Bridge Athletics: 3 Stars of the Week

Week 4
1st Star - The Lester boys were at it again this week. Both Bryan and Doug both huge games this week that tied 2nd place for RBI's in a single game with 8 at piece. Monday night Bryan went off with 3 HR's (ties his own single game team record) and 8 RBI's. On Wednesday, Doug followed his dad's performance with 2 HR's and 8RBI. This family competetion is great for the team and Doug vows to break the all time single season record for HRs.

2nd Star - Mahlon Beiler was on fire this week. Mahlon went 8-10 over the two games with 3 HR's, 7 RBI's, and 7 Runs scored. Mahlon reached a milestone this week when he hit a HR against Brandywine Grace on Wednesday. This brings his career total to 10 and moves him into 4th place for career HR's. This week he has come up with many clutch hits and played exceptional defense. Mahlon has been a huge catalyst for Bridge early success because he is always getting on for the big hitters to drive him home.

3rd Star - Jay Lusby is on a fantastic pace for breaking a few single season records this week.  Jay is on pace to break the recored for singles and run scored in a season. Overall, Jay went 7-10 with 7 runs scored. Like Mahlon, Jay has been on base a lot for our big hitters to drive in and his consistency at the plate shows why has a batting title under his belt. Not only was Jay hitting the ball around the field, he has also won back to back games on the mound this week. Jay had his first two career appearances on the mound and won them both. He threw a ton of strikes and was always keeping ahead of the hitters. Jay has shown signs that he will be ready to dominate when his name is called.

Week 3
1st Star - Doug Lester continues to shine this season. He was once again 1 hit away from hitting for the cycle. He went 3-5 with 5 RBI's, 2 runs scored, and 2 more extra base hits.Doug was in the middle of all the action for Bridge, as in the big 4th inning Doug hit a monster Grandslam that gave Bridge a lot of breathing room. Doug also hit a triple which makes him already 1 triple away from tying a single season record (and he has 11 games to do it in). Doug has been a rock this season and is continually providing a huge spark for this lineup.

2nd Star - Steve O'neal was an on-base machine last night. He went 5 for 5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBi's. He had 4 singles on the night and hit his first triple of the season. Not bad for a guy who was playing under the weather.

3rd Star - John Beiler was doing everything last night. He played exceptional defense and made a fantastic sliding catch to save a run in the third inning. They hit a ton his way, but he was ready for the challenge. John also was a triple from hitting for the cycle. He went 3-5 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBi's on the night. John has above average speed and that was on display when his line drive down the left field line made it past the left fielder, he scampered around before the cut off man even had the ball. This was John's first game with Bridge since the 2012 season. It was good to have him back out there patrolling the outfield with his brother.

Week 2

1st Star - Doug Lester followed up his stellar week 1 performance with an even better one in week 2. On Wednesday night versus Freedom Life, Doug hit for the cycle (second time in his career 6/17/10 vs. providence). He hit a 2 run homer in the first inning, an rbi single in the second, 2 run triple in the fourth, and legged out a rbi double in the 5th. He missed out on the cycle in week one and there was nothing that was going to stop him from pushing for that double in his last at bat.  With his first inning HR, Doug now has 20 career HR's for his career. Also, another crazy stat for Doug, for every hit he gets 26.32% of the time it is a HR (talk about Power). Doug is on pace for an record breaking season and continues to be a spark plug in the Bridge lineup.

2nd Star - Have you every seen a shut out in softball? Well, Bob Hulett was lights out on the mound Wednesday night and almost accomplished that feat. Backed by solid defense, Bob only allowed 4 hits and 1 run on the night. He was pounding the strike zone early in the counts by starting off 13 out of the 20 batters with first pitch strikes. It forced the Freedom Life batters to swing early and enable him to expand the strike zone. Not only did Bob pitch a great game, he also added all the offense he would need by going 2-2 with 3 RBi's and 1 run scored.

3rd Star - Josh Booz is starting his career with Bridge with a bang. He added 3 more extra base hits on Wednesday night and made some great catches in left field. In the bottom of the second with two men on, a FLCC batter hit a sinking line drive to shallow center field. Josh came in blazing to make a full extension diving catch to save the runs. Josh is on pace to have a monster season and possible break the season record for doubles. He finished the night going 3-3 with 2 doubles and a triple. 3 RBI and 3 Runs scored.

Week 1 - 2015

1st StarDoug Lester was on fire wednesday night as he went 3 for 3 and all were extra base hits. He had one Double, Triple, and Home Run. He also scored twice and had 2 RBI's. Doug is now 1 HR away from reaching his next mileston with 20 career Home Runs. He is also 2 Triples shy of tying the all time career record that is actively held by Jackson Stoltzfus.

2nd Star - Jay Lusby is an on-base machine on top ofthe Bridge lineup. He went 3 for 4 with 3 singles. With his single in the third inning Jay became the first player in Bridge history to acheive 100 singles. Congratulations Jay on this accomplishment. I am sure there will be plenty more to come. On wednesday night Jay also had 2 runs scored and 2 RBI's.

3rd Star -  Pat Hanratty hit his first career Home Run on wednesday night. He hit a shot to right center that no one would be able to catch. Pat finished the night going 2 for 3 with 2 RBI's and 1 run scored.