The Bears banged out 15 hits, with the top of the order doing the most damage in a 14-3 victory over Napoleon Friday night in summer high school baseball action at Sumpter Field.
Nolan Kidston and Breven Deckrosh combined to go 7 for 7 at the plate, while the two through six hitters in the Bears’ order accounted for 12 hits, 12 runs and nine RBI.
“When the top of the order is doing that it sets the tone for everyone else,” said Bryan coach Corey Walker. “That was good for our kids.”
Kidston was 4 for 4, while Deckrosh was 3 for 3 with a RBI. Keith Huard was 2 for 3 with 4 RBI and Dylan Dominique added two hits and two RBI.
Bryan got started early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Bears strung five consecutive hits together to plate the four runs.
After an out to start the inning, Nolan Kidston and Breven Deckrosh each singled and were brought home by a double by Huard. Mikey Wolff and Dylan Dominique each followed with RBI singles for the 4-0 lead.
“We came out right away and went after it,” said Walker. “I thought we had good plate discipline, especially with two strikes. We had three guys get hits to drive in runs with two strikes on them. That set the tone for us.”
“That is Bryan baseball,” said Napoleon coach Jason Holubik. “They always have a good approach at the plate, especially with two strikes. Our inability to get that third out really hurt us tonight.
“They hit the ball hard, balls were hammered,” added Holubik. “I can tip my hat when a team just flat out beats us.”
The Bears added five runs in the third to break the game wide open.
The first eight batters reached safely for Bryan, with a runner caught stealing the only blemish. Kidston started the inning with a double and scored on a triple by Breven Deckrosh. An error brought home a run and after a walk, Dominique’s bloop single made it 7-0. Ethan Psurny added an RBI single, while Jase Kepler and Taysen Deckrosh each singled to load the bases.
After a force at home for the second out of the inning, a passed ball made it 9-0 before an infield fly ended the inning.
Napoleon cracked the scoreboard in the fourth inning, taking advantage of two throwing errors in the infield to plate one run. However, the Bears plated two runs in the bottom of the inning. Kidston singled to lead off the inning and Breven Deckrosh followed with a double. Both runners scored on wild pitches.
The Wildcats kept the game going by scoring a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Zack Rosebrook started it off with a one-out single and Jarrett Gerdeman followed with a walk. Angelo Gonzales doubled home both runners, but was thrown out at third attempting to stretch the play into a triple.
Bryan closed the game in the bottom of the fifth, with Kidston singling in a run and Huard hitting his second two-run double of the game to force the mercy rule.
Bryan is now 2-4 for the summer. The Bears return home Monday to face Antwerp for a 7:15 start.
Napoleon falls to 2-2 on the summer. The Wildcats will host Archbold Tuesday at 6 p.m.