Bridge Athletics: Game Recaps

Wednesday, May 27
In a back and orth game, Bridge edges Brandywine Grace 1, 19-15
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Deja Vue: Monday

Go For the Gold: The 

The Odd Couple: Both

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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.