Rotary Upends Lions for City Series LeadThe Rotary Reds made a big statement in the 2013 City Series opener, blasting Lions' Cardinals 14-4 in five innings.
Eric Brubaker got the win for Rotary, tossing 2 2/3 innings of two-run ball. Brubaker started and allowed just one hit while striking out seven and walking six batters. Brubaker received lots of run support early on as the Red plated nine runs in the first two innings. Morgan O'Dell had two home runs in the first two innings and drove in five runs. Brennon Nix had a two-run blast in the second inning and Addison Boxx connected for a two-run shot in the third frame. Brubaker had a pair of hits and scored twice. Boxx added a double to his home run. Gage Hill had a pair of singles, two RBIs, and two runs scored. Brady Munter also had a multi-hit game with a single and a double. Munter scored the game's final run.
Rotary Head Coach Jim Husk said the Reds' have had to rely on their bats at times this season, but that even he wasn't prepared for the offensive onslaught.
"It surprised me, although I know my kids can hit. We batted over .300 on the year and we count on that because our weakness, I hate to say it, but pitching. My pitcher was done in 2 2/3 innings. We kind of have to pound it around the yard to get a lead."
On the other side, Gage Roberts led the Cardinals with a 2-2 night and a run scored. Isaac Adams went 1-3 with a run scored and Laten Wayer crossed home plate twice. Lions' only other hit was a single in the fifth inning by Lucas Hoffe. Wayer took the loss for the Cardinals, giving up eight runs on six hits over 1 1/3 innings.
Game Two is set for 7pm on Saturday with Rotary one win away from the championship. The game can be heard on AM 1350 WJBD and WJBDRadio.com.
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