By David Wheeler/NEMS Daily Journal
SALTILLO – Being patient is a good way to describe the Bruce Trojans this season, and also their game Thursday in the Saltillo Tournament.
The Trojans overcame two-run deficits twice against Amory, including the bottom of the seventh inning with a game-winning hit by Jake Yarbrough for a 5-4 victory.
“We’ll take a win any way we can get it, and they did an outstanding job today,” said Bruce coach Josh Dowdy, whose Trojans began the season 0-4, but have now won four in a row. ” “I told them in the seventh inning we needed base runners, and they came through.”
Bruce (4-4) entered its last at bat trailing 4-2 against Amory starter Tanner Poole, who had been solid through six innings of work. But in the bottom of the seventh, the first four Trojans reached base, including a double by Jay King.
With a run across because of a bases-loaded walk, Poole recovered for the moment with a strike out, and induced a short pop to left field. But a run scored on a wild pitch to tie the contest, then Yarbrough connected on a pitch, sending it to left field to push across the winning run.
“Bruce is a good club, and they didn’t give up today,” Amory coach Chad Williams said. “For our part, we’d better show up every game, or we’ll get beat any given day.”
Amory (7-3) jumped to a quick 2-0 lead on Bruce starter King. Destin Hahn had a run-scoring double, and Daniel Simpson had an RBI single.
King settled down in the middle innings, until Amory added a pair of runs in the sixth on a sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Forest Williams.
After only getting two hits the first four innings, Bruce broke through on the scoreboard in the fifth frame on a two-run home run by Chase Clark, who also pitched the seventh inning to earn the win for the Trojans.