By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
The Bruin bats came alive in their first game of the year, scoring 10 runs in the first two innings of their 13-5 win over the Marshfield Pirates Tuesday afternoon.
"The kids jumped on 'em right off the bat," said Head Coach Pat Berkowitz. "We made a few mistakes and missed a few calls, but we swung the bat well and it was a good first game."
Right from the get-go, the Bruins battered the Pirate pitching.
Ryan LaThorpe led off the first with a single to the left side, followed by a double by Adam Ehlers.
On the next play, Derek Nelson hit a bullet to the shortstop who bobbled the ball, allowing Nelson to reach base and LaThorpe to score.
But Ehlers got caught off guard as he rounded third and got tagged out for the first out of the inning.
After a walk by Anthony Longo, Tyler Parke stepped up to the plate and roped a three-run homer over the left field fence for a 4-0 Bruin lead.
The next batter, Josh Pruden, stepped up to the plate and hit the first pitch he saw over the fence to extend the Bruin lead to 5-0.
In the second inning, the big bats of the Bruins continued to pound the Pirates.
Nick Morris led off the inning with a hit, but got caught stealing during the next at-bat.
LaThorpe recorded his second hit of the game on a single down the middle and Ehlers reached on a hit by pitch.
Nelson used an infield hit to bring LaThorpe home and a few pitches later, Ehlers scored his first of three runs on a wild pitch.
The next batter, Longo, belted a single down the middle, scoring Nelson and giving the Bruins an 8-0 lead.
With the bases loaded after a hit by Parke and a walk by Pruden, Josh Howe hit a blooper over second that scored Longo.
WIth the bags still full of Bruins, John Kennedy hit a force out to second base that scored Parke and rounded out the Bruin scoring at 10-0.
Parke shutout the Pirates in the first three innings for the Bruins, allowing only one hit and striking out four batters.
The Bruins were able to add one more in third as Pruden knocked in Ehlers for the 11-0 lead.
But the Pirates got their bats going in the fourth inning against Kennedy, scoring three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth, cutting the Bruin lead to 11-5.
The Bruins built their lead in the sixth inning as Morris scored on a ball hit to the left side of the infield by Ehlers.
Two batters later, Ehlers scored on a groundout by Longo to give the Bruins a final score of 13-5.
Ehlers closed out the game for the Bruins, pitching the final two innings and striking out the side in the seventh.
The Bruin pitchers recorded 10 strikeouts and only walked one batter on the afternoon.
Eight Bruins recorded hits on the day with LaThorpe, Nelson, Parke and Pruden each recording two hits apiece
Parke led the Bruins with 3 RBIs, while Longo and Pruden had a pair of RBIs and Ehlers, Nelson, Howe and Kennedy had one apiece.
The next game for the Bruins is today (March 14) at Del Norte at 4:30 p.m. The JV squad will be playing Del Norte at home at 4:30 p.m.