Bridgewater storms to ODAC baseball title
Edited by Chris Graham
One day after his worst outing of the season, Casey Hartman got another chance on the big stage Sunday afternoon. Hartman, who did not make it out of the second inning in BC’s 19-9 win over Randolph-Macon on Saturday, gave the Eagles seven gutsy innings and pitched the Eagles to a victory over the Lynchburg Hornets in the ODAC Championship game.
Bridgewater took an early lead with a run in the bottom of the first. Devon Snow singled and Kevin Kirk doubled to send Snow to third. Snow scored on a groundout by Brett Howell for a 1-0 BC lead.
The Hornets tied the score with a run in the second and the score remained 1-1 until the fourth when Lynchburg took the lead, 2-1, on a solo homer by Chris Colquhoun.
The lead didn’t last long as the Eagles answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Howell reach on an error and moved to third on a double by Blake Stokely. Howell scored on a groundout by Andy Chrismer and Stokely scored on a groundout by Drew Elkins to put the Eagles on top 3-2.
Bridgewater opened up some breathing room with four runs in the top of the fifth. Snow plated the first run of the inning with a single and Snow scored on a double by Stokely, making the score 5-2. Chrismer singled home two more runs as the Eagles opened up a 7-2 lead.
The Eagles added another run in the sixth when Snow walked and scored all the way from first on a double by Kirk, making the score 8-2.
The Hornets were not finished as they added two runs in the seventh to trim the deficit to 8-4. Mike Walters plated a run with a double and Walters scored on a double by Cameron Grant.
Hartman turned the game over to the bullpen with Kevin Chandler taking the mound in the eighth. Chandler, with two priors wins in the tourney out of the pen, gave up a solo homer to Ryan Litz to make it 8-5.
Bridgewater added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. Easter doubled and moved to third on a bunt by Devon Snow. Easter scored on a wild pitch, making the score 9-5.
The Eagles then turned to senior Alex Foltz in the ninth. Foltz retired the Hornets in order to finish off Bridgewater’s championship run through the loser’s bracket.
Bridgewater reached the title game with a 4-3 victory early Sunday afternoon.
Lynchburg jumped on top with a run in the top of the first against BC starter Joseph Lucas. Jeff Walters led off with a double and later scored on a throwing error by third baseman Brett Howell to put the Hornets on the board.
Bridgewater got the run back in the bottom of the inning. Drew Easter was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Easter scored on a single by Howell to tie the score.
Bridgewater took the lead in the third when Mitchell Edwards tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Easter, making the score 2-1.
Lynchburg tied the score on a solo homer by Walters in the fifth and grabbed the lead when Walters blasted another solo shot in the seventh. putting the Hornets on top 3-2.
The Eagles responded and regained the lead in the bottom of the seventh. Howell led off with a single and Stokely was hit by a pitch. Both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Andy Chrismer and both scored on a single by Drew Elkins to make the score 4-3.
Elkins picked up the win on the mound with 2.2 scoreless innings in relief. Lucas gave the Eagles a quality start, working 6.1 innings. Two of the three runs allowed by Lucas were earned.
Named to the all-tournament team from BC were Elkins and Foltz.