Brandon Valley outslugs Vermillion Red Sox 6-12

Brandon Valley outslugs Vermillion Red Sox 6-12
On a humid, cloudy night June 12 at Prentis Park, Brandon Valley rallied from a five-run defecit to beat the Vermillion Red Sox 16-12.

The first inning was a bellweather of what was to come. BV jumped out to a early 4-0 advantage, thanks mainly to a three-run dinger by Nick Bruning. But the Red Sox rallied to score seven runs in their half of the first. The key hit was a bases-clearing double by Robin Chute.

BV hurt their cause by committing two errors in the first frame, in addition to hitting a batter, and starter Matt Wingate uncorked two wild pitches. The Red Sox led 7-4 after one inning.

After a scoreless second inning, Brandon Valley got an RBI single from Adam Schroeder in the top of the third to make it 7-5.

But the Red Sox got another bases-clearing double, this time from Jim McNaughton in the bottom of the third to make it 10-5.

The top of the fourth saw BV turn it around, scoring six runs on three hits and getting some help with the Red Sox committing two errors. P.J. Hiller hit a grand slam to key the rally.

Wingate lasted just three innings for the visitors, and was relieved by lefty Mike McClagen. McClagen pitched out of a jam in the bottom of the fourth. With the bases loaded with no one out, the southpaw fanned Brad Donovan, then got a doubleplay as Brett Hoch flied out to left, and the runner at third, Jon Merrigan, was thrown out at the plate to turn the tide in favor of Brandon Valley.

The Red Sox got a couple of runs off of McClagen in the bottom of the fifth. McClagen didn't get an out in that frame, and was relieved by Rob Foudray, who fanned the side to get out of the inning.

Brandon Valley took the lead for good in the top of the sixth as Adam Schroeder and Tad Ribstein each knocked RBI doubles off of Red Sox starter Brad Donovan.

The Red Sox had just nine players in uniform, and had to rely on Donovan to go as far as his right arm would carry him.

Donovan would give way to lefty Jon Merrigan in the top of the eighth with his team down by four runs. Merrigan would shut down BV the rest of the way, but it would not matter, as Foudray would pitch a total of five shutout innings to get the victory for BV.

Robin Chute would lead the Red Sox attack with two doubles, a single, a walk, three RBIs and three runs scored. Josh Malenosky scored three runs as he was hit by a pitch twice and reached on an error.

Nick Bruning sparked Brandon Valley's offense with two singles, a double, and a homer. P.J. Hiller homered and doubled. Bruning had five RBIs, and Hiller drove in four runs.

Brandon Valley left nine men on base, while Vermillion stranded 12 baserunners.

Brandon Valley pitchers hit four Vermillion batsmen on the night.

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