Eagles ride big second to 5-inning win vs Bluejays
CULVER — The Culver Military Eagles scored nine runs in the second inning to put themselves ahead by seven and never looked back Friday, winning 13-3 in five innings at Wilkins Field over the North Judson Bluejays.
The Bluejays got off to a good start, scoring the first two runs of the game on a couple of errors by CMA in the top of the first. They also held the Eagles scoreless in the inning and took a 2-0 lead into the second. Judson’s Michael Berby got on base with a hit to lead off the second but was promptly picked off at first by CMA pitcher Colin Raver.
Then the wheels fell off for the Jays as the next two batters were put out, and the Eagles led off the bottom of the second with a walk for Anthony McHugh, who moved over second on a wild pitch. The next batter reached on an error, which brought the runner home. Next, Daniel Billett hit his first of two triples in the inning, bringing in a run and tying the game at two. He then scored on a balk by the pitcher. The next batter reached with a single and was moved over to second on the first out of the inning, a grounder to third.
Kyle Bartelman brought in the run with a double, bringing the score to 4-2. The next batter singled, putting runners at first and third. The next batter reached base safely on an error and then the Bluejays committed a throwing error while he rounded first, bringing both runners home and moving the batter to second. Another error by Judson, a double by Raver, and Billett’s second triple would bring in three more runs, bringing the score to 9-2.
“We were kind of playing good and got the lead there,” said Bluejays’ coach Ted White. “We try concentrating on winning each inning and put ourselves in good shape, but the innings we lose, we give up so much easy stuff. That’s kind of been our downfall all year. We miss a lot of fly balls and ground balls. They are basic things that kids should know by now. We are a young team, and we play like it sometimes.”
Judson had five errors and also gave up four extra base hits in the decisive second inning. CMA would score a run each in the third and fourth innings while the Bluejays were able to add one more in the fourth.
But the bats came alive for CMA again in the fifth inning.
Trenton Kolden led off the inning with a triple, his second hit of the game, and was brought home on a sac fly. That would make the score 12-3 with CMA only needing one more run to end the game in five. The next batter would walk and then was brought home by another triple, CMA’s fifth of the night, this time off the bat of McHugh. Hard hitting was key for the Eagles as seven of their 11 hits went for extra bases.
“The difference was that we had a good approach at the plate tonight. When you do that pitch after pitch after pitch, good things happen,” said Eagles skipper Kurt Christiansen. “We had a lot of guys who worked on hitting the ball hard, hitting it where it was pitched, and going the other way with it if they have to. If you string together at bats like that, you are going to score some runs. Things really opened up when we did that.”
• CULVER MILITARY 13,
NORTH JUDSON 3 (5 inn.)
NJ: 200 10 — 3 5 5
CMA: 091 12 — 13 11 3
Colin Raver (W) Colin Dean 5, Keaton Leszek (L) Michael Clemons 2 Tyler Tunis 4
2B: Kyle Bartelman, Colin Raver (C), Jordan Bridegroom, Tyler Tunis (N)
3B: Daniel Billett 2, Colin Raver, Trenton Kolden, Anthony McHugh (C)