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OTTAWA — While the Ottawa and St. Bede baseball teams were happy to finally get outside for Thursday’s game in Ottawa, only the Bruins were thrilled with the end result.
In the season opener for both teams, St. Bede rode its pitching to a 6-1 victory over Ottawa at King Field.
Combined, St. Bede’s Damin Smith, Brad Groleau and Brandon Pietrowski held the Pirates to five hits and the one earned run.
“I was really happy with our pitchers today,” SBA coach John Bellino said. “They threw strikes and kept Ottawa off-balance at the plate. Ottawa made a couple mistakes and today we were able to take advantage of those mistakes.”
The Pirates wasted little time to start Thursday’s game.
In the bottom of the first, Ottawa’s Michael Hermosillo doubled and later scored on Kyle Wallbaum’s double down the first base line.
However, from there, it was all St. Bede.
The Bruins struck back in the third when Sam Lucas’s RBI single scored Jake Postula to tie the game at 1-1.
Ottawa threatened in the third and fourth innings but were unable to score as St. Bede’s pitching and defense made the plays needed to shut down any Pirate rallies.
The Bruins took the lead in the sixth thanks to Ottawa errors.
In the inning, Pietrowski reached on a Pirate error before Austin Schwab singled to center. Smith then reached on another Pirate error to load the bases with no outs.
SBA pinch hitter Stephen Ebener put the Bruins ahead for good with a two-run double to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead.
“That was a huge at-bat there for Ebener,” Bellino said. “He really battled and then picked up the big hit.”
The Bruins added another run in the inning when Ottawa tried to turn a double play but the relay throw was off at first allowing Michael Bellino to score and make the game 4-1.
“I’m a bit disappointed because we had a pair of routine ground balls that we booted,” said Ottawa coach Don Heaberlin of the sixth inning.
“I thought our pitchers battled and then the defense let them down. When you haven’t been outside that much you have to rely on pitching and defense and we didn’t get the defense in that inning and St. Bede took advantage of it.”
Pietrowski and Schwab both drove in runs in the seventh as the Bruins came away with a 6-1 victory over the Pirates.
Logan Bima led St. Bede with two hits, while Pietrowski earned the win on the mound.
Tabor Griglione had two hits for Ottawa, while Tony Gondolfi took the loss.