Brethren baseball sweeps Crossroads, 3-2 & 9-1

 

Brethren pitcher Josh Riggs delivers during the Bobcats’ 9-1 win in the second game of a West Michigan D League doubleheader against Big Rapids Crossroads on Monday. Riggs struck out 15 batters in the game. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Brethren pitcher Josh Riggs delivers during the Bobcats’ 9-1 win in the second game of a West Michigan D League doubleheader against Big Rapids Crossroads on Monday. Riggs struck out 15 batters in the game. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

BRETHREN — Brethren’s defense did all the work they needed to do on Monday with two big wins over Big Rapids Crossroads.

The Bobcats (4-2, 4-0) won the first game 3-2 and they pulled away in the second game behind Josh Riggs’ 15 strikeouts to win 9-1.

In the first game Kyle McLeod had 2 stolen bases and he also pitched all 6 innings with 2 earned.

“He pitched well today. Our defense did tons better picking the ball up,” Brethren coach Roddy MacNeil said. “That’s always a good thing and it’s an encouraging sign.”

Brethren was hit by 4 pitches during the game and they took 5 walks to help create the opportunities for those 3 runs.

Josh Riggs dominated the second game from the moment he stepped on the mound.

He pitched 5 innings with only 1 hit. He struck 15 batters out, and his defense didn’t need to do much at all.

MacNeil planned to have Riggs pitch the second game in case his fielders weren’t as energetic as they were in the first knowing that there wouldn’t be many balls in play.

“That was kind of the thought process having Josh in the second game. In the second game normally your defense is a little lackadaisical. You’ve already had a game and a big meal, so it’s nice when you can come back with someone who has that kind of a power fastball,” MacNeil said.

The Bobcats jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first 5 innings, and the two teams each gave up a run in the final inning to finish 9-1.

Freshman Gavin Asiala allowed 1 run in relief in the 6th inning.

The Cougars continued to walk plenty of players throughout the game and Brethren took full advantage.

Kameren Danks was 3-for-4 with 2 steals, Jake Riggs was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs, Kasey Fairbanks was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Josh Riggs was hit by 2 pitches, walked 1 time, and scored 3 times without recording a hit.

Brethren will be back in non-league action today at Marion before preparing for conference rival Onekama on Thursday.

The Bobcats and Portagers shared the conference title a year ago and split the 4 games they played.

“Thursday is the one we’re looking to, not to overlook Marion, but Thursday it’s possible that the conference could be decided on that Thursday,” MacNeil said. “It’s early but we usually battle back and forth all year. It will be interesting to see how this goes.”

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Posted by Brian Fogg

Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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