WELLSBURG - For the second straight night, the Linsly baseball team traveled north and for the second straight night it went home with a satisfying win. Linsly beat Madonna Monday 10-5 and Tuesday night it invaded the Brooke Bruins' diamond and downed the hosts 12-7.
The Cadets used a similar technique in each game - timely hitting, taking advantage of opposition mistakes and enough pitching to bring their win total to 17 in 19 games.
"We didn't field the ball real well early and that hurt us, but these kids just played the whole game, kept swinging and kept going at them," said Cadet coach Larry Cartwright. "My senior lefty had some time off because of a sore elbow, but he came back tonight and pitched four strong innings for us so that's a real good sign."
He was referring to Momo Felt, who got the win by easily disposing of the Bruins in the first four innings allowing three runs on three hits while striking out three.
Cartwright brought in seldom used right hander, Domenic Ellis, who gave up four runs to the Bruins - three in the fifth inning and another in the bottom of the seventh.
By the time Ron Ujcich's Brooke club dented home plate in the fourth inning, the Cadets already had a 6-0 lead.
"Our pitchers gave up too many walks," said Ujcich, whose Bruins dropped to 3-15 . "You can't defend walks and when you put players on base and the other team gets a hit here and there like they did tonight it puts a damper on you.
"But our kids didn't quit. That's good. We're looking for improvement from these guys each day and that's some improvement that we saw that we liked. They battled to the end. We even scored in the seventh inning."
By that time, though, the Cadets had built a 12-6 lead.
Linsly broke through against starting Brooke pitcher Austin Schambaugh in the third inning when it sent nine batters to the plate. After Justin Lee singled to start the inning, Schambaugh walked three straight Cadets forcing in three runs.
Ujcich brought in Dave Hardesty to pitch and he promptly walked the first two batters he faced, forcing home another run. Linsly plated the fourth run of the inning when Logan Goodnight hit a sacrifice fly to center field.
The Cadets scored two more runs in the fourth inning, three in the sixth and three more in the seventh.
Colton Coss and Dillon Curtin led the Linsly offensive attack with three hits apiece. One of Coss' hits was a run scoring triple to center field. Arien Seymour had a double and single and two RBIs. Jameson Murray had a hit and two RBIs and while Ellis didn't get a hit, he helped his own cause with two RBIs.
The Bruins collected eight hits with Russell Schwertfeger getting three of them, two singles and a double. Hardesty singled and drove in two runs while Schambaugh, Kellen Welch, Chad Harper and Alec Buchmelter each singled.
Ujcich used four pitchers with Hardesty, who took the loss, making two relief appearances.
The Bruins go on the road today with a visit to Ed Bowman Field to play Madonna while the Cadets return home to play Wheeling Central.
Linsly 12, Brooke 7
Linsly 004 203 3 - 12 14 3
Brooke 000 330 1 - 7 8 1
LINSLY (17-2): Felt (WP, 3R, 3H, 3K), Ellis (5, 4R, 5, 4BB, 4K) and Curtin. Coss 2S, 2B, 2RBI, 3R; Curtin 3S, 3R; Seymour 2B, S, 2RBI, 3R; Lee 2B, S, 2R; Felt 2S, Murray S, 2RBI, Ellis 2RBI.
BROOKE (3-15): Schambach (4R, 2H, 3BB, WP), Hardesty (3, LP, 5R, 8H, 2BB, WP); Sole (6, 3R, 3H, 2BB, K), Hardesty (7,1BB), Johnson (7, H, K) and Harper. Schwertfeger 2S, 2B, RBI, 2R; Hardesty S, 2RBI; Kurcina RBI; Walker RBI; Schambaugh S; Welch S; Harper S, 2R; Buchmelter S, R.