATER - In a game where both teams rack up double digit hits, you’d think the score would be a close one. That was not the case in Clover Hill’s 12-6 win over Bridgewater on Tuesday night.
The Bucks visited Ray Heatwole Field for the second time this season, looking to avenge their loss on June 16. The team succeeded, scoring 12 runs on 12 hits to defeat the rival Reds.
“It’s great to win here at any time,” Bucks head coach Chris Cofer said following the victory. It’s great to beat Bridgewater any time. They’re a great team. They’re never out of the game.”
Bridgewater was very much in the game in the early innings. The Reds scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth and led Clover Hill 3-1, but as they’ve done all season long, the Bucks waited a few innings to really get their offense going.
The Bucks scored three runs on three hits in the top of the fifth to take their first lead of the game, one they would not relinquish the rest of the night.
Leading 4-3 going into the seventh inning, the Bucks had an opportunity to take an even bigger lead and began to put the game out of reach. With one out and runners on first and second, John Siciliano came up to the plate. The right fielder made contact on the first pitch he saw, reaching first on an error and driving in Alex Knicely and Tanner Moyers.
Three more runs came around to score in the frame as the Bucks took their first big lead of the night.
“Just a play that didn’t happen their way, we were able to capitalize on it and then add a couple extra runs after that which made a big difference,” Cofer said. “Our guys did a good job, pitched well when we needed to, scored runs when we had opportunities to.”
The final score looks like a blowout, but there were times when Bridgewater made the game tight. With a runner on first and no outs in the sixth, Grey Sherfey reached first after Drew Easter dropped a fly ball in left field. Corbin Lucas later reached on a walk as the Reds threatened to cut the lead, but all three runners were left on base as Daniel Heatwole grounded into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
Despite both teams knocking in more than 10 hits, Bridgewater made some key mistakes that would prove costly. The Reds left 15 runners on base in Tuesday’s game, including five innings in which multiple runners were left stranded.
Bridgewater pitchers hit five batters and walked eight, giving the Bucks 13 free baserunners. In comparison, Clover Hill only walked five batters on the night.
Starter Corey Armentrout lasted six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and striking out five. Waring Garber, Jesse Showalter and Eric Yankey each tossed one inning, combining to allow three runs on three hits and strike out three batters.
Eight Clover Hill batters came around to score in the game, including three who scored multiple runs. Bucks third baseman Luke Shifflett finished the night 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Siciliano drove in three runs on the night, going 1-for-5 at the plate with two runs.
With the win, the Bucks improve to 10-3 on the season while Bridgewater drops to 7-3. Clover Hill’s next matchup comes tonight as the Bucks host Elkton at Buck Bowman Park.
Bridgewater has a few days off before the Reds head to Broadway on Friday to face the Bruins in a Western Division matchup.