The Braden Robertson Construction Bruisers rolled to a 12-4 win over the Sun Dial Lighting Strikin’ Lightning in first-round Mosquito (11U) baseball playoff action at Lakeview Park.
Jonah Lee had an effective start for the first-place Bruisers but the Lightning pounced on a couple of errors and close plays to jump to a 2-0 lead after half an inning. The Bruisers responded in the bottom half, with Lee and Ryan Cox scoring.
Lee pitched again in the second and allowed two baserunners before striking out two Bolts in a row to end his night. Jordan Herrington struck out one to end the inning.
Up 4-2 after two innings, the Bruisers ran into the live bat and aggressive baserunning of Reid Williamson in the third inning. Williamson hit a laser line-drive down third base for a triple with one out and later scored to make it a one run game. Rylen Steenhoff singled, snuck to second and ended up swiping home for the equalizer.
Cox opened the bottom of the third with a towering blast that landed just short of the centre field wall. Mark Johnson followed with a rocket ground ball to first base that Williamson made a great scoop for the out, but Cox scored on the play to put the Bruisers up for good.
Johnson hit an inside-the-park grand slam on a drive deep to right field in the fourth to give the Bruisers the insurance they needed over the dynamic Lightning lineup.
Lightning pitcher Ryan James struck out three Bruisers in a row in the bottom of the fifth to keep the Lightning in it, but Charlie Swartz struck out three of the four Bolts he faced (walking one) in the sixth for the Bruisers
The Bruisers welcomed back Kobe Smyth, who had missed the last three weeks with a serious injury. Smyth had some great hacks at the plate and scored a run.
The third-place Wayside Blue Mavericks stopped the sixth-place Five Star Awards Jays 5-3 in other first-round play.
The game was dominated by good pitching from both squads. Wyatt Clevery, Jamie Campbell and Kaleb Murray all had multiple strikeouts for the Mavericks. The Jays’ Ben Bradford, Drew Christensen, and Jordie Brown answered back with multiple Ks.
Murray hit a double in the first and Mason Swanson followed with a double in the second for the Mavericks. The Jays responded with Bradford smacking a lead-off double in the fourth.