No disputing the fact, sophomore Alex Jasiek was in command of all his pitches and mowed down seven batters en-route to an 8-0 victory for Burroughs over Priory Wednesday.
But the play at the plate in the second inning by Bombers catcher senior Sam Hefler was worth the price of admission.
Junior David Nogalski was barreling home for the go-head score in the second inning when he ran into Hefler, literally. Nogalski, who doubles as a running back in football went airborne on the Burroughs catcher. Hefler applied the perfect tag and ended the Rebels uprising.
The Bombers parlayed three runs in the fourth; two in the fifth and sixth and won their sixth game of the season.
“I like plays like that. I like the contact. It reminded me of the football season. That was a flashback,” said the catcher who doubles as a middle linebacker in the fall.
Burroughs big inning was the three run fourth frame. Nick Buelick led off with a walk and went to second on a fielders choice. Peter Schnuck reached on an error and took second on the throw. Schnuck scored on an error by Priory’s first baseman to open a 3-0 gap.
In the fifth, Priory committed two more errors, upping the Burroughs lead to 6-0. Two more runs for Burroughs in he sixth, and it was all over but the final score.
Coach Andy Katzman lifted Jasiek when he reached the 90 pitch count going into the final frame.
“It felt good to get this win,” said Jasiek who mixed in four favorite pitches nicely. “We put ourselves into a lot of scoring positions. That was good,” said the sophomore leftie.
Nathan Adams, who will play for Yale next year went 2 for 2 at the plate, drove in a pair of runs and scored one time.
“We’re really glad to be back on track. We lost a couple of close games we could have won last week,” said Adams. We’ve been counting on our defense to win close games,” he said.
Katzman reported the Bombers have not recorded an error in six games. “I’m happy for the kids to get on the winning trail. We’ve pushed ourselves to play some good defense. Defense is keeping us in there when we aren’t hitting,” said Katzman.
Burroughs will have a round of games in the Clayton tournament next week.
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