Bears turn back Irish in ‘regular’ game

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Posted 4/21/17

Playing what is, at least for them, a rare "normal" seven-inning baseball game Thursday afternoon, Bradley Central posted an opening round victory in the Trojan Classic.

Serving as one of the host …

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Bears turn back Irish in ‘regular’ game

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Playing what is, at least for them, a rare "normal" seven-inning baseball game Thursday afternoon, Bradley Central posted an opening round victory in the Trojan Classic.

Serving as one of the host sites for the event, the Bears posted a 4-2 victory over Notre Dame in their first true seven-inning contest since a 6-2 win over Cleveland on April 11.

Bradley has endured a couple of suspended games, along with a 12-inning and a nine-inning game in the last 10 days.

The Bears (17-5) continue tournament play with a pair of games today, facing last year’s TSSAA Sectional foe Station Camp at 4 before finishing the night with an 8:45 start against Knox Halls.

Bradley is slated to entertain Knox Central Saturday afternoon at 3, weather permitting, to wrap up the event.

On Thursday, Notre Dame (7-10) struck first by scoring a pair of runs in the second inning.

The first two Irish hitters singled and moved up a base on an infield out. Both runners scored an a Matthew Nelligan single.

Bear starting pitcher Blaze Benton held the Irish bats in check the rest of the way, allowing only one hit and four base runners over the next five innings.

The Bradley defense helped the junior lefty stymie the Irish by turning a pair of double plays, including one that ended the game.

After getting in the 2-0 hole, the Bears came right back to tie the game in the home half of the second.

Tusculum signee Byron Mantooth led off the frame with a single, before being replaced by courtesy runner Briar Lee.

Lee scampered home following a Colton Cross triple to the wall in left center. Cross added the tying score by racing home on a wild pitch.

Bradley took the lead for good in the fourth frame.

Freshman Riley Black was hit by a pitch with one out. After a pair of wild pitches put him on third, Black crossed the plate thanks to a single by junior Andy Bunch.

The Bears added an insurance run in the fifth, with junior Pete Williams drawing a walk and scoring in front of a three-bagger by sophomore Dylan Standifer, on a shot that sailed over the right fielder’s head and ended up at the wall.

“Blaze did a good job spotting his pitches, and keeping them off balance. They had that one inning where they scored a couple of runs, but he basically shut them down the rest of the way. The defense played well behind him with the double plays, and we found just enough offense to win the game," said Bear head coach Travis Adams.

GAME SUMMARY

Notre Dame0200000 — 2 4 0

Bradley Central020110x — 4 5 1

WP: Blaze Benton (3-1) 7 IP, 7 K’s, 4 H, 2 ER. LP: Ayden Krehel. 3B: Colton Cross, Dylan Standifer (BC). RBI: Standifer, Cross, Andy Bunch (BC). Highlights: Matthew Nelligan 1-3, 2 RBI (ND); Pete Williams 1-2, run; Standifer 1-3, RBI; Cross 1-3, RBI, run; Bunch 1-3, RBI (BC), Records: Notre Dame 7-10, Bradley 17-5.

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