By Corey B. Elliot
SPEEDWAY — The Tri-West Bruins came out on the winning side of last Saturday morning’s baseball matchup with the Speedway Sparkplugs, 8-1.
The Bruins (6-5) and Sparkplugs (8-3) were both struggling to find their rhythm at the plate until a five-run fourth inning lifted the Bruins past Speedway in what would eventually be the deciding moment of the game.
The Bruins were up 1-0 in what was shaping up to be a struggle for both teams at the plate after junior Austin Lynn struck out with the bases loaded.
But the fourth inning was a different story as senior Dustin Burks sparked a momentum swing that favored Tri-West after he sent Speedway pitcher Quentin Billington’s pitch off the left field fence.
From that point on, it was Tri-West’s game to lose. Both teams were coming off Friday night games, but Speedway was on the back end of a rigorous stretch in its schedule, playing its fourth game in less than 48 hours.
Speedway, despite having a solid season thus far, was struggling to find the same rhythm at the plate.
“Our bats were just bad today,” Speedway coach Marcus McCormick said. “We had a couple of guys that didn’t perform and baseball is contagious. Tri-West is a good baseball team and they hit the baseball real well. Their seven, eight and nine guys, we couldn’t get them out.”