Braves complete comeback


Mike Frederiksen

Roman Visintine drives in a run in Western’s 6-3 loss to Bradley on Tuesday.

Lucas Whitten

PEORIA, Ill. — Due to a bad weather forecast, the Western Illinois baseball team’s game against the Bradley Braves in Peoria was moved from Wednesday to Tuesday in Peoria.

The Braves rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Leathernecks 6-3.

In the bottom of the first inning, the Braves (14-9) scored first with an RBI double to take a quick
1-0 lead.

”I thought it was a big difference from our last midweek game,” said Leathernecks head coach Ryan Brownlee. ”We came out ready to play.”

But the lead didn’t last for long.

The Leathernecks (8-18, 6-3 in Summit League play) tied the game in the second inning after a two-out Roman Visintine single, and the team took a 2-1 lead in the third inning when Adam McGinnis doubled to left-center field to score Connor Currier.

The Leathernecks tacked on a third run in the fourth inning when Colton Pogue hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Chris Tschida and giving the Leathernecks a 3-1 lead.

But after the fourth inning, the Leathernecks would have trouble finding base runners. In the final five innings of the game, Western failed to record a hit or draw a walk. The only base runner the Leathernecks had in the final five innings was Visintine following a hit-by-pitch in the seventh inning.

In the bottom of the sixth, the Braves tied things up, scoring two runs on two hits and an error by the Leathernecks.

But in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Braves took their stand.

With the bases loaded, Carson Weber drew the walk from Leatherneck pitcher Colan Borchers to give Bradley a 4-3 lead.

With two outs and the bases still loaded, Spencer Gaa singled through the left side to score two insurance runs for the Braves and give them the 6-3 victory.

Starting pitcher Sam Cottingham-Beard pitched three solid innings, allowing five hits and one run, while walking a batter and striking out a pair.

Borchers took the loss for the Leathernecks, allowing three earned runs in 1.2 innings on one hit and three walks.

For the Braves, Ben Olson recorded three innings, allowing two runs while walking five batters and striking out two. Nathan Stong earned his first win of the season, throwing two hitless innings and striking out two batters.

Visintine finished his night 2-3 from the plate, knocking in an RBI for the Leathernecks. McGinnis finished with one hit in four attempts, recording an RBI in the matchup.

Scoring runs for Western were Tschida, Currier and Cord Church.

Gaa, Bradley’s third baseman, finished the game 3-4 from the plate, scoring a run and knocking in a pair of RBIs.

Up next for the Leathernecks is a three-game home series against Summit League leading Oral Roberts (17-10, 7-2).