In the bottom of the second, Aaron Hampton reached home as did Kyle Bates and Poynter — for the second time — as Bethesda trailed 8-4.
But that would be as close as the Patriots would come to knocking off the 2013 Hendricks County champions.
Tri-West scored three more in the third and then put five runs on the board in the fifth to close out the game.
The Bruins began with Lynn on the mound for two innings and brought in Dallas Wolfe for two innings and closed with Simmons.
Wolfe finished with 4 Ks and Simmons struck out all three Bethesda batters in the bottom of the fifth.
“Lynn and Wolfe threw well and it’s nice to see them coming off the bench and out of the bullpen ready to throw strikes and get ahead in the count,” Oppy said of the pitching effort. “When our pitchers get ahead in the count they do well and when they don’t they tend to struggle a bit. Simmons there in the last half of the inning came in and just threw strikes and we finished them.”
The recipe for the Patriots to improve as they head to sectional play at the end of the month is a simple one according to their coach.
“I talked to the guys that if we cut down our errors, we are in a lot of these games we’ve lost,” Mlagan said. “Our guys are hitting well and pitching well this season and it just all comes down to the fundamentals.”