TORONTO - Two big innings made the difference Friday as unbeaten Toronto cruised past Brooke 15-5 at the Knight Baseball Complex.
The Red Knights scored six in the second and another half dozen in the sixth (they sent 10 batters to the plate in both frames) as they ran their early season mark to 6-0.
After connecting for 10 hits in Thursday's win over Catholic Central, Brian Perkins' club collected 17 safeties, four of which went for extra bases. Tyler Antinone drove home two runs with a pair of triples while Blaze Glenn and Nate Stewart each ripped doubles.
"We had some really good at-bats tonight," Perkins said. "Our guys were very patient. They waited for good pitches then took advantage of the situation."
Antinone's initial three-bagger (a shot to deep center) drove home Blaze Glenn (he drew a walk off Brooke starter Heath Hildreth) with the game's first run. Austin Lucas got the six-run second started with single up the middle. Bill Solomon, Blaze Glenn, Chez Glenn and Tyler Owens all knocked in runs during the rally.
Antinone then ripped one up the alley in right-center to get his second RBI. Brad Melville's run scoring single put Toronto ahead to stay at 7-2.
Toronto 15, Brooke 5
Brooke 021 002 - 5 7 2
Toronto 161 016 - 15 17 1
BROOKE (0-8): Hildreth (LP, 3BB 0K) Sole (3, 1BB 0K) Hardisty (6, 1BB 0K) and Harper; Schwertfeger 2S, RBI; Schambach S; Buchmelter S; Sole D; Harper 2S, RBI.
TORONTO (6-0): Melville (WP, 3BB 0K) B. Glenn (4, 3BB 0K) Owens (6, 0BB 1K) and Solomon; Antinone 2T, 2 RBI; Melville 3S, RBI; Lucas 2S, Stewart D, S; Solomon 3S, RBI; Marriner 2S; B. Glenn D, RBI; C. Glenn S, 2RBI; Owens S, RBI.
To their credit, Ron Ujcich's Bruins hung tough. They plated two runs in the top of the sixth to pull with four at 9-5. Ethan Sole doubled to start the inning and scored on Chad Harper's single. Russell Schwertfeger then drove home Harper.
The Red Knights, however, exploded for another six spot in the home half of the inning to ice the win. Two base knocks by Melville, a double by Blaze Glenn and singles off the bats of Stewart, Solomon, John Marriner and Owens keyed the game-ending scoring spurt.
Melville started on the hill for Toronto and earned the victory. He gave way to Blaze Glenn in fourth and Owens took over in the sixth.
"He (Blaze Glenn) took over in a tough situation," Perkins said of his freshman standout. "They had some momentum but he did a nice job and was able to get the outs we needed."
Solomon, Antinone, Melville, Lucas, Stewart and Marriner all had multiple hit games for the Red Knights, who return to action today hosting Lisbon David Anderson in a single game set for a noon start. Originally, the teams were scheduled to play a twin bill.
"Our approach so far to every game has been the same," Perkins noted. "The kids show up ready to play Toronto baseball. They just get after it."
Hildreth took the pitching loss. Sole and David Hardisty also saw mound duty for the Bruins, now 0-8. Brooke hosts Wheeling Central today for a pair of games. The first pitch is scheduled for noon.
Schwertfeger and Harper both had two singles each for the Bruins.