The Bruins won both games scheduled for last week. A scrappy Olathe team visited Cedaredge on April 25 and put up a good battle in a 19-16 loss to the Bruins. Cedaredge outhit the Pirates in the high-scoring game, 16-10.
On Saturday, Cedaredge was in Parachute to face Grand Valley on a cold and blustery spring day. A slow moving game had the Bruins leading 6-3 after four innings of action. A 13-run explosion in the top of the sixth gave the Bruins a 22-3 lead with Grand Valley coming to bat. A pair of Cardinal runs made the final score 22-5.
Bruins 19, Olathe 16
Peter Carlson worked 4.1 innings and gave up three hits and five runs before giving way to Chris Lindley and Brayden Blair. Lindley and Blair, together, gave up a combined six hits, 11 runs and five walks as the determined Pirates were unwilling to go quietly in a 3A WSL matchup.
Olathe had six runs in the first inning and added another four in the seventh to make things interesting.
Jacob Lewis had three RBIs, scored three runs and had a double in a 3-5 day with a bat. Pedro Madaleno was 1-3 with three runs, a double and two RBIs. Tre' Labossiere had two hits, scored twice and knocked in two runs for the Bruins while Chris Lindley's three-hit day included three runs scored and an RBI.
Brenden Cryer had two hits for Olathe, including a double, and scored two runs himself. Josh Gottlieb's two hits produced an RBI and he scored three times.
Mackenzie Cox was the losing pitcher for Olathe. Carlson's record stands at 2-0, with Saturday's win in Parachute. Cox is 2-5 for the season.
Bruins 22, Cardinals 5
Each team scored twice in the opening inning, which saw errors caused by strong winds moving fly balls in unpredictable patterns for defenders.
The Bruins took the lead for good in the third inning with four runs. Labossiere led off with a towering blast to left field which cleared the fence easily.
Cedaredge's next two batters were outs. Colton Hoerr started a three-run rally with a double followed by Christian Reynolds' single and a walk to Madaleno. Blair was walked and Sean Dale's double plated two runs before Lindley's ground out to first for the final Bruins' out.
The four-run rally moved Cedaredge out to a 6-3 lead, following a Cardinal score in the bottom half of the third inning.
Three more runs in the fifth and the big sixth inning for 13 runs had the Bruins on top 22-3. Grand Valley scored twice in the bottom half of the seventh for the final score, 22-5.
Cedaredge pitchers allowed just four hits in the game.
Cedaredge, fourth in 3A WSL play, owns an 11-5 overall record and is 5-2 in league play. Olathe is 4-11 and 3-4 while the Cardinals have records of 2-13 and 0-7.
The Bruins, after hosting Aspen April 2, conclude their regular season April 6 at New Castle with doubleheader action against Coal Ridge beginning at 11 a.m.
Cedaredge, 19th in RPI rankings, will hopefully see post-season action following this week's play. First round foes will be released this weekend, May 6.