Bruin baseball knocks off Puckett last Friday

Baseball stomps Puckett 11-1, improves to 3-1 in district play

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Bruin baseball knocks off Puckett last Friday

Andrew Sanli at the plate in Friday's matchup with Puckett.

Andrew Sanli at the plate in Friday's matchup with Puckett.

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Andrew Sanli at the plate in Friday's matchup with Puckett.

Bailey Miller

Bailey Miller

Andrew Sanli at the plate in Friday's matchup with Puckett.

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The Bruin baseball team defeated Puckett Attendance Center handily at D.M. Howie Field last Friday.

“I think it was a good team win because everyone did their job, play solidly on offense and defense, and we were able to come out with a win,” said freshman outfielder Cooper Chaplain.

Junior Joe Pearson pitched all 5 innings of the game, giving up just one run.

In the bottom of the first inning, the Bruin offense took the lead, scratching two runs. From there, they never looked back.

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Brock Morris (left) and Josh Bailey (right) play defense against Puckett.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, the score was 5-1. The Bruins rallied to put up 6 runs, and end the game via run rule.

This win was huge for the Bruins, who dropped a game a district game against Pisgah earlier in the year.

Tonight, the Bruins have a crucial district matchup with Mize Attendance Center, and it is imperative that the Bruins win out in district play to earn a good seed for the postseason.

Injuries have plagued the Bruins this year. Some of the most notable injuries have been to starting shortstop Brady Johnson, out with an ACL and meniscus tear, and starting pitcher and catcher Eli Carter, out with a UCL injury.

Cooper Chaplain, Chris Watson, Josh Briscoe and Hudson Sandifer are just a few underclassmen who have had to contribute in various ways as a result of injuries. Although these players are young, they are gaining experience quickly, which will be valuable come playoffs.

The biggest woes for the Bruins so far has been in the batter’s box. Across the team, batting averages, hits, sacrifice bunts and productive outs are down. So although pitching has been fairly decent, the offense has simply been lacking.

Senior Stephen Wolf said, “As a team, we need to start hitting better, taking better approaches at the plate. One we finally do, we will be a really hard team to beat.”

Despite the slow start, the Bruins are optimistic about their chances of making a run deep into the postseason. There is plenty of improvements to be made, but with Coach Gerard McCall, the team should be able to identify and work out any problems the team may face. The team has the potential to be the last team standing in 2A.