MANLIUS — John Bellino says the Bureau Valley ball field is a tough place to play with its position on a prime site in a wind tunnel supplying the wind turbine nearby. His Bruins must think it’s not that bad.
The Bruins hit their way through the wind gusts for 10 hits, methodically adding runs with timely two-out hits on the way to a 9-1 win over the Storm. They scored one run in the second, two in the third and three each in the fifth and sixth innings and rode the pitching of starter of Adam Burgess and Logan Bima to victory.
“It’s hard to evaluate with this wind,” Bellino said. “Adam did a nice job pitching and kept them off balance a little bit and hit the ball. It’s a tough place to play. I’m real happy to get out of here with a win.”
Storm coach John Matlick wasn’t buying Bellino’s difficulties in playing at BV.
“He’s won a regional here ... He’s won a lot of games here,” Matlick said.
The Storm (0-5) scored its run in the third inning and had a chance to perhaps tie the game at three. BV starting pitcher Ethan Ringle ripped a base hit to plate Ryan Carlson, but Trevin Kennedy was gunned down by Bruins left fielder Ronnie Mudge at the plate to end the inning, preserving the Bruins lead at 3-1.
“I didn’t realize their left fielder had that good of an arm,” Matlick said. “As flat-footed as he was coming up to throw the ball I’m thinking, ‘Well that’s the fastest guy on our team and I might as well challenge him.’”
The Bruins went to work in the fifth inning as leadoff man Sam Lucas led off with single and Bobby Morrow bunted him over. Brad Groleau followed with a single and Adam Burgess followed with a two-run double with two outs to plate Lucas and Groleau.
It was Burgess’ second two-out RBI hit of the day and one of four by the Bruins in the first five innings.
“(You) just shorten up a little bit just to get contact, and, hopefully, get it to the outfield so you can move the runners around,” Burgess said.
Logan Bima ripped his second RBI hit of the day to right field to make it 6-1.
St. Bede (2-2) scored three more in the sixth to put the game away. Pinch hitters Joel Inciong and Adam Schwab got on board via a double and a walk, and Sam Lucas was hit by a pitch to load the bases. With one out, Groleau ripped a two-run single. The Bruins added another run to make it 9-1.
“We were definitely stringing our hits together. Against L-P we didn’t string our hits together,” Burgess said of Friday’s season-opening loss. “But today, we were stringing our hits and moving runners around with bunts. (And) we were defensively sound.”
Burgess scattered three hits and three walks over five innings, the lone run coming unearned. He said he had trouble spotting his change-up, but located his fastball well. Bima finished off the win with two scoreless innings in relief.
“We need to put the ball in play a little more and just have a little more solid at-bats,” Storm coach John said. “We are improving though and are getting better.”
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