Bryan’s ACME baseball team kept its roll going by defeating the Hilltop Cadets 10-3 at Sumpter Field in Bryan on Saturday.
The game was originally scheduled to go nine innings, but was called after six due to the Bryan Fire Department setting up fireworks nearby for town’s Day in the Park celebration.
Hilltop and Bryan played to a 1-1 stalemate after three innings of Saturday’s game, but during the bottom of the fourth, Bryan’s bats woke up to produce three runs. Logan Clemens hit a triple to score Nate Miller, Clemens later scored on a wild pitch and Benny Roebuck tagged up and scored on a Noah Tressler sacrifice fly to give the Bears a 4-1 lead.
Hilltop, however, countered during the top of the fifth with a pair of runs from Kaiden Clendenin and Connor Schlosser to close Bryan’s lead to 4-3.
Bryan’s offense exploded during the bottom of the fifth, as the Bears racked up six runs during the inning to take a 10-3 advantage, which they would hold until the end of the game.
Both Bryan and Hilltop used three different pitchers in the game. Roebuck got the start for Bryan and threw two hitless innings with five strikeouts, while Clemens relieved him for two innings and Trevor Ward for two more.
“Benny set the tone, pitching-wise,” Bryan coach Doug Williamson said. “He was pitching real well the first two innings. We’re just trying to get some extra pitchers in and get an extra game in. That’s why we were trying to play nine and switch every two innings, because we haven’t had a lot of games to throw.”
Clendenin started for Hilltop on the mound. He went three innings and surrendered three runs and five hits. Jay Garrett relieved him for 1 1/3 innings and Ian Hoffman tossed the final 2/3 of an inning.
Hilltop coach Isaac VanArsdalen said there are lot of growing pains with his team right now, considering how young and inexperienced it is, but right now, it’s all about shoring up the little things.
“Our boys know what Bryan is,” VanArsdalen said. “They’re a good ball team, so I didn’t expect our boys to be intimidated at all. That’s what I like about our guys. ... But some kids on the team know what perfect baseball looks like and then there’s kids on the team that don’t know ... and that’s what I’m trying to teach the kids that haven’t played since fifth or sixth grade.”