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Bruins slip by Tigers in extras

(BCR photo/Mike Vaughn)
Princeton’s Nick Rolando puts the tag on St. Bede’s Bobby Morrow at the plate in Monday’s NCIC clash at the Academy. The Bruins went into extra innings, scoring the game-winning hit on a walk-off double by Brandon Piotrowski for a 9-8 win.

PERU — The St. Bede Bruins managed to rally back and beat the Princeton Tigers Monday afternoon 9-8 in eight innings.

It was a wild game with very few earned runs, some big rallies, and three lead changes. In the end, St. Bede starting pitcher Brandon Piotrowski’s walk-off double to deep center field would seal the game.

“It felt great to get the hit. I was trying to get the bunt down and I decided to swing. But, I got the bag,” Postula said.

Coming into the seventh, the Bruins were down three after Princeton scored in four consecutive innings to go ahead 8-4 after initially being down 4-0.

Princeton went three up and three down in the top of the inning and St. Bede seized the opportunity, tying the game up at 8-all with a Texas Leaguer to right by Bob Morrow.

The Bruins’ bats got started early scoring four runs after a leadoff single from Logan Bima. Princeton responded to that effort, scoring three runs after Matt Hayes lead off with a base hit in the top of the third inning. Hayes was 3-4 at the plate nearly matching Piotrowski’s 4-4 batting effort.

The Tigers continued to add runs scoring three in the fourth and two in the fifth to put their lead at 8-4.

The Bruins added one in the bottom of the fifth inning to help what would ultimately become a win in extra innings.

Brad Groleau picked up the win in relief pitching the eighth inning. Michael Bellino also pitched a scoreless inning in relief.


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