Is there a better way for a baseball team to spend a Saturday afternoon than winning a game on its home field before its home crowd?
How about winning two home games?
That’s exactly what the Brunswick School baseball team did on Saturday, as it swept a doubleheader against Fieldston School in decisive fashion.
Receiving excellent pitching and timely hitting, the Bruins (4-2) posted 11-1 and 7-2 victories over Fieldston to extend their winning streak to four games.
In Saturday’s opening game, senior right-hander Nick Bianco allowed two hits and five innings, while striking out seven batters to lead the Bruins.
“I felt good, I felt warm for the first time this season, I’m finally getting into midseason form,” Bianco said. “The team played well overall and we hit the baseball and it was a good game.”
Like Brunswick did in a 10-0 five-inning game against Hopkins School on Friday, it seized a comfortable first-inning lead in Saturday’s matchup. The Bruins quickly gave Bianco six runs to work with, scoring six times in the bottom of the first inning off the Eagles’ starting left-handed pitcher.
Senior Riley Redahan, who started in left field, reached on an infield error, stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After junior outfielder Tripp Williams walked, senior catcher Adonys Guzman singled to left field, scoring Redahan and giving the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
With junior shortstop Boston Flannery batting, a balk forced in the Bruins’ second run of the opening inning. Sophomore designated hitter Reed Hyde drove in a run with a fielder’s choice ground ball, then junior second baseman Sam Sealey singled through the left side, scoring two runs and putting the home team on top, 5-0. Redahan batted again in the inning and added an RBI single to center field, making it 6-0.
The Bruins like what they see from their lineup and pitching rotation.
“It’s been awesome, everyone seems to be getting hot at the same time,” Redahan said. “From a team standpoint, it’s amazing to see that. Our pitching, our defense and our hitting is all clicking right now and we feel we can beat anybody.”
Brunswick added one run in the second inning, with Hyde knocking in another run with a ground out, then scored twice more in the third inning on a two-run double to right field by Guzman, making the score 9-0.
“First at-bat, I was a little bit off balance, the second at-bat I struck out, so I tried to be more focused and calm at the plate and do the job for my team, so thankfully, I got to do that,” said Guzman, who bats in the No. 3 spot.
Meanwhile, Bianco was cruising on the mound. He did not allow an earned run and yielded just two singles – one each to Fieldston catcher Josh Becker and outfielder Billy Horde – in the visitors’ one-run fourth inning. The Bruins made two errors in the fourth inning, leading to Fieldston’s lone run.
“He threw great, he had the curve ball working and we mixed it well from the start and he was able to keep the hitters off balance, so it was a good performance from Bianco today,” Guzman said. “First inning, we had a big first inning, we gave Bianco a good lead to work with, so great win as a team.”
Said Bianco: “When you go out there you have more confidence to throw strikes, because you know you have a lead. The last thing you want to do is walk people, so you can attack the zone and throw strikes – it’s great.”
In the bottom of the fourth, Redahan capped the scoring, hitting a two-run single down the right field line and putting the Bruins on top, 11-1. Bianco pitched a scoreless fifth inning, sealing the win, as the game followed a five inning, 10-run rule format.
“It was another fastball in on my hands and I tried to pull it down the line,” Redahan said of his two-run single.
Up next for the Bruins is a home game against Greenwich Country Day School tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.
Categories: Brunswick School, Spring sports
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