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By Mitchell Broughton
For the past couple weeks the RCBL has taken notice of the Broadway Bruins. A team that is currently on a six game win streak, going 9-1 in their last ten games, and are atop of the league standings sitting at 14-4 overall after last night’s 13-8 revenge victory over the Bridgewater Reds. This is a completely different Broadway team than the ones in recent years. The mixture of veterans, rookies, swagger, composure and all-around excellence has made them the target for the seven other teams in this league.
Yesterday they did what they always do, explode on the offensive side. In the top of the fourth inning it was shortstop Tyler Ault who opened up the scoring for the Bruins with a three-run home run that carried far over the left field fence at Ruritan Park. That was Ault’s first home run of the season and it was a big one, he finished the game with two hits, three RBIs, and three runs scored. Two batters later, none other than Chase DeLauter hit another home run — a solo shot that vanished into the corn crop behind center field, his tenth of the season. DeLauter homered again in the seventh, this time a two-run shot. He has now hit seven home runs in the last seven games. DeLauter finished the game with three hits, four RBIs, and three runs scored himself. His league-best batting average on the season has improved to .548 and he still leads the RCBL in hits (34), home runs (11), RBIs (35), and extra base hits (23).
Other Bruins with big offensive performances last night were Natty Solomon and Cole Holsinger. Solomon finished the game with two hits and three RBIs while Holsinger hit his first home run of the season as well in the top of the fifth. As a team they totaled 12 hits, four of those being homers.
Bridgewater kept the game close towards the end. The Reds, down 12-2 heading to the bottom of the seventh, rallied off five hits in a row to score three runs and keep the game alive. Designated hitter George Laase was the star for the Reds, ending the night with three hits (one of them being a three-run home run in the bottom of the night) and four RBIs. Grey Sherfey also hit his first home run of the season in the bottom of the second inning to open up the scoring.
Broadway improves to 14-4 and Bridgewater falls back to 9-8 on the season. Both teams will play each other again tonight in a rubber match back at Ruritan Park. Bridgewater won the first meeting between these two 10-4 back on July 15.
FINAL: Broadway 13 Bridgewater 8. Win: Brett Whiteman (3-1). Loss: Hunter Mohr (1-1).
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