Bruisers score 14 runs in mercy-rule win, improve to 5-0 on young season

Baseball American Legion Cowle Post 151 Dugout Bruisers’ batter Jacob Zappitelli waits for a pitch against the B2 Bombers at Lake Catholic High School on Tuesday night.

MENTOR — Summer is less than 10 days away and the Cowle Post 151 18U Dugout Bruisers are already warmed up.

The Bruisers took advantage of some wild B2 Baseball pitching and scored 14 runs in five innings to take a 14-0 victory at Lake Catholic High School on Tuesday night. They are now 5-0 on the season.

Zachary Houghtaling

singled in Ryan Boruszkowski to give the Bruisers a 1-0 lead in the first.

They then added four two-out runs, highlighted by a Kevin Spehar double and four walks.

Eleven of the Bruisers’ first 12 batters in the third inning reached base — the only one not to do so drove in a run via sacrifice fly.

Ian Barnes led off the inning with a single, then Spehar and Jacob Zappitelli drew back-to-back walks to load the bases for Jackson Homage who flew out to left field.

Benjamin Salesky then

singled to center, Kyle Trickett walked and Boruszkowski doubled before the Bruisers collected five consecutive base-on-balls to extend their lead to 13-0.

Houghtaling drove in Trickett for the 14th run in the fourth.

Houghtaling finished 3 for 3 with a walk, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Boruszkowski had two hits in three at-bats, including a double, two RBIs and two runs.

Eight Bruisers drove in at least one run and five knocked in two.

“We got a ton of talent here,” recent Grand Valley graduate Logan Newell said. “I mean there’s been a lot of thought put into kids we’re getting from everywhere and I just think we got a good group of kids.”

Josh Platt, Tom

Yuras, Brandon

Ferdandino, Adam Debevic and Trickett shared mound duties for the Bruisers.

Each pitched one full inning, struck out at least one batter and contributed to the shutout.

They threw a combined one-hitter.

“When it comes to weekday games, it’s more of a workout,” coach Joe Zappitelli said. “What I want

to do is make sure

defensively we’re

getting better and

I want to make sure that our pitchers

are getting workouts. That’s the most

important thing.

“We got rained

out and we (canceled) two or three games

in the last tournament, so there’s a lot of

pitchers who haven’t gotten enough reps.

I got almost all

my pitchers on the mound today that needed.”

The Bruisers will

need most, if not all

of those arms later

in the week as they

will compete in the King of the Land Tournament.

They have two games scheduled for Thursday, with the first coming against Force Nordquist at 9 a.m. at Oberlin College.