Bradwell Institute battled Long County in back-to-back games Saturday and Monday and the Blue Tide diamond boys went 2 for 2 against the Tigers.
It was blistery cold on the Long County baseball field Saturday afternoon as the wind swept the diamond and the clouds kept the sun away. But the Long County baseball team was better than hot as they pitched their way through a no-hitter and an 11-1 win over the visiting Bradwell Tigers.
The game ended in the bottom of the fifth inning, called by the run-rule.
On Monday afternoon the Tigers hosted the Blue Tide squad and once again the Long County boys emerged with an 8-1 win.
In Saturday’s matchup Blue Tide pitchers Chase Rogers threw three innings and Tristan Goodro pitched the final two in the no-hitter. The duo combined for seven strikeouts and walked only three batters. At bat the Blue Tide also did well with Cody Fleck going 3 for 3, Shane Mills, Clay Strickland, Jacob Turner and Austin Simmons going 1 of 2 and Luke Golden going 1 of 2 with a double. Goodro was 1 of 3.
In Monday’s matchup, Blue tide pitcher John Christiansen was the winner. He threw 4 and 2/3 innings before Shawn Mills came in as relief.
Mills, Golden, Goodro, Cole Ray, Turner and Austin Mills all had hits for the Blue Tide.
The Blue Tide sport a 4-1 record, a good start coach Brian Thomas attributes to off-season conditioning.
“I like the way our team plays as a whole,” he said. “We have worked really hard this off-season, getting faster and stronger.”
The Tigers are 1-3. Baseball coach Rhett Hellgren said his players need to do better in putting the ball in play and improve their skills on the mound.
On Saturday Tigers Stephen Felton and Sage Sammons pitched two innings each, Chris Bell pitched one.
“We had eight walks and one hit by pitch in five innings,” Hellgren said. “You are not going to do well when you give up that many free bases.”
Hellgren said the Tigers also are struggling at the plate. In both games the Tigers’ one run came from DaBrent Nobles. On Saturday he walked to first and worked his way around the bases on steals to score on a wild pitch. On Monday, Nobles reached on a base hit and again worked his way around the bases to eventually score on a hit by Chris Bell.