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By Leyton Pullin
Broadway would draw first blood right away in the top of the 1st as Trevor Thomas would rwach on an error by Jacob Merica and would score on a Devon Neal RBI single to the right field gap making the score 1-0 Broadway.
Grottoes would try and respond in the bottom of the 2nd and get some run support for starter Tyler Pullin but would end up leaving Merica and Jacob Zoller stranded at second and third.
Broadway would strike again in the top of the 3rd after drawing back-to-back walks to start the inning Trent Abernathy would score on a Jett Shue RBI single to make it 2-0.
The Bruins scored another on a balk call against Pullin to stretch the lead to 3-0 before a Caleb Taylor sacrifice fly to score Shue and get on top 4-0 in the fourth.
The Cardinals got one of their own on the board after Dylan Nicely hit what looked to be a routine sinlge to center that rolled past Abernathy allowing him to reach third. He would score on a sacrifice to shrink the lead to 4-1.
Nicely came up big again in the 5th with an infield hit that would score both Boogie Saunders and Clayton Micheal to bring the Cardinals to within a run at 4-3.
Ty Lam would toss three good innings of relief on the mound silencing the Broadway bats before he got an explosion from his own offense in the bottom of the 7th. Ben Custer and Boogie Saunders would open the inning on back-to-back singles to put two runners on before Clayton Micheal went yard with a 3-Run homerun to put the Cardinals in front 6-4. They offense wasn’t done yet as the next batter Keegan Woolford would hit a solo homerun to extend the Grottoes lead to 7-4 headed to the 8th.
Just when Grottoes believed to have all the momentum is when it would flip on a dime. Ty Lam would begin to miss his spots on the mound and Broadway would capitalize putting up 5 runs in the 8th inning including the go-ahead RBI single by Neal to score Taylor stretching the lead to 9-7.
The Cardinals bats would go silent as Trevor Thomas would go to the mound for Broadway and tossed two great innings to close out the game only allowing one base runner via the walk to Merica.
Broadway would put four more runs up in the top of the 9th to extend their lead to 13-7 which would be the final.
After being in line for the win at one point Ty Lam gets credit for the loss (0-1) and Trevor Thomas (1-0) would pick up the win after his team took the lead while he was on the bump.
After the first weekend both teams will have some time off as Grottoes (0-2) will not play again until Friday June 11 as they travel to the Clover Dome to take on the Clover Hill Bucks (2-0). Broadway (2-0) will not be in action again until Saturday June 12 as they will travel for the third consecutive game to open the year for a road date with the Elkton Blue Sox (0-2) at 7:30 PM.
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