Bravesâ€™ bats destroy Blackford in home opener, 22-1
STRETCHING THE LEADâ€” Adam Weaver takes his lead off of second base during the Bravesâ€™ win over Blackford on Thursday night. Bellmont did a little stretching on the scoreboard as well snatching a 22-1 victory over the Bruins in five innings. (Photo by Kalvin Fiechter)
Bellmont played its first four games away from home but Thursday night lit up the Teepee with a shellacking of Blackford, 22-1 in five innings.
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The Bruins' lone run came in the top of the first after Mason Shinabery struck out the first two batters of the game. With two outs, starting pitcher Chandler Piercy stroked a double off the fence in left, then was hit in by Scott Dodd for the 1-0 lead.
Coach Ben Fawbush knew to watch for Piercy and Dodd before the game. "On the scouting report those were the two we had to worry about but they really didn't do much else past those two."
Then the Braves came to bat.
The first inning should have been enough of an omen of things to come for fans in the stands as Josh Brune drew a walk, then Adam Weaver reached first base on an error after putting down a sacrifice bunt that the first baseman dropped.
Brune was scored on a groundout by Baker and Weaver trotted home when the catcher's throw to third went into the outfield for another run. Things went from bad to worse as Mason Shinabery reached first after another error that went between the legs of the second baseman.
Parker Zeser and Sawyer Boyd earned back to back walks and Ryan Okoniewski's single loaded the bases. Jake Hall, one of just two Bellmont batters not to draw a walk or get hit by a pitch in the game, singled in a pair and the Braves led 5-1.
Bellmont would earn three more in the second as Piercy walked Weaver and Baker to start the frame. Shinabery singled in Weaver, then Zeser scored Baker on a squeeze bunt before three straight walks gave Tyler Fenwick an unconventional RBI and the Braves an 8-1 lead after two.
In the third, relief pitcher Hunter Tobey fared no better as the Braves began the hit parade that produced 10 runs on 10 hits with 16 batters coming to the plate in the inning.
"It was boring but at the same time I was glad to see us hit the ball well," noted Fawbush. "You don't want to rub it in and we stopped stealing bases there after awhile."
Four hits in a row started the inning with Baker doubling as the second batter before Boyd was plunked prompting another pitching change. Dan Strickland came on to pitch for the Bruins but Okoniewski doubled as the first batter he faced for another RBI.