Bridge Athletics: Game Recaps

Wednesday, July 22
Bridge continues to struggle against CLF, lost 27-11
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Whats Next:  PLAYOFFS!!! Bridge will host Gateway in the semi-finals Monday and Tuesday night at YMCA field 1. Bridge and gateway split the season series 1-1, but Bridge holds a slight edge in run differential with a +2. Gateway is entering the playoffs on a high note, by winning their last 2 games and non bigger than downing Hibernia to clinch a playoff spot. Bridge on the other hand is continue it stretch of entering the playoffs by losing the last game of the season. The last 2 times Bridge made the playoffs they lost at least the last game of the season and then went on to get swept out of the playoffs.. Lets hope they can break that recent history and take game 1 of the series to get back in the playoff win column. Historyically Bridge is 4-4 in playoff games and has 1 title under thier belts.



Monday, July 13
6 HR's lift Bridge over Hopewell, 24-15

Even with a playoff spot already clinched, Bridge was very motivated to beat Hopewell. They carried a perfect record of 10-0 against them lifetime and did'nt want to see this streak broken. Bridge came out strong by busting out 8 runs in the first inning and they thought they were going to cruise right through the game. Hopewell had different plans and responded back by scoring 10 of thier own in the first inning. After that it turned into a dog fight for the next 5 innings. Both teams buckled down and limited the scoring to a minimum. It was a 1 run game going into the 6th inning when Bridge started to pull away by using the power of the long ball.  

 

A sign of relief: In the last two games Bob Hulett was called out for a relief appearance and he may have found his new calling. Typically Bob is a started, but he was tasked with roaming the outfield to start the game, but was needed to give a different look to slow down the hitters. He did exactly that vs. Hopewell. They were all over the start by stiking for 14 runs over 3 innings, but Bob shut them down by only allowing 5 hits and 1 more run to cross the plate.  

Sound Smart with your friends: Bridge absolutely loves to face Hopewell as they improved to 11-0 lifetime against them. They alwasy put up big numbers and have their highest totals vs. any team for in most of all the hitting categories. The big numbers in this game led to a few players reaching some milestones in their career. With Bobby White's second HR of the game, it marked his 35th of alltime which is 2nd place on the career charts. Bob Hulett had two doubles on the night and that marked his 20th of his career. Dave Lanzone got his 75 career hit and Dave Engler smacked his 50th career hit. Finally, the big man in the lineup, Bryan Lester, smacked his 55 home run and got his 150 run scored. Bryan 3 HR performance was his second of the season and 5th time in his career. 

Whats Next:  Bridge will finish off the regular season at Manor field wednesday night vs a playoff bubble team Calvary Fellowship. Calvary is on the edge of making it into the playoffs and needs a victory to secure thier spot or some help from the other playoff bubble teams. In fact, if Calvary wins they will finish in 4th place and be up against Bridge in the first round of the playoffs. Historically, Bridge has always had competetive games against Calvary, but Bridge holds a slight edge with a record of 5-4. However, Calvary has been very tough on Bridge this year by beating them midseason (that snapped a 6 game winning streak) and limiting them to their lowest runs scored this season. Bridge will need to bring their 'A' game to finish the season strong and potentially knock out a solid competetior.



Friday, July 10
Bridge Clinches Playoff Spot, Downs Gateway 17-9
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Whats Next:  Bridge will be once again at Manor field



Thursday, July 2
Revenge is Sweet, Hibernia downs Bridge 19-8

Hibernia did'nt waste anytime extracting its revenge from the early season loss to Bridge. Hibernia busted out 18 runs in the first 3 innings and didnt look back at all. 

 

 

Sound Smart with your Friends: Bryan Lester joined an exclusive club Thursday night when he got his third hit of the game. It marked his 100 single of his career and he joins only Jay Lusby to reach that feat. - Bobby White has hit safely in his last 13 at bats. That is the longest streak this season and second longest in Bridge history.

Whats Next:  Bridge will stay put at Manor to face Gateway on Friday 7/10. If you remember, Bridge opened up the season by dropping their first game to Gateway. They will look to extract some revenge of their own and attempt to clinch a playoff spot with a win. Bridge struggled to get the defense locked down in their first matchup, but have greatly improved as the season continued. Bridge is 2-0 following a loss and they will look to bounce back and get back in the win column.



Monday, June 22
Bridge powers past Brandywine Grace, 18-10

For the second time this year, Bridge took on Brandywine Grace 1 and they knew it was going to be a tough matchup. Bridge narrowly escpaded the first matchup with a 2 run victory, so they knew they would need to make some adjustments in order to get by. Throughout the game they made the necessary adjusments and came out on top with an 18-10 victory. Brandywine Grace was so close to making the game closer, but Bridge continually made the defensive plays necassary to keep them of the board. Bridge also kept up its current blazing offenisve game with 24 hits, 13 of which were for extrabases. Every player got on base and 8 out of 10 had multiple hit performances. Bridge most likely will see them again this season and they know they will need to bring their 'A' game again.

Back, Back, Back... It's outa here: Bridge's power was on display as the team went off for 7 home runs.  This ties the highest total of the season when Bridge also hit 7 vs. Hibernia. It is very rare that Bridge hits 6+ HR in a game and in has only been done five times over the history of Bridge. In the second inning, Bridge hit 3 HR's and that has not been done 2010. Doug, Mahlon, and Bobby all went that inning to give Bridge a commanding lead. The other HR's came when Bryan went deep in the 1st and 5th inning, Bobby homered in the 2nd and 4th inning, and Doug crushed one in the 2nd and 5th inning.

ESPN Top Plays: The defense of Bridge was putting on a clinic Monday night and made some of the most fantastic plays of the year. The number one play of the game and arguably the best catch of the season is when Josh Booz (no suprise there) raced back and with his numbers showing to everyone, he made a diving catch to save 2 runs. It was spectacular catch and one that is sure to go down as the best of the year. Bryan Lester also made a fantastic play at third when he snared a hard one hopper, raced to third, and made a perfect throw to turn the double play. Finally, Bobby made a great heads up play on a sinking line drive out to double off the man at first that creeped too far off on the crack of the bat.

No more DL for me: In his first game back since Jay went down with an injury, he rocked the house on the mound. He went 7 strong innings allowing 10 runs (5 earned) while only walking 1 batter. He mixed his locations great and started off 26 out of his 39 batters with strikes. It is great to get ahead in the count early as it forced the hitters to swing more. The outfielders were kept busy as 15 outs came via a flyball. Jay had a scare in the 5th inning when a ball got hit up the middle and connected with his bad ankle. Thankfully, Jay said his brace took the brunt of the hit and his ankle was strong the next day. It is great to have him back and we can't wait for him to be healthy again to start swinging the bat.

Sound Smart with your friends: When bobby hit his second HR of the night, it marked his 125 career runs scored. He is currently in 2nd place alltime. - With his 2 HR perfomrance, Bryan now has 50 HR for his career and with 8 HR already this season it marks his second highest single season total. 

Whats Next:  Bridge will be once again at Manor field Thursday July 2nd to take on Hibernia. This will be the 2nd matchup of the season and Bridge put on thier best display the last time they met and won 31-11. Hibernia is a strong team and they will look to get some revenge and bounce back from thier last showing. Historically Bridge is 6-3 lifetime agasint Hibernia, but Hibernia has 2 wins out of the last three matches. Hibernia will have a tough task ahead of them, Bridge has been very tough to beat at Manor field as they are 3-0 scoring an average of 23 runs per game.



Wednesday, June 10
Bridge offense bounces back, dominates Hopewell, 21-6
With the longest break of the season looming, Bridge needed a huge bounceback game after thier narrow loss vs Calvar Fellowship. They got exactly that and more on wednesday vs. Hopewell. They came out swinging and scored crooked numbers in every inning. Boy oh Boy! Bridge loves to hit vs. Hopewell as thier active team has a lifetime average of .652 (highest average vs. any team with 5 or more games played). They were not particular sharp in the field as they had a couple defensive miscues, but they still were able to limit the damage to only 6 runs (1 earned).

Power Outage: It took 9 games for this to happen, but this marked the 1st game this season where Bridge did not strike for a HR. They had 10 extra base hit though, and two of them at most fields would have gone out. They mainly got things done with singles. They had 28 of them and Bridge was very smart on the base paths. They would continually taking extra bases a hit and tagging up on the outs. The only hiccup was when bobby got thrown out at the plate AGAIN. Even without a HR, Bridge was still able to score thier second highest run total on the season.

It is as simple as playing catch: The Bridge infield forgot the most fundamental aspect of defense - throw and a catch. The shortstop bobby and first basebman Dave had a whole lot of trouble playing catch on wednesday night that led to a handful of runs. If it were not for thier miscues, the game would have ended a lot sooner. Bobby had a hard time hitting is target and Dave had a whole in his glove on a few throws. This was not a typical game for these players and they will be sure to spend a few more minutes warming up before a game and practice. 

Sound Smart with your friends: Bryan Lester loves hitting at Fairview field as he is a career .771 at that park. He didnt dissapoint, as he went4-5 with 4 RBI. The last RBI marked the 175 of his career (which is a all time team high). One aspect that is amazing about his 175 RBI's is that he has done it on his 182 career hits. Everytime he gets up, he is driving in a run. Not only does Bryan enjoy hitting there, Bridge as a whole continues to be dominate when it steps beyond the cemetary grounds. Bridge is a lifetime 11-1 at fairview and an astouding 10-0 vs Hopewell.

Whats Next:  Bridge will be taking on the red hot Brandywine Grace 2 on monday night (6/22) at Manor field. This will be the 2nd matchup of the year for these two teams and Brandywine has been on a tear since the last meeting. Bridge came away with a 2 run victory the last time they faced and it took an amazing defensive effort to keep that narrow lead and come away with the W.  Bridge will enjoy playing the game at Manor as they historically have great success at that field. They are a lifetime 18-10 with a plus 55 in run differential. Both teams have some heavy hitters and it will be a challenge to keep either team in the park.



Monday, June 8
Offense goes quiet, Calvary Fellowship takes down Bridge 10-8
Mother Nature couldn't even stop this game, but it sure gave a good effort when it turned the lights out. Thankfully the lights came on enough to finish out the contest, but sadly the lights were not able to come on in the Bridge offensive lineup. They got a good enough amount ofmen on base, but could only manage to get 8 runs accross (which marks their lowest total of the season). Bridge seems to always have trouble scoring runs at YMCA 2 as their last game at that field they could only muster 5 runs vs. Morgantown in 2014.

We will see you again: Neither team played bad, but neither team played overally great. It was a tight matchup that could have went either way if a few plays went differently. These two teams meet again for the final game of the season and it may be a potential matchup of the 2015 finals.

Flashing the Leather: Throughout the night, both sides made some fantasitc defensive plays to save runs and keep their team in the game. Calvary's left feild made a couple of great plays when he traveled some long distances to record the out. He took away atleast 2 extra base hits from Bridge. The right fielder also pinched in to make a fantastic diving catch to rob Bridge of a big inning. Calvary was not the only ones bringing the defense, Josh Booz once again makes the full extension diving catch look easy. He continues to have a fantastic season with his glove and is surely on his way to a gold glove in his rookie campaign.

What did the Ump say: The umpire on monday was not the greatest and made some bad calls that cost both teams some runs. Apparently this is normal for this umpire, but is never fun to see an umpire change a course of a game by the calls he makes. His calls were not the only problem for this ump, his non calls were an issue. In each inning, both pitchers were getting frustrated by the umpire just standing there and not calling a result on the pitch. The ball would land and he would just stare at the pitcher. They would continually ask "was that a ball or a strike", the umpire seemed to get offended each time. I dont care what the result is, but atleast let the players know what you call. Frustrating dealing with bad umpires.

Sound Smart with your friends: Even though the offense had an off game, there were a few milestone made on Mondsay night. Bobby White and Bob Hulett both hit their 75 single of their career. Bobby also hit his 30 HR of his career. Finally, Doug lester hit a few monster bombs on Monday night. 1 went fair, 1 went barely foul. The HR shot was a blast and marked his 8th on the season. This HR also tied him for 3rd place all time in a single season. He is sure to move up the charts with the way he has been hitting.

Whats Next:  Bridge will take on Hopewell in a makeup game on Wednesday night. Even though Bridge prefers not to drive out to the far fields, they will once again be at Fairview where they will carry in a 9-1 record. They will also look to continue their success against Hopewell as they are currently undefeated against them holding a 9-0 record with a run differential of +71 (the most vs. any team). Many players love facing Hopewell pitching as Bryan Lester, Dave Lanzone, and Bobby White all are batting over .700 vs. them.



Sunday, May 31
An RBI single caps Bridge's comeback versus Freedom Life, 19-18
In one of the most anticpated rematches of the season, Freedom Life and Bridge did not dissapoint. A big crowd and great showing by both teams sparked one of the most exciting games of the season. Bridge came away with the victory on a walk off single by Bryan Lester in the 7th inning. That was the only lead Bridge would have in the game and the only one that was required. FLCC put out a great effort that was drastically differnent than the second game of the season. They scored more runs in the first inning then they did all last game agasint Bridge.

The Turtle and the Hare: Just like that race, Freedom Life got off to a fast start by scoring 13 runs in the first inning, but was not able to produce that much as the game went on. Bridge took a slow but steady approach and scored croocked numbers in 5 of the 7 innings. Bridge once again showed great resiliance and did not get down after the slow start. They continued to battle and respond at every point they could. This is the ability that is so hard to create, but once you have that mentality you can run with it.

A Shot for the Ages: Doug Lester was at it again. Doug launched a MONSTER home run that landed a few feet away from the other fields pitching mound. This is the longest of the season by any player and arguably one of the longest in the history of Bridge. Doug has homered in every game this season and has 7 overall which leads the team. He now has 25 career HR's, which leaves him only 4 behind the 2nd place spot.

Missed Opportunities: This game could have went in many different directions if it were not for the missed opportunites by FLCC.  They came out red hot scoring 13 runs in the first inning. However, after that point they would only score 5 runs in the remaining 6 innings. They had plenty of baserunners, but were not able to punch many of them home. After the 1st inning, FLCC would only go 1-13 with RISP and did not have any 2 out RBI. On the other side of the field, Bridge did not miss many of their chances. After the first inning, Bridge went 12-16 with RISP and had 8  2out RBI.  Good defense by both teams limited the damage and did not give many extra outs. 

Sound Smart with your friends: - Bridge finished the month of May going 6-0 and outscored opponets 119-65 runs. This was the best month in the history of Bridge. - Overall in May the team batted a combined .593 with 22 HR's, 16 Triples, and 27 Doubles. In one month, those extra base equal more than either the enitre 2013 and 2014 season totals. Bridge will look to continue this strong play into June and the rest of the season. - With Bobby White'e double, it was his 40th  and 150 RBI of his career, which is good for 2nd place alltime. - Mahlon Beiler recored his 50th run scored of his career.

Whats Next:  After the rain washed away monday nights game vs. Hopewell, Bridge next contest will come against Calvary Fellowship on Mondsay June 8th at YMCA 2. This will be the first matchup up on the year for these two teams and they both are coming in red hot and sit in the top two spots in the division. The last time these two teams met was June 3rd, 2013 and Calvary easily beat Bridge 17-7. Lifetime, Bridge holds a narrow lead in the series by going 5-3, but outscoring Calvary in those games 131-84. The downside for Bridge is they will be playing at YMCA 2, which they have gone 7-9 lifetime (their worst and only losing recored at any field). This should be a good test for both teams as they battle for the top spot in the division and make a statement to the other teams.



Wednesday, May 27
In a back and forth game, Bridge edges Brandywine Grace 1, 19-15
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Extra Extra, Read All About it: Bridge went off with extra base hits vs. Brandywine Grace. Out of their 25 hits, 13 were for extra bases. 5 Home runs, 2 Triples (yes, 1 rare one by Dave Engler, his third of his career), and 6 doubles. Bridge needed everyone one of those big hits as Brandywine Grace was producing a ton of extra's as well. They hit 4 HR's and two of those were big grandslams.

The Odd Couple: In what looked like it came out of a scene from the Odd Couple, the battery tandum of Bob and Dave were going back and forth all game. It started off as playful chatting, but by the fourth inning it started to get comical. At one point Dave says "do you want me to pitch?" These two talk a lot and can push each others buttons so quickly, but in the end they get the job done.

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Whats Next:   Bridge will put its 5 game win streak to the test when they take on Freedom Life Sunday afternoon (3:30pm) at Parkesburg field.This will be the first day game for these two teams and if the rain holds off it should be a good crowd and atmosphere at the field. Bridge is 1 - 0 on the season vs. Freedom Life and FLCC is looking for some revenge after Bridge dominated in their first meeting with a 16-1 win. Bridge is 2-1 lifetime vs FLCC and they are always the funniest games of the season.



Wednesday, May 20
With a great Comeback, Bridge downs Brandywine Grace 2, 14-12

In a solid matchup between two good teams the outcome could have went either way. When it was all said and done though Bridge came away with a 14-12 victory. Bridge was down since the 2nd inning and didnt get the lead back until the 6th. With a 2 run lead and 2 innings to play, there was no room for error. Bridge was able to buckle down to only allow 2 out of the last 12 batters to reach base. Both team had their chances throughout the game and it was coming down to who would blink first. Bridge defense would throw up a zero, then Brandywine would follow suit. Bridge would score a few, then Brandywine would respone with a few. Bridge defense would make a great play, then Brandywine would match it with one of there own. It was a fantastic game to be apart of and both team will look forward to the rematch and possibly meet again in the playoffs.

Deja Vue: Monday night was a greaty showing by Bryan Lester, but Doug Lester refuses to let his dad show him up or get to far ahead on the record board. Doug tied the 2nd place single game record with 8RBI's on two MONSTER HR and a triple. Doug was simply on fire. His first home run came in the first inning. It was bases loaded with no one out and he launched one to left center field for his second Grand Slam of the season. Doug followed that up in his second at bat with an even further HR that was easily the longest hit of the season. Doug has now homered and tripled in four straight games. WOW!!!

Go For the Gold: The outfield was a huge asset Wednesday night as 15 out of the 21 outs were in the air. Josh Booz stood out amoung the group by making 3 unbelievable high light reel plays. Josh robbed Brandywine Grace of 3 extra base hits by coming in and making full extension diving catches. No one else had a chance to come close to catching these hits and if Josh was not in the game,I don't think anyone else could have even made that play. These plays crushed the momentum of Brandywine and gave huge confidence for Bridge to make the comeback. Josh is making a huge claim to take home the Gold Glove in his rookie campaign and he makes it look so easy.

That new Ball has some pop: Both teams were crushing the new ASA approved ball on wednesday night. Both team hit 3 home runs on the night and they were all no doubters. The ball was carring and it altered the defensive positioning for both teams as the game went out. The outfielders were forced to play extra deep to cut down the deep ball and it paid dividends as there were a lot of deep flyouts.  

Sound Smart with your friends: - There were a lot of milestons hit on wednesday night for Bridge. With 3 triples on the night it brought the team total to 15 which is tied for the most all time in a single season. Bobby White hit his 4 and 5th triple on the season which moves him into first place for a single season and most triples in a career total with 15.  Doug Lester also hit a triple which ties him for second place on the single season record with 4 (10th of his career) - With Bob Hulett's single in the 5th inning it marked his 100th career hit. Bob is 4th all time for most career Hits.  

Whats Next:   Bridge will travel back to Fairview field on wednesday night 5/28/15 and take on Brandywine Grace 1. Bridge is 1-0 this season agasint Brandywine Grace 1 with a 20-8 victory on May 11th. The game was close for the first half of the game, but riding a big 4th inning Bridge pulled away. Bridge will look to keep up its consistent play and extend thier 4 game winning streak. Overall Bridge has had great success when playing at Fairview with a record of 9-1 and a run differential of +91. That is pretty impressive for a team that always hates to make the drive to that field. With those numbers, you think we would ask to play every game there.



Monday, May 18
Bridge Dominates Hibernia, 31-11
It was one of the most anticpated matchups of the season for Bridge and they were itching to get on the field. Last season Hibernia put a beat down on Bridge by beating them 19-4, and Bridge was looking for a chance for payback and revenge. They got that and more Monday night as they rolled over Hibernia in a 31-11 route. Everyone got on base multiple time, everyone got an extra base hit, everyone scored a run, everyone got an RBI, and everyone had a great time doing it. Bridge knocked 37 hits and 18 of those were for extra bases. The defense was limited with only 9 players, but everyone came up huge and backed each other up.

No Stopping, only Walking: If you can't stop someone then just simply walk him. That was the gameplan of Hibernia after Bryan Lester hit two 3 run homers in his first two at bats. If anyone was on base, they did not want any part of him and so in his next two times he came up they let him take first base.  Then in the 6th inning Bryan came up after Mahlon cleared the bases for him and they finally decided to let him hit again. He did'nt waste anytime and hit his 3rd HR of the game. This is the second time in his career that Bryan hit 3HR in a game and yes that ties his own record. If Doug was behind him, I doubt any team will intentionally walk Bryan going forward.

Flexing the Guns: Bridge got 18 extra base hits Monday and it was a flurry of Home Runs and Doubles. Bryan hit his 3, but he was not the only one crushing the ball. Mahlon Beiler hit 2 shots of his own, Pat Hanratty and Steve O'neal added their line drive shots to the mix.  

Next Man Up: With the normal starting pitcher not available, Jay Lusby stepped up in a big way. Jay pitched 6 solid innings in his first career start and earned his first career Victory. Jay only allowed 11 runs (8 which were earned) and walked 1. He was on point by firing 20 out of 33 batters with first pitch strikes. He mixed up his locations and forced many batters to make adjusted swings. The defense was solid again behind Jay and limited the extra bases to only 3 for Hibernia. Jay seemed like he was at home on the mound and you know he had fun beating a good team in Hibernia.

Sound Smart with your friends: - Bryan tied a career high and team high in a game with 3 HR and had 8 RBI's which is second all time in a single game. Bryan also reached a few milestones in the game when  hit his 44,45, and 46 HR of his career and scored his 125 run of his career (both are team highs) - Bridge scored 31 runs, the highest total of the season and 2nd most all time in a single game. Bridge also scored in every inning, which brings their season total up to 26 out of 27 innings scoring atleast 1 run. - Pat Hanratty and Jeff Miller both hit a milestone of scoring their 25 run for Bridge.

Whats Next:   Bridge will travel out to Fairview field for the first time this season on wednesday night 5/20/15 and take on Brandywine Grace 2. Bridge is riding a 3 game winning streak and will look to feed off its big night vs. Hibernia. and add to the consistency they have been showing over the last few weeks. Overall, Bridge is a lifetime 2-5 against Brandywine Grace, but only have a run differential of -7. That means the games have been close and competetive.



Monday, May 11
Bridge rides a big 4th inning, win 20-8

It started off slow, but it sure ended with a bang. Bridge had a season high in runs, RBI's, triples, plate apprearances. Everyone got a hit, everyone scored a run, and all but one player got an RBI. When it was all said and done Bridge walked away with a 20-8 victory over Brandywine Grace 1. This was the most consistent showing for Bridge at the plate as they were patient and didnt try to over think there at bats. The outfield was a busy place as they recorded 13 outs and John Beiler had a team high with 5. The Bridge defense had great communication and continually backed each otherup. This limited the extra base hits for Brandywine and shorten a lot of their innings.

A Grand ole Game: After 3 innings, Bridge held a slim 3-2 lead that was backed by solid play on both teams. However, Bridge tore it open in the 4th inning when they striked for 9 runs to pull away from Brandywine Grace. The first 10 hitters got on base and the inning was highlighted by Doug Lester monster Grand Slam. It was the first grandslam of the season and the first since Mahlon Beiler did it on May 6th 2014.

Bottoms UP: The 6 through 10 hitters were on point monday night as they combined to go 17-24 with 10 RBi's and 9 runs scored. That is a lot of production from the bottom of the lineup and they helped push the balanced attack all night. Hitting is contagious and Bridge showed it by everyone in the lineup getting on base atleast twice and scoring atleast 1 run.

Sound Smart with your friends: Bobby White's double in the 7th inning was his 150th hit of his career. He is only 11 hits behind the current leader Bryan Lester.  Over 3 games, bridge has scored atleast 1 run in 20 out of the 21 innings. Bridge recoreded 4 triples on the night which brings their season total to 10. We are on pace for a whopping pace of 46 triples. We most likely will not stay at that pace, but we are sure to break the career record of 15 triples in a season.

Whats Next:   Bridge will once again be at Manor field to take on Hibernia on Monday night  5/18/15 @ 6:30pm. Bridge is on a 2 game winning streak and is looking to continue the consistency that has been put on display over thier current win streak. This is the first matchup for these two teams this year and last since May 2014 where Hibenia had a dominating victory 19-4. Overall, Bridge still holds the advantage in the rivalry with a 5-3 since Bridge formed a team in 2010.



Wednesday, May 6
Hot Bats, Solid Defense Lead Bridge over Freedom Life 16-1

 

What a difference a week makes! Bridge responded in a huge way by coming out firing on all cylinders and playing like the team they were predicted to be. Everyone contributed in clutch moments with the bat and everyone came up huge on the defensive side. It marked a stark contrast from last week where the defense looked sloppy and out of place. If Bridge plays like this all season, they will be one tough team to beat.

Defense is the best Offense: It was over when the Bridge pitching and defense combined to only allow 2 out of the last 12 batters to reach base (5 of 20 overall). Starting pitcher Bob Hulett pitched a complete game 4 hitter. He was on fire and made great pitches against a team that knows him very well. He kept the FLCC players off beat by mixing up his locations and followed the scouting report to keep their big hitters off the bases.

The Muscle:The 4 and 5 hitters for Bridge were unstoppable, Doug and Josh went a combined 7-7 with 9 RBI's, 4 Runs scored, and 6 extra base hits. They both have tremendous speed and power, and will be a great tandum to keep your eye's on all year long.

Play of the Game: Freedome Life's biggest threat came in the bottom of the second inning. Bridge was up 7-1 at this point and they were able to get two men on with 2 outs. The freedom Life batter hit a line drive to shallow right field. Mahlon, who was in right center, was playing deep and did not have a chance to make a play, but Josh came out of nowhere in left center to make a full extension diving catch to end any hope of a big inning. This play saved atleast 1 run and could have been more if it dropped in.

Bridge the Gap: We all know that overall Bridge can be a very good clutch team and they showed us why on Wednesday night. Bridge went 10-14 with runners in scoring position and had 10 2-out RBI's on the night. They did not give up any at bats and when they made an out it usually was a productive one that advanced a runner. Bridge has also scored in every inning for two games in row. This is the type of conisistency we hope continues throughout the season.

Sound Smart with your friends: Doug Lester hit his second cycle in his career. This is a rare feat for bridge as this marks only the 4th cycle in it's history and the first it was accomplished since June 2012. Bridge pitching and defense was on point and marked the lowest runs allowed and opponetts batting average in the history of Bridge. Even though this was not the biggest margain of victory for Bridge, it marked one of the most dominate games they have played. Finally, in a believe it or not moment, Mahlon Beiler actually recorded a Walk. Yes, this is the first of his career and I hear he says it will probably never happen again.

Whats Next:   Bridge will travel to Manor field to take on Brandywine Grace 1 on Monday night  5/11/15 @ 6:30pm. Coming off a dominate victory, Bridge will look to carry that momentum as they take on the league champions in what should be a great matchup.



Wednesday, April 29
Errors prove costly as Gateway knocks down Bridge 18-12

Bridge fell 18-12 to Gateway in seven innings on Wednesday at Parkesburg Field despite racking up 22 hits (9 which were for extra bases) and 12 runs. In the first game of the year, Bridge defense looked rusty by allowing 28 total base runners with 8 of those coming off of errors.

Moments That Mattered: It was over after the second inning as Bridge fell behind 13 to 4.   Gateway scored 9 runs off of 3 errors in the second inning. The Gateway offense looked sharped but they were helped throughout the game from Bridge mistakes. Gateway started off 3 different innings off an error and they made Bridge pay for each one. The 3 and 4 hitters for Gateway led the way by going  7 for 10 with 8 RBI's and 5 runs scored. They were the spark plug for this offense and could not be stopped, but everyone pinched in as a team by hitting 16 singles, 3 doubles, and 1 triple

The Lazer Show: The Lester Boys were back at it again as they both hit laser beam Home Runs to add to their legacy. Doug is now 1 HR shy of reaching his next milestone with 20 HRs. Pat Hanratty also added his own shot. This was Pat's first HR ofhis career and it was a no doubter to right center field.

Missed Opportunity: Bridge spread out its attack by scoring atleast 1 run in every inning. The only downside is they had runners on base all night long but went 7-22 with runners in scoring position and left 13 men on base.  Bridge only had 3  2 out RBI's. This is highly unlike Bridge as they usually come out clutch in these opportunities. I feel as the season goes on you will see the 2 out production in crease.

Sound Smart with your friends: With his single in the third inning, Jay Lusby became the first player to reach 100 singles in a career. He also added his 50th RBI in his career.  The 8 errors committed by the Bridge defense since the 2012 season when they committed 6 versus Hopewell. Check out the 3 stars of the week for more updates.

 

Whats Next:   Bridge takes on thier friends at Freedom Life on Wednesday May 6th @ Parkesburg field. Both team are coming off a loss and sit at 0-1 for the season. Come out and support both teams as they look for their first wins.