BRADFORD — The Bradford baseball team beat Ansonia in a high-scoring game on Monday, winning the Cross County Conference matchup 15-8.
Both teams came away pleased with their offenses in the game as Bradford pounded out 13 hits and Ansonia recorded 11.
“They played well,” Bradford baseball coach Shane Snyder said of his players. “We’ve been waiting around for this game, to get our bats fired up. We’ve struggled at the plate this year, just trying to get reads on fastballs and curveballs. I thought they handled themselves well at the plate, and they swung the bat real well.”
Ansonia coach Zack Evers also came away happy with his team’s hitting.
“That was great,” Evers said. “We put the ball in play and made them go after it and did some nice things, taking a couple extra bases here and there. It was a good night for us. A couple extra timely hits and we’ve got an even bigger day.”
Ansonia took the lead first as Dane Wentworth was hit by a pitch and Alex Hughes walked in the first inning. After both runners stole a base, Max Muir hit a sacrifice fly and Dalton Subler singled to make it 2-0 Ansonia in the top of the first inning.
Bradford got a run back in the bottom half of the inning with a two-out double by Brandon Wysong and a single by Craig Wyan to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Bradford took its first lead in the second inning as Patrick Wolf led off with a single and advanced to third on an Ansonia error. Rayce Grigg then hit a grounder to score Wolf, tying the game at 2-2.
The bases then were loaded as Daniel Cassell was hit by a pitch and T.J. Pullins and Mason Justice drew back-to-back walks, setting up a consecutive singles by Wysong and Wyan to drive in a pair of runs, giving the Railroaders a 4-2 lead.
Ansonia tied the game in the third inning. Muir and Subler got back-to-back singles with two outs, which was followed with a two-RBI single by Darien Burk to tie the game at 4-4.
Bradford regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning as Mikey Barga led off with a home run. Wolf then walked, stole second, stole third and scored on a passed ball to make it 6-4 Bradford.
The Railroaders added to their lead in the fourth inning with another two-out rally.
Wyan got a two-out triple and scored on a Barga single. After Wolf reached on an error and Troy Huggins singled to load the bases, Grigg drove in three runs with a single for a 10-4 Bradford lead.
Ansonia kept it close as the Tigers added three runs in the fifth. Hughes was hit by a pitched and scored on a single by Muir. Subler and Burk then got back-to-back RBI singles, making it 10-7.
Bradford responded in the bottom of the fifth with three runs of its own. Justice was hit by a pitched, and then Wyan reached on an error, which allowed Justice to score.
Barga then tripled to score Wyan, and Wolf singled to score Barga, making it 13-7.
Bradford added to its lead in the sixth inning with yet another two-out rally. Justice reached on an error and Wysong walked to begin the rally. After Wyan was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Barga walked to bring in a run. Then Wysong scored on a passed ball, making it 15-7.
Ansonia got the final run of the night in the top of the seventh. Muir led off with a single, Subler was hit by a pitch and Burk singled to load the bases. Then Michael Werts hit a RBI single to make it 15-8, which was the final score.
“When they swing the bat, good things happen,” Snyder said. “Fifteen runs and I think we only had two errors. So as long as they limit their errors and they’re aggressive at the plate, we have a great chance of winning.”
Bradford had two errors in the game, and Ansonia had four.
“Our defense has been our demise all season,” Evers said. “When we play great defense then it kind of feeds the offense and everything clicks. But when our defense struggles like it did … Cody did a nice job of getting himself out of a couple jams, but he’s got to throw more strikes. And the guys behind him just got to make those for sure outs. We can’t leave outs out on the field. In a couple innings, we had to get five outs in that inning. We can’t do that. We’re too young of a team to be able to overcome those things yet. We’re getting closer; we’re getting better.”
Barga got the win for Bradford as he pitched a complete game, allowing eight earned runs on 11 hits, three walks and seven strikeouts.
Cody Burnfield was the losing pitcher as he pitched 4.2 innings, allowing four earned runs and nine unearned runs on 11 hits, two walks and one strikeout. Subler pitched 1.1 innings, allowing two unearned runs on two hits, two walks and two strikeouts.
For Bradford Barga went 3-for-4 with a walk, a triple, a home run, three runs scored and four RBI. Wyan was 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored.
Wysong went 2-for-4 with a walk, a RBI and two runs scored. Wolf was 2-for-4 with a walk, a RBI and three runs scored. Huggins went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
For Ansonia Burk was 3-for-4 with three RBI. Subler went 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Muir was 3-for-3 on the day with a RBI and three runs scored. Werts was 1-for-3 with a walk and a RBI.