OMAHA, Neb. – Midland University’s baseball team took a one-game break from conference play on Tuesday to face off with a familiar, and formidable, opponent.
The Warriors (18-20) couldn’t match up with host (RV) Bellevue (29-14) as the Bruins cruised to a 13-1 victory in seven innings at Brown Park, completing the season sweep of their nearby competitors.
“We fell behind early and weren’t able to make enough quality pitches or put together enough quality at bats to make the game competitive,” said Midland head coach Chad Miller. “This was a chance to give some playing time to some players who haven’t gotten as many opportunities.”
Bellevue scored early and scored often as the Bruins quickly grabbed four runs in the first inning off of Midland starter James Ward. The Bruins tallied four hits in just the first frame alone, and didn’t stop there.
The Bruins scored one run in the second inning and chased Ward from the game, who gave way to Tyler Seebaum. Bellevue plated five more runs in the third inning on five hits, highlighted by a two-run home run from JT Patterson that put Bellevue up 10-0.
Sophomore pitcher and recent developmental team call-up Devyn Cary replaced Seebaum to start the fourth inning and held the Bruins scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings. Cary allowed a leadoff double but managed to escape his first varsity inning of work unscathed.
It was the only run the Warriors managed as they suffered from missed opportunities in the game, leaving six runners stranded on base and two in the fifth inning alone.
Cary surrendered three hits in the sixth inning, but a costly two-out error gave the Bruins extra chances that led to three unearned runs in the inning, pushing the lead back to 13-1. The sophomore held the Bruins without an earned run for three innings after what had been a treacherous start to the game for Warrior pitchers.
“Devyn went three strong innings,” Miller said. “That was definitely a bright spot in an otherwise subpar performance.”
The Warriors went quietly in the seventh and dropped their second game to Bellevue on the season.
Patterson, Cody Banks, and Stuart Eurich each registered three-hit games for the Bruins while Austin Alexander and Kory Longaker each tallied two hits. Patterson and Eurich led the way with three RBIs apiece.
Bryan Smith and Dakota Thornton each had two-hit ball games for the Warriors as Abdelnour provided the only RBI. Petyon Garbers found base twice as he went 1-2 and drew the only walk of the game for the Warriors.
Midland was outmatched again by Bellevue after losing to the Bruins 11-3 in a single game on March 20 that was played at Millard North High School. The Bruins are playing as well as any team in the country, now with an impressive run that has seen them win 22 of their last 23 games, dating back to a win over Warner (Fla.) on March 9.
The Warriors are preparing to wrap up their 2019 regular season and have a big couple of weeks in front of them that could decide their fate in the GPAC tournament.
“We have a lot in front of us yet as we head down the home stretch of the regular season,” Miller said. “I am confident we will play good baseball and give ourselves a chance to play in some meaningful games over the next few weeks.”
Midland travels to Sioux City, Iowa this week for separate doubleheaders with the Briar Cliff Chargers (20-19, 10-10 GPAC) on Thursday April 18 and Saturday April 20. First pitch for game one on Thursday is set for 1:00 p.m.