Varsity Baseball · Timely hitting and big defensive plays help the Badgers beat Columbiana 3-2

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Game #2 at Bob Cene Park was a old fashioned pitchers dual.

Jake Brown took the mound for the Badgers and went 5 strong innings surrendering 1 ER on 3 hits and fanned 6 clippers in the outing.

The Badgers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st when Blake Jenkins scored on a passed ball by the Columbiana pitcher.

In the bottom of the 1st they got the 1st 2 batters out and then a single by #12 and a ball hit to Jack Jacobs let to an interesting turn of events. Jacobs miss played a sinking line drive which allowed the runner to score from 1st. The ball was then thrown into center field by Bosse and led to the batter coming all the way around the horn to make it a 2-1 ball game.

For the next 4 innings it was a back and forth pitchers and defensive dual which saw little to no base runners and some very good defensive plays.

In the top of the 6th the bats awoke and the Badgers pushed 2 runs across to retake the lead at 3-2.

Blake Jenkins was hit by a pitch followed by stealing 2nd. Jake Brown then hit a ball down the right field line for a stand up triple and Jenkins scored to tie the game at 2. A line drive caught by the first baseman from the bat of Brian Brent made it 2 outs and a runner at 3rd with Groudle coming to the plate. Chris worked to a 3-0 count and after seeing a great pitch hit a line shot by the 2nd baseman into right field to score Brown from 3rd.

We moved to the bottom of the 6th with the top of the Clipper lineup coming to bat. The lead off batter beat out a ball hit to Chris Groudle on a bang bang play and the next 2 batters reached on hit by pitches. Next pitch was a ground ball to Jake Brown who got the force at home to keep the bases loaded with 1 out. Then the play of the game happened. A fly ball was hit down the left field line and Max Janssen caught a fly ball and threw a one hop no doubter to Bosse to cut the runner off by a few steps to end the inning with another old fashioned 7-2 double play. It was the 2nd runner thrown out by the Badger outfield on the day.

The Badgers moved to 6-4 with the 2 wins today and will travel to Harvey on Monday.