Bruins score eight in the second and hold on for a 10-9 victory
Second-ranked Archbishop Spalding nearly overcame a disastrous 8-run second inning by Broadneck, in non-league baseball action Tuesday in Annapolis, but the host Bruins held on for 10-9 victory over the previously undefeated Cavaliers.
Down 3-0 entering the home half of the third, Broadneck loaded the bases with an error and a couple of walks and then quickly jumped in front, 4-3, with back-to-back 2-run doubles by Thomas Coble and Ryan Smolen.
With one down, Broadneck (2-1) stretched the lead to 7-3 after Cameron Urlock reached on a catcher’s interference and Ethan Soto and Dylan Tenney both reached with run-scoring fielder’s choice ground balls that failed to produce an out for the Cavaliers. Later in the frame, with two down, Tenney stole second and scored on thanks to a pair of wild pitches.
The Bruins completed their scoring in the third with Smolen’s second RBI double and Nate Ancona scored while Spalding turned an Urlock grounder into an infield double play.
Spalding’s offense was consistent throughout as the Cavaliers scored in each of the first five innings, with two runs each in the first, third, fourth and fifth, to pull within in on. Four Broadneck pitchers worked in the game with Ryan Stolarczyk working the final three innings.
Stolarcyzk allowed both runs in the fifth, but was able to work out of a jam in the sixth and retire the Cavaliers in order in the seventh to nail down the victory.
Spalding (4-1) was hurt by its usually solid defense which committed five errors in the ball game.
Justin Caesar had a double and three RBI, Cory Blohm had a 2-run double and Alex Green was 1-for-2 with three walks and three runs scored.
Spalding will return home on Wednesday, weather permitting to face No. 11 Archbishop Curley in MIAA A Conference action. Broadneck is off until Saturday when it will host Cambridge-South Dorchester and Curley in its own invitational.
Pictured above: Broadneck’s Ryan Smolen had a pair of RBI doubles to lead the Bruin lineup.