Through six innings, the Chesapeake baseball team held Broadneck scoreless on April 8, but that deficit was erased quickly. Anthony Cirrincione drove in one run with a double. Calvin Cook then hit a two-run walk-off double to cap the Broadneck rally, giving the Bruins a 3-2 win. Cirrincione also made an outstanding diving catch in right field. That win pushed Broadneck to 7-0 on the season.
The win over Chesapeake came weeks after Broadneck beat Severna Park, which was in the 4A state championship game last season. The dominating 12-0 win over the Falcons on March 30 ended in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.
Broadneck took the lead early in that game with one run in the first inning before blowing the game open in the second. The Bruins scored 10 runs in the inning, punctuated by Cirrincione’s grand slam. From there, Bruins starting pitcher Sean Murphy baffled Falcon hitters. Murphy was excellent, giving up just four hits and one walk in five innings of work while tossing just 68 pitches.
“It’s a good way to start the year early on,” said Bruins head coach Matt Skrenchuk. “Each game, we’re building a bit more confidence. Despite this, we still need to improve every day, especially our at-bats. We took a lot of fastballs today.”
Bruins starting second baseman Josh Ehrlich, who drove in four runs and scored in the second inning, said that this kind of performance is huge for the team. But like coach Skrenchuk, he felt that both he and the team can keep improving.
“We have a month and a half left of baseball so we’re just going to keep working every day in practice and hopefully it’s going to be a fun year and end with winning that state championship,” he said.
For the Falcons, there weren’t many highlights as they had only four hits, committed two errors on defense and issued seven walks to Bruins hitters. “Free bases killed us,” said Falcons head coach Eric Milton. “We have to throw strikes, make the routine plays and we didn’t do that today. We gave them 10 free baserunners and they’re going to score.”
The Bruins kept winning after that game. As for the Falcons, they have since beaten Arundel 3-2, lost to Mount Saint Joseph 11-8 and won 5-3 vs Old Mill to take them to 4-2 on the season before games against Meade and Southern.
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