By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
Late inning heroics by Kenton Bansemer lifted the Bruins over the Marshfield Pirates 5-4 Thursday afternoon, giving the JV Bruins their fourth straight win to start off the season.
Down one run, 4-3, entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the Bruins went to work to salvage their perfect record.
Fred Corpening led off the inning with a bunt single. He then stole second base, his fourth steal of the game, to get into scoring position.
Blake Vaughn then drew a walk, followed by Patrick Carper, who hit a high fly to left field that the outfielder lost in the sun, allowing Carper to reach first and loading the bases for Bansemer.
Bansemer then ripped a shot right down the middle, his third hit of the game, scoring Corpening and Vaughn for the winning runs.
"They kept fighting all night long," said Coach Keith Wallin. "We made some mental mistakes, but the team showed some resiliency. It's good stuff to see from a young team."
The Bruins notched their first run of the game in the second inning as Bansemer scored on a throwing error.
After drawing a walk, Bansemer then stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch.
While sliding into third, the catcher tried to throw out Bansemer, but threw it into left field instead, allowing Bansemer to score.
Bansemer also pitched the first two innings of the game for the Bruins, striking out three while not giving up any hits.
In the third inning, Joey LaThorpe came in to pitch and got the first two outs with ease.
But after registering the first two outs, LaThorpe had trouble with his control, walking two batters and throwing two wild pitches while allowing three runs.
In the bottom of the inning, Corpening was hit by a pitch to reach first and then stole second base.
Vaughn grounded out to first base, advancing Corpening to third and Carper knocked in Corpening as he reached first on an error, cutting the lead to 3-2.
LaThorpe regained his control in the fourth and got out of the inning unharmed, aided by a beautiful throw from catcher Tommy Dairy that caught one of the Pirate base runners stealing second.
"Our pitchers didn't have their best stuff tonight," said Wallin. "But it's nice to see the kids battle up there and keep playing even when things aren't going your way."
The Bruins tied up the ball game with a single run in the fifth via a sacrifice fly by Carper that scored Corpening.
In the top of the sixth, the Pirates regained the lead with a lone run off of Corpening, who started pitching in the fifth.
Corpening shut down the Pirates in the top of the seventh inning, striking out two and setting the stage for the Bruins' seventh inning heroics.
Bansemer and Corpening each went 3-for-3 on the day while Carper, Jordan Nelson and Mark Parmalee registered the other hits for the Bruins.
With the win, the JV Bruins improve to 4-0 on the year.
Their next contest is a doubleheader at home against the Del Norte Warriors today at noon.