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Tigers suffer back-to-back losses
Tiger base runner Leonard Felton tags the bag while sliding under a Cadet defensive player in BI’s 8-6 loss at home Thursday. - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon

Bradwell Institute’s baseball team scheduled three games during spring break and, so far, two of them played on Olvey Field haven’t ended well. The boys lost to Camden County, 11-2, on Tuesday and to the Benedictine Cadets, 8-6, on Wednesday.


Tigers 2, Wildcats 11

Tiger pitcher Eran Hodge took the mound to start against the Wildcats as the teams met for the second time this season.

The Wildcats scored their first run off a solo homer in the top of the second inning. Hodge struck out a batter and Zach Hawkins had two plays in the outfield.

In the bottom of the second, Tigers Garrett McCorkle and Eric Wells got on base and Mitch Rogers hit a sacrifice bunt to score a run. Rogers was tagged out at second on an attempted steal, but Wells scored by stealing home on a wild pitch.

The Tigers’ went up 2-1 but, unfortunately, it was the last score BI brought in.

In the top of the third inning, Camden scored two runs off a low shot past Tiger second baseman Wells. Later, a shot to right field brought in two more runs and the Wildcats took a 5-2 lead.

To close the third inning, Tiger catcher Josh Driggers tossed the ball to Leonard Felton as a Wildcat attempted to steal third. Felton tagged him out.

The Tigers’ defense made several critical plays, keeping the Wildcats scoreless until the sixth inning. Tiger pitcher Jacob Dill relieved Hodge on the mound in the middle of the fifth inning.

The Wildcats faced two outs and had a runner on third at the top of the sixth inning. A few throwing errors and a deep hit to left field scored two runs, and the Tigers trailed 2-6 at the top of the seventh inning.

With a Wildcat on base, the next batter smacked the ball to drive in another run. With runners on first and second, another Wildcat stacked the bases with a hit. The next Camden batter hit a ball to right fielder Ulrick John for the first out, but the bases were still loaded. Dill struck out the next batter, but the next one brought in two runs. A Wildcat runner headed for home off a wild pitch and, despite a dive by Driggers for the tag, the umpire declared the runner safe and the Wildcats widened their lead, 10-2. A wild pitch gave Camden its final score and an 11-2 victory.


Tigers 6, Cadets 8

The Cadets scored a run in the first inning. Hodge got on base and a hit by Driggers advanced Hodge to third. Driggers made it to second. McCorkle got an RBI, bringing in Hodge and tying the game at 1.

Tiger pitcher Mitch Rogers faced the Cadets on the mound. He retired three Cadet batters, keeping Benedictine scoreless at the top of the second.

Rogers and Dill got base hits. Rogers scored off an RBI by Felton. Nick Snyder brought in Dill, and Hawkins got an RBI to put the Tigers up 4-1 at the end of the inning.

Felton made two tosses to get runners out at first, and Rogers retired another Cadet at the plate.

The Tigers put the ball in play, but the hits were high and fielded.

In the top of the fourth, the Cadets had a runner on base and the next batter hit a shot straight down the third baseline, bringing in a run.

The Tigers converted a double play but on the next play, an infield error allowed another run. The Cadets closed the inning trailing by one.

Felton relieved Rogers on the mound in the fifth inning, and the Tigers defense quickly got three outs to finish the inning.

The Cadets had runners on first and second in the top of the sixth inning and faced one out. A Cadet batter smacked a low line drive toward third base. Hodge made a diving catch, tagged the runner out at third and tossed the runner out at first for a double play.

Still trailing by one, the Cadets took their last at-bat at the top of the seventh inning and pulled ahead after a Benedictine player made it to base when he was hit by a pitch. The Cadet stole second. The next batter bunted and while the Tiger infield decided to make the play at first or third, nothing was done and the runners were safe. A shot out to left field brought in the tying run for the Cadets.

McCorkle relieved Felton, and the next Cadet batter made the bunt. The same decision error allowed runners on first and third again. Another runner scored off a wild pitch. A shot out to right field resulted in a run. The ball was thrown to home and Driggers threw the ball back toward second base, attempting to get a tag. The ball was overthrown and another runner scored. A sacrifice bunt gave Benedictine another run and put them up 8-4 at the bottom of the inning.

Hawkins hit one to centerfield but it was caught. Hodge walked to first and Driggers smacked a homerun over the left field fence to make it a 6-8 game. McCorkle hit a shot to left field, but the short stop made a diving catch for the second Tiger out. The next Tiger struck out for the loss.

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