By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
The Senior Babe Ruth Bruins fell 22-12 in a home run spectacle against Grants Pass on Thursday afternoon.
The two teams combined for five home runs on the day - three by Grants Pass and two by the Bruins.
Grants Pass struck first in the top of the first inning with a run, but the Bruins answered back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
With the bases loaded, Josh Pruden hit a fielder's choice to the shortstop, who got the out at second, but couldn't turn the double play, allowing Tyler Parke, who led off the inning with a walk, to score and tie the game.
In the top of the second, Grants Pass used a pair of two-run homers to propel themselves to a 6-1 lead.
They added another run in the third, but the Bruins battled back with two home run blasts of their own to pull the score to 7-4.
Parke led off the inning with a solo bomb on the first pitch he saw.
After Ryan LaThorpe followed with a single, Derek Nelson hammered a two-run shot over the fence to cut the lead to three.
Another two-run shot by Grants Pass extended their lead to 9-4 in the fourth inning.
The Bruins fought back and tallied three more runs in the bottom frame.
Bobby Hanson led off the inning with a single and scored three batters later on an RBI single by Nelson.
During the next at bat, a pair of wild pitches allowed LaThorpe and Nelson to score and cut the deficit to just two.
But the Bruin defense couldn't hold Grants Pass as they gave up nine runs in the fifth and trailed 18-7.
The Bruins added a lone run in the bottom half of the inning as LaThorpe knocked in his younger brother, Joey, who started the inning with a single.
In the sixth, the Bruins put three more runs on the board with RBI singles by LaThorpe and Nelson and an RBI walk by John Kennedy to pull the score to 18-11.
But once again, the Bruins defense couldn't hold on as they gave up four more runs in the seventh.
The Bruins added a lone run in the seventh as Parke hit a sacrifice fly that scored Patrick Carper for a final score of 22-12.
Ryan LaThorpe, Nelson and Carper each had three hits apiece while Nelson led the Bruins with four RBIs.
Parke, Kennedy, Fred Corpening, Joey LaThorpe and Hanson all had base hits, while Jordan Nelson walked in all three of his plate appearances.
The next games for the Bruins is a home doubleheader against Eureka on Sunday, July 15 at noon.