By Rob Adams
The pieces were all there for the Brunswick Bruins baseball team on Tuesday afternoon at home. They needed to play error-free baseball with timely hitting, good pitching, and solid defense.
All of that was on display as the Bruins knocked off King, 7-3. Charlie Sealy went six innings and allowed three runs, walking one and striking out nine to earn the victory on the hill. Renn Lints went four and two-thirds, allowing six runs to take the loss.
“There wasn’t a lot that didn’t go right for us today,” said Brunswick head coach Johnny Montanez. “We’re just really mentally focused”
Montanez gave a lot of credit to his pitching staff, as well as pitching coach Tim Daly.
“We teach them that their preparation is as important as their outing,” Montanez added.
Offensively, the Bruins (5-0) were led by Tommy Napolitano, who doubled twice and scored two runs. Trystan Sarcone added three hits as well as the Bruins pounded out 10 hits overall.
The Bruins started the hit parade in the third, and it began as so many rallies do – with a leadoff walk. Catcher Ethan Hynes earned the base-on-balls the start the frame. Then Napolitano came up with his first double of the afternoon, before Santiago Riera dunked in a single to drive in two and give the Bruins the early lead.
“The majority of our production came from the bottom of the order,” Montanez said. “When you’re getting that type of production, you’re going to be tough to beat.
King (2-2) cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth on three straight two out singles, with Reid Gesualdi driving in Lucas Stalman. James Scarlata added in the single in the middle of the three-hit spree.
Brunswick opened things up in the home half of the fifth, scoring four times, with two runs coming in on a double by pinch hitter Pat Ryan.
The Vikings cut the deficit in the sixth, striking as they did in the fourth with three straight two out hits. Once again,Stalman, Scarlta, and Gesualdi did the damage, with two runs scoring. A pop fly into shallow left near the foul line was run down by Aaron Sabato, who made an over-the-shoulder play to end the inning.
“He’s been doing that since freshman year,” Montanez said. “He leads by example.”
The Bruins weren’t done, as Napolitano led of the sixth with a double to left, followed by a walk to Riera, a single by Sarcone, and a sacrifice fly from Sabato to finish out the scoring.
Even in that moment, when a baserunning error took a potentially larger inning off the books, Montanez still saw the positive.
“I look into the dugout and he’s got two guys talking to him about his running mistake, and reading the catcher,” Montanez said. “That tells me that we have 17 guys listening and watching this game.”
Next up for the Bruins is a Wednesday matchup with Avon.
“We want a chance to compete,” Montanez said. “If our boys can continue to throw strikes, and put the ball in play, and force the other team to play at our level, I think we’ll be in good shape.”