Cats’ tripped up by NEVC, 14-4
The Bronaugh Wildcat baseball team dropped a pair of Golden Valley Vernon County Conference contests this week.
Both home were home games as Bronaugh opened the week Tuesday against the Northeast Vernon County Knights, falling 14-4; and were then derailed Wednesday by the Miami Eagles, 20-8.
Against NEVC, Bronugh trailed 5-1 through two innings of play, and 9-2 entering the home half of the fifth. Holding an 11-4 lead entering the seventh, NEVC tacked on three runs for the final 10-run margin.
For Bronaugh, starting pitcher Max Ellis struck out six over two and one-third innings of work. Relief pitcher Logyn Rainey worked the final four and two-third innings, fanning a pair of batters.
At the dish Bronaugh’s Brad Evans , Chris Rider, and Isaac Weaver collected one hit apiece.
“This was the most complete game that we have played this season,” said Bronaugh head coach Jarred Alexander.
Alexander noted that two-out errors in three consecutive innings led to eight NEVC runs.
“NEVC is a good hitting team,” said Alexander, adding, “when you give them extra outs they can take advantage of it, and that’s just what they did.”
Continued Alexander, “I was especially happy about the effort that we played with tonight. Senior Brad Evans had his best game behind the plate blocking balls, and using his body to stop balls in the dirt — and a lot of guys were getting dirty attempting to get to balls out of their reach, so that is good to see us continue to play hard and battle.
“Freshman Logyn Rainey pitched for the third time this season, and did a really good job of being tough and battling. We are very pleased with his efforts. We needto continue to work hard and keep getting better at throwing strikes and playing defense.”
Summed up Alexander, “We are getting better every game.”
Eagles 20, Cats’ 8
Trailing Wednesday’s contest 4-0 in the first, the Cats’ quickly struck back with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame. Bronaugh then plated two runs in the third , knotting the contest at four-apiece.
The Eagles responded with two runs in the fourth, going back up 6-4, followed by a Bronaugh run in the bottom of the fourth — trimming the Wildcat deficit to a run.
The levee broke for Bronaugh in the fifth, as Miami exploded for a 14-run frame, as the Eagles seized a 20-5 advantage, en route to the GVVC victory.
“We were playing very well until the fifth inning,” explained Alexander. “After a couple of errors were made to start the inning, we were not able to keep it from snowballing, and Miami took advantage and had a big inning.”
For Bronaugh, Evans finished 3-for-3, while Rider and Kyle Harrell chipped in two hits apiece. Despite the fifth inning hiccup, Alexander said he was proud of his squad for the way they competed until the final out, as the Wildcats plated three runs in the bottom of fifth, but were ultimately unable to avoid the run-rule.
“I am proud of the fact that we played hard the whole time,” said Alexander. “Our kids never, ever quit, and always play hard from start to finish.”
The Wildcats wrap their regular-season slate on Monday, with a non-conference road contest against Weableau.