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By Leyton Pullin
The Stuarts Draft Diamond Backs defeated the Bridgewater Reds 13-5 behind 3 homeruns including two by Bob Funk
Stuarts Draft would get the scoring started in the 2nd inning with back-to-back long balls as Bob Funk and Lucas Adam homered with two away in the inning to put the D-Backs on the board 2-0.
Zach Roberts would each on an error to start the 3rd and would come in to score on a Will Hass 2 run home run to stretch the lead to 4-0.
The D-Backs added to their lead in the top of the 4th as Lucas Adam doubled and would advance around the horn to score on back-to-back wild pitches to pad the lead to 5-0.
Bridgewater battled back in the 4th with lead off walk by Noah Cornwell. Cornwell would come around to score on a Jonathan Sexton RBI double to make it a 5-1 ball game.
Stuarts Draft would also practice patience at the plate in the 6th as they turned the lineup over and put up 5 runs all off of one hit as Wyatt Dansey struggled on the mound for the Reds putting on all 5 batters he faced. Stuarts Draft stretched their lead to 10-1.
Stuarts Draft added another in the top of the 7th as Grayson Bush would reach on a walk and then be advanced around to third on a wild pitch. He would score on a sacrifice fly by Cody Bartley to stretch it out to 11-1.
Bridgewater would respond in the bottom of the 7th coming right out of the stretch with a two out rally of their own. Grey Sherfey and Brandon Lambert would walk and then score on a Cornwall 3 run homerun over the scoreboard in right field to make it a 11-4 game. Antonio Sosa followed up with a home run of his own to cut the lead down to 11-5.
The D-Backs struck back in the 8th as Funk went yard again for a 2 run home run to also score Noah Canterbury to make it a 13-5 game and end the scoring.
Stuarts Draft used the long ball to their advantage as it has been a strength of theirs all year long with 3 home runs on the night. Bob funk led the D-Backs offensively with a 2-4 night at the plate with 2 HR and 3 RBI. Trevor Mitchel gets the win for Stuarts Draft after he took over in the 5th inning for Luke Kehoe who went 4.0 IP only allowing 1 run on 3 hits during his outing. Stuarts Draft (3-2) will travel to Broadway for a 6:30 PM date with the Bruins (3-1) on Sunday June 20.
For Bridgewater they too used the long ball to their advantage but also were hurt tremendously by the 5 errors they committed on the night. Chris Huffman (0-1) took the loss despite striking out 9 in his 5 innings of work. The Reds (1-5) will host the New Market Shockers (4-1) winners of four in a row as they come to Ray Heatwole Field at 6:30 PM on Sunday June 20.
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