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OSSIAN—Bellmont kept their bats hot as they traveled to Norwell to face off against the #4 ranked team in 3A according to the IHSBCA poll, pulling off the upset, 7-3 on Thursday night.
Bellmont, now 10-3 and on the honorable mention list in the same poll, came into the contest hitting the cover off of the baseball of late.
For five innings it was a pitchers dual for the Braves and Knights between Bellmont senior Phillip Bauman and Norwell's Johan Patten.
The Braves scored first in the third inning when Landon Baker hit a deep double to centerfield followed by an RBI double by Brian Hakes.
The game was broken wide open in the top of the seventh inning when the Braves tacked on six more runs to take a commanding, 7-0 lead.
Norwell took out Patten and brought in Reese Dafforn in the sixth where he set down the Braves one-two-three. The Braves would answer with a huge run of six runs, 5 of which were earned, against the Knight reliever. With 2 outs, Gunnar Cale was hit by a pitch, Baker was walked, and then Brian Hakes hit his second deep double of the game to the left field fence driving in two runs. The next batter, Ben Baker, walked and Nick Fuelling followed that up by reaching on an error by the Knights second baseman scoring one.
That brought up Braves senior second baseman, Matt Stidam, who drove a 1-2 fastball over the right field fence for a three-run jack, his first of the year, giving the braves a 7-0 edge.
“Brian and Landon are on fire as of late and Matt hit the ball hard to help out as well," praised Bellmont coach Ben Fawbush. "I hope we can keep it up next week and win four more!”
Bauman, who had gone six solid innings without trouble, started the bottom of the seventh by allowing a hit, walk, and a long three-run homer by Spencer Newell. Before the game would get too interesting, coach Fawbush immediately pulled Bauman and turned the ball over to his junior, Matt Chronister, who would retire the next three Knight hitters.