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HITS COME EASY FOR BRUINS AS THEY WALK OVER WARRIORS

Derek Nelson winds up on the mound in Wednesday's 13-1 victory over the Del Norte Warriors. (The Pilot/Jef Hatch).
Derek Nelson winds up on the mound in Wednesday's 13-1 victory over the Del Norte Warriors. (The Pilot/Jef Hatch).

By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

For the second game in a row, the Bruin baseball team hammered their opposition for 13 runs.

After clobbering the Marshfield Pirates 13-5 Tuesday afternoon, the Bruins (2-0) made the short road trip down to Crescent City Wednesday where they walloped the Del Norte Warriors 13-1 in five innings.

"The kids are feeling good about themselves right now," said Coach Pat Berkowitz. "Our pitching is doing great and everybody is working really well together."

The Bruins started out hot, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning.

Adam Ehlers doubled off of Logan Lesina for the first hit of the game and Anthony Longo followed him onto the bases with a walk.

With runners on first and second, Derek Nelson ripped a single to score Ehlers and then stole second base to give the Bruins runners on second and third with only one out.

Two batters later, Josh Pruden drew a walk to load the bases for Chase Bansemer.

After patiently waiting for the right pitch, Bansemer connected on a 3-2 pitch that knocked in Longo and Nelson.

Bansemer stole second to move into scoring position along with Pruden at third.

John Kennedy also showed resolve as he waited to hammer a two-strike double that scored Pruden and Bansemer to give the Bruins a 5-0 lead.

"We scored four runs with two outs; that's huge," said Berkowitz.

After throwing two innings the night before, Ehlers started Wednesday's game against the Warriors.

Ehlers struck out the first batter he faced, then forced the number two hitter to ground out to shortstop Ryan LaThorpe.

But Ehlers then loaded the bases with a single and a pair of walks, but was able to get out of the jam by striking out Chad Freeman to end the inning.

"Adam didn't have his best stuff," said Berkowitz. "But good pitchers who don't have their best stuff still get the job done."

The Bruins were shut out in the second and third innings, but got back on the board in the fourth.

Nick Taresh led off for the Bruins and reached base on an error by the Warriors.

After stealing second, LaThorpe used a sacrifice bunt to advance Taresh to third.

Once again, with two outs, the Bruins came up big in the clutch and Longo singled in Taresh to give the Bruins a 6-0 lead.

Nelson then stepped up to the plate and roped a double, scoring Longo for his second RBI of the game.

Tyler Parke registered his only hit of the game on a shot down the third base line that scored Nelson and gave the Bruins an 8-0 lead.

The Bruins shut down the Warriors again in the bottom of the fourth and went to work again in the top of the fifth.

Kennedy led off with a single to right and then advanced to second on a wild pitch.

Pinch hitter Josh Howe drew a walk and then Ehlers ripped a double to right center field, scoring Kennedy and LaThorpe (who re-entered for Howe) to extend the Bruin lead to 10-0.

During the next at-bat, Ehlers stole third base and then scored on a Longo single.

After a Nelson single put runners on first and third, Parke hit a fly ball that got caught in the wind and lost by the Warrior outfielders, allowing Longo to score from third.

But Nelson was forced out at second base because he had to wait to see if the Warriors would catch the pop fly.

Pruden singled to right and then Bansemer was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Kennedy.

Kennedy, who started off the inning with a single, was also hit by a pitch that scored Parke for the 13-0 lead.

Taresh then popped out to end the inning.

The Warriors scored their lone run of the game in the fifth off of Nelson, who entered the game in the third inning.

The pitchers only gave up three hits on the day while striking out four and walking four.

Once again, the Bruins had several players with multiple-hit games.

Pruden led the Bruins in hits, going 3-for-3 with one walk and one run scored.

Kennedy knocked in three runs for the Bruins, going 2-for-3 from the plate with a double and a walk.

"We try to play fast-paced, high tempo ball," said Berkowitz. "These are good kids, good players who are fun to watch."

The next chance to watch the Bruin baseball team is this Saturday, March 17, in a home doubleheader against Rogue River that starts at noon.

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