Braves blast 2 from Wildcats
Bellmont ripped six home runs, including two each by Gunnar Cale and Brian Hakes, and scored 20 runs on 32 hits in an 11-3, 9-4 twin bill sweep of Whitko Saturday at the BHS field.
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In the opener Cale and Hakes both slugged two-run home runs to right field in the bottom of the sixth. Ben Fullenkamp led off the fifth with a homer over the scoreboard in right field.
Cale went three-for-four with three runs scored and the two RBI. Brandon Voglewede slammed a pair of hits for the Braves. Hakes had three hits and three RBI. Voglewede, Cale, DJ Wilder and Hakes all doubled.
Stidam fanned 12, walked two and allowed six hits and no earned runs in six innings. Voglewede fanned two in relief. Gensch took the loss, allowing seven earned runs.
Landon Baker socked his fourth homer of the season, lining the ball over the right field fence, scoring Stidam, who had singled. Hakes, Ben Baker, Wilder and Fullenkamp all singled as two more runs scored in the bottom of the first of game two.
Cale led off the BHS second with a blast over the right center field fence. Hakes had his second homer of the day in the sixth, also to right field.
Josh Macklin came on in the second and had a strong showing, facing just 18 batters in five innings while allowing just two hits with walk, one hit batsman and four strikeouts.
The Braves turned in a strong defensive play to nail Eric Nicodemus at the plate in the third inning. Eric doubled and his twin brother Chris slammed a hit to left field. Eric was waved home for Whitko coach Erik Hisner, a Bellmont grad. Left fielder Will Busse fired to cut-off man Brian Hakes, who tossed to catcher Ben Baker, who blocked the plate and tagged out Nicodemus.
Nick Fuelling slammed three hits for Bellmont while Busse, Wilder, and Landon Baker all had two hits. Hakes hammered three hits. Fuelling, Busse and Ben Fullenkamp doubled.
Macklin was the winner while Cale fanned two in relief. Wolfe allowed 14 hits in five innings, with seven earned runs allowed.
Bellmont improved to 9-2 while Whitko slipped to 3-5.
The Braves will be at Homestead on Tuesday and at Heritage Wednesday. The Braves host NHC foe Carroll in a 6:30 p.m. game Thursday.
"All week long we made the boys hit the ball either up the middle or to the right side, and it definitely paid off today," said Fawbush.
"I think 80 percent of our hits either went up the middle or to the right side."