By Al Stover 

Broncos baseball finishes regular season against St. George’s

 

DOUBLE PLAY. Seconds after catching a line drive, Bryce Kelly tosses the ball to first baseman Garrett Frederick to complete the double play during the eighth inning of the Broncos’ first game against St. George’s on April 24. -Journal photo by Al Stover

The Lind-Ritzville/Sprague Broncos baseball team wrapped up their regular season on April 24 by going 0-2 against St. George’s in the last home doubleheader, losing 10-5 and 12-0.

In game one against St. George’s, the Dragons opened with a 2-0 lead and added one run in the third and two in the fifth.

Down 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth, LRS gained momentum after scoring three runs off of Bryce Hansen’s two-run triple and Easton Nelson’s RBI double. Spencer Miller’s single brought Nelson to home plate to score the tying run.

After two scoreless innings, the Dragons added five runs en route to the eighth to clinch the win.

Leading the Broncos at the plate were Nelson and Camden Smith, who were both 2-for-4.

Nelson took the loss on the mound after he shared pitching duties with Bryce Kelly. Head Coach Jason Aldrich said Nelson pitched well in the first six innings, giving up only two earned runs.

Aldrich noted LRS’ defense made nine errors throughout the game, many of those were simple plays like dropping a routine fly ball or not fielding a bunt.

Another area where the Broncos continue to struggle is playing consistently, Aldrich said.

LRS continued to struggle in game two as St. George’s scored seven runs in the first two innings on their way to a 12-0 win in five innings.

Starter Brenden Bell took the pitching loss in game two after he shared the mound with Jay Harder, Garrett Frederick and Smith.

Aldrich explained he put Bell and Harder on the mound rather than have St. George’s face LRS’ starting bullpen.

He noted the Dragons have a solid lineup, which caused the younger athletes to struggle at the beginning of the game.

At the plate, Kelly had a double, while Nelson and Hansen each had a single.

The Broncos began Northeast 2B League District play at St. George’s on May 1 with the first game against Springdale. If LRS defeats the Chargers, they will play St. George’s later in the day.

If the Broncos win against the Dragons, they will advance to the second round of District play on May 7 in Medical Lake.

Aldrich hopes the Broncos can put together “one full game,” where they play well on offense, defense and pitching.

“We just have to play our best at the right time and hopefully we can come up with an extra week of practice,” he said.


 

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