BRADFORD – The Bradford baseball team split its season opening doubleheader with Northridge on Saturday.
Bradford began its season with a 10-2 victory over Northridge in the opener.
Northridge started the game with two runs in the top half of the first inning but was held scoreless the rest of the game. Bradford responded with five runs in the bottom half of the first inning.
Parker Smith led off with a double for Bradford and he scored moments later on a passed ball. Alex Swabb, who walked, tied the score at 2-2 on a wild pitch.
Bryson Canan drew a two-out walk, Dillon Reck singled, and Josh Phillips came through with a RBI single to put Bradford up 3-2.
Chase Gambill then drove in two runs with a single, putting the Railroaders up 5-2.
Bradford added to its lead in the second inning. Smith singled, stole second and third and then scored on a grounder by Mason Justice, making it 6-2.
In the third inning Reck walked and then scored moments later on a single by Gambill. Bryant Byers drove in Gambill with a double, making it 8-2.
Bradford continued its hot start to the season with a fourth consecutive inning with a run. Justice singled and scored on a single by Canan, increasing the Railroader advantage to 9-2.
Bradford’s final run of the game came in the sixth inning. With two outs Justice was hit by a pitch, and he then scored on a triple by Walker Branson, ultimately giving Bradford a 10-2 victory.
Bradford has 11 hits and no errors in the game while Northridge had 10 hits and one error.
Gambill led the Railroaders by going 3-for-3, driving in three runs and scoring a run. Smith was 2-for-4 with a double, stole three bases and scored two runs. Branson was 1-for-3 with a triple and a RBI.
Byers was 1-for-3 with a double and a RBI. Justice was 1-for-3, was hit by a pitch, stole three bases, drove in a run and scored two runs. Reck was 1-for-2 with a walk and two runs.
Canan went 1-for-3 with a walk and a RBI. Phillips was 1-for-3 with a RBI and a run. Swabb walked twice and scored a run. Gaven Trevino scored a run.
Phillips pitched the complete game for Bradford, allowing two runs on 10 hits, three walks and five strikeouts.
Bradford lost the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader 15-14.
After both teams scored a run in the first inning, Bradford scored eight in the third and two in the fourth to go up 11-1. Northridge avoided a run rule by scoring two runs in the top half of the fifth.
The Polar Bears then added eight runs in the sixth inning and four in the seventh. Bradford, which scored a single run in each of the final three innings, fell one run short in the 15-14 loss.
The Railroaders had 13 hits and three errors while the Polar Bears had 10 hits and one error.
Smith led Bradford in game two by going 4-for-4 with a triple, a walk, two stolen bases, a RBI and three runs. Byers was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs. Branson went 2-for-3 with two walks, a RBI and three runs.
Canan was 2-for-5 with a RBI. Justice went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run and two RBI. Swabb scored in two runs and scored a run.
Phillips was 1-for-2 with a walk and three RBI. Reck was 1-for-4 with a walk, a RBI and two runs. Gambill walked once and scored a run. Eric Sanders scored a run, Clay Layman scored a run, and Jeff Wolf drew a walk.
Smith pitched five innings, allowing one earned run and two unearned runs on four hits, no walks and six strikeouts. Larkin Painter pitched a third of an inning, allowing four earned runs on no hits, three walks and two hit batters.
Swabb pitched a third of an inning, allowing four earned runs on three hits, three walks and a strikeout. Sanders, who was charged with the loss, pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing three earned runs and one unearned run on three hits, one walk and two strikeouts.
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