Green outduels Flyers
By JIM WALKER
Tribune Sports Editor
FRANKLIN FURNACE — In a pitcher’s duel between Green’s Colton Brammer and St. Joseph’s Justin Mahlmeister, the Bobcats had a few more bullets in their gun.
Brammer threw a three-hitter and the Bobcats topped the Flyers 5-1.
Brammer struck out seven and walked three. Mahlmeister struck out nine, walked two and gave up seven hits.
“It was a well-pitched game by both teams,” said Green coach Dan McDavid. “We just happened to get the big hit when we needed it.”
The big hits came from Cody Bruce who was 2-3 with two doubles and four runs batted in. Both of Bruce’s doubles came on 0-2 pitches with two outs.
“Green is a good team. They have a chance to go deep in the tournament,” said Flyers’ coach Brent Wirzfeld. “(Brammer) was the wrong guy for us to see after our layoff. He changes speeds well.”
The Flyers (4-3) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Mahlmeister reached on an error, stole second and went to third on a hit by Cole Willis. Mahlmeister then scored on a throwing error.
Green (15-5) took the lead with two runs in the third.
Clay Applegate walked, Rob Applegate singled and Bruce doubled them home.
The lead went to 4-1 in the fifth when Mike Avery and Rob Applegate singled and Bruce belted his second two-run double.
The Bobcats final run scored in the sixth on an RBI single by Avery after Steve Ratcliff reached on an error and stole second and third.
St. Joseph 100 000 0 = 1 3 1
Green 002 021 x = 5 7 3
Justin Mahlmeister and Hunter Pemberton. Colton Brammer and Matt Howard. W-Brammer (K-7, BB-3). L-Mahlmeister (K-9, BB-2). 2B-Green: Cody Bruce 2. Hitting-St. Joseph: Justin Mahlmeister 1-2, Cole Willis 1-2, Jacob Clark 1-3; Green: Cody Bruce 2-3 4-rbi, Mike Avery 2-4, Rob Applegate 2-4, Clay Applegate 1-2.