After a Saturday split with the Bellevue Bruins the 11th ranked USAO Drovers (10-1) came out hot and picked up two wins over 23rd ranked Bruins (1-3). In game 3 of the series, the Drovers beat the Bruins 8-3 and in-game 4 continued hot played and conquered the Bruins with a 10-2 victory to complete the series win 3 games to 1.
Game 3: Drovers Win Behind Combined Effort
In this game, the Drovers would beat the Bruins 8-3 after a full team effort. The offense would collect 9 hits on the afternoon as everyone one in the lineup would secure a hit. Miguel Lorenzo went 1-3 with a single, P.J. Garcia went 1-3 with a single and 1 RBI, Alex Sanchez finished the day 1-3 with a single, Luis Pelayo went 1-3 with a single, Daniel Lafarga went 1-4 with a single and 1 RBI, Ian Laureano went 1-3 with a single and 2 RBI’s, Cristian Laboy went 1-2 on the afternoon with a double and 1 RBI, Elvin Alamo went 1-3 with a single and 2 RBI’s and Brandon Shumway went 1-2 day with a double.
The Drovers sent right-hander Ricardo Velez to the mound where he would shine in his third start for USAO. Velez threw 5.1 innings allowing 3 runs on 7 hits and 9 putouts via the strikeout. With this performance, he moves to 2-0 on the season. The Drovers brought in Rudy Gonzalez to slam the door on the Bruins and he did just that throwing 1.2 innings not allowing a hit. Gonzalez would also finish the game with 4 strikeouts.
The Bruins offense collected 7 hits on the afternoon, led by J.T Patterson, 2-3 with a single a double and 2 RBI’s, Kory Longaker went 1-3 with a double, Wataru Kazama went 2-3 with 2 singles and an RBI, Riley Baasch went 1-3 with a single and Tommy Hansen went 1-3 with a single.
“Well, I’d say overall our bats were pretty cold all weekend.” Bruins J.T. Patterson said “We were able to string a few hits together every now and then but we’re not able to execute with runners in scoring position. That really killed us. We needed to cut down the strikeouts and force the defense to make plays. Especially in that weather. But I felt that our defense played pretty well behind our pitches. For it being our first time outside since October I was very pleased with how our defense played. But overall I think we learned a lot from this weekend and have a good idea with where we need to improve.”
The Bruins sent Stephen Knapp to the mound, who would give up 8 runs on 7 hits in 2.1 innings. Jarrett Poh, threw 2.2 innings, allowing just 1 hit for the Drovers. Andrew Churchill would throw 1 inning for the Bruins and would also just allow 1 hit.
Game 4: Gonzalez Dominates After Drovers Capture Series Win
In the fourth and final game of this series, the Drovers beat the Bruins, 10-2. In this game the offense for the Drovers put together 13 hits and was led by P.J. Garcia who was 4-4 with 3 singles, a home run (1) and 3 RBI’s, Daniel Lafarga went 2-4, with a single and a home run (1), Brock Henderson went 3-3 with 2 singles and doubles, Miguel Lorenzo went 1-4 with a double, Luis Pelayo went 1-4 with a single, Cristian Laboy went 1-3 with a single and Ian Laureano went 1-3 with a single.
The Drovers started Rudy Gonzalez, as he would control most of the game for the Drovers. The righty threw 7 innings, allowing just 2 runs on 6 hits with 4 strikeouts on the afternoon. Gonzalez grabbed his 1st win of the season and also picked up his first complete game of the year.
“The positive energy that I received from my teammates and coaches was a major key that pushed me to continue pitching and finishing the game.” Said right-handed pitcher Rudy Gonzalez.
The Bruins sent Mitch Savine to the mound and he would throw 4 innings allowing 4 runs on 8 hits and 4 strikeouts for the Bruins. Graham Cahill would throw 0.2 innings and allow 4 runs on 3 hits to the Drovers and Derek Browne threw 1.1 innings and allowing 2 runs on 2 hits.
The Bruins offense put together 6 hits on the night, led by J.T. Patterson, 2-3 with 2 singles, Kory Longaker went 1-3 with a single, Wataru Kazama went 1-3 with a single and an RBI, Riley Baasch would go 1-2 with a single and Hunter Jury went 1-3 with a single.