Bruins slip by Tigers in extras

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.