Badgers retain top spot with yet another win
THE Bristol Badgers remained top of their pool in the AAA South with a hard-fought double-header win in Richmond.
The visiting Badgers took the first game 7-4 and followed up with a 8-5 victory in the second contest.
The star of the first game for the Badgers was shortstop José Bobadilla, pictured below, who hit a grand slam in the seventh and final inning. It was the team's third home run of the season, but the first to clear runners on all three bases, and a timely one at that.
Co-manager Dan Looney said: "José reminded us before the game that we never lose on Father's Day, a nice quirk going back four seasons. He was one of three fathers in our team on Sunday, and for him to hit a Grand Slam was something special!"
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Tom Hollies pitched a seven-hit complete game victory to catcher Luis Balcazar, and although it could have gone either way, Hollies helped the cause by picking off two runners in the game to stop any momentum the Knights were building. Early on it was tied at two, then the Badgers took a 3-2 lead into the seventh inning. After a hit, a walk, and a batter hit-by-pitch, the stage was set for Bobadilla's heroics.
Looney added: "We only had four hits in the game, so a lot of credit has to go to Richmond's pitcher. But we did the little things right and took our chances when they came, so we were excited and relieved when José clinched it for us."
In the second game Jon Lansdown pitched to Tom Bray, another complete game win. Bray helped the cause by throwing out a runner attempting to steal second base, and also scoring two runs for Bristol. Even a home run from Knights pitcher Dan Lally could not prevent the Badgers from maintaining their seven game winning streak.
Hollies said: "Once again our fielding was outstanding. Johnathan Brownlee made a great diving catch, Aaron Thomas was his usual rock solid self, and the confidence permeates throughout the team.
"Last year we won our division by scoring lots of runs. This year we are leading again, but it's because of our pitching and fielding."
"Hopefully, we can continue our winning streak next week when we face Richmond again, but we know they'll be eager for revenge."
For more information on the club, visit www.bristolbaseball.co.uk.