Baseball (3-0, 1-0) Complete Article in Brookfield Patch:
In a game of rallies, the Bobcats rallied last to come up with their third straight win to open the season, knocking off Joel Barlow (2-3) 7-5 on a cold and rainy Saturday afternoon in Redding.
"Good start for us," Brookfield head coach Dan McKee said.
Junior Bryson Herr came on in relief to earn the win and Herr came up with the game-winning hit in the seventh inning to help his cause. With two out and a runner on first in a tie game, Herr smoked a ball down the right field line for an RBI triple and he would come home to score an insurance run on a throwing error on the play.
"Good guy, throws strikes," McKee said of Herr, who came on and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth inning before shutting the Falcons down for the final two innings. "Smart player, couldn't ask for more."Herr was aided by a sensational defensive play by center-fielder Janco Cornelius. On a potential go-ahead sacrifice fly to center, Cornelius came up throwing and delivered a perfect ball to the plate, leading to a run-down and the final out of the inning, ending a three-run game-tying rally for Joel Barlow in the fifth.
"That was huge," McKee said of Cornelius' throw to the plate.
Cornelius led the game off with a single and scored to give Brookfield a 1-0 lead. They would fall behind 2-1 in the second inning before rallying for two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth for a 5-2 lead. Starting pitcher Dave Long battled through the first four innings, pitching in terrible conditions. He would leave the game in the fifth inning with Barlow rallying.
"It was nice seeing Dave," McKee said of Long making his first start of the season. "He worked hard, got the outs he needed, the defense played pretty good."
Long led off the fourth inning rally with a walk and followed first basemen Austin Yusko's single in the fifth with a single to help spark the two rallies for the Bobcats. He would come home to score in both innings.
Brookfield had 11 hits in the game, with every player reaching base at least once.
"This year everybody has been swinging the bat really well," McKee said of his team that has scored at least six runs in each of its first three games. "We cut down on the strikeouts by half from last year and everybody is making contact."
BROOKFIELD 020 030 2—7 11 3
BARLOW 020 030 0—5 7 3
Batteries: Br—Long, A.J. Cresci (5), Herr (5, W) and Evan Mozingo; Bar—Logan Barer, Mark DelVecchio (5, L, 0-1) and Casey Saunders. SO: Br—Long 2, Herr 1; Bar-—DelVecchio 3. BB: Br—Long 4, Cresci 2. Bar—Barer 4, DelVecchio 1.
Highlights: Br—Cornelius 3-for-4, Yusko 2-for-4; 1 RBI, Long 2 Runs Scored, Matt Gernert 1 RBI, Mozingo 1 RBI; 1 Run Scored, Herr Triple; 1 RBI; 1 Run Scored. Bar—Alex Kowalski and Jake Lightman had two hits each. Keiran Geyer 3 RBI, Sam Knell 2 RBI.