BRUNSWICK — There was a burning question to be answered, and the answer wasn’t clear.
Which group was more excited for freebies: The little guys who devoured pizza on youth day or the Brunswick varsity players who were handed a week’s worth of scoring opportunities by rival Medina?
One thing is for sure. Both went home happy.
The Bees’ pitching and defense imploded Monday, and the Blue Devils gladly took advantage en route to an ugly but satisfying 10-3 Greater Cleveland Conference victory.
Medina (9-11, 2-5) walked 11, hit four and committed seven errors, but Brunswick (9-7, 6-3) ensured blowout status with four RBI singles among six hits and also got a quality effort from starter Jack Gleske.
“It’s a good steppingstone for us at Brunswick,” right fielder Frank Ciacchi said. “It’s a good motivator to keep going late in the season. It’s always good to beat rivals.”
The Blue Devils scored three runs apiece in the second, third and fifth innings, and five of the first six runs were unearned. Four of the five Bees pitchers threw more balls than strikes, and a bases-loaded diving catch by center fielder J.T. Scoarste kept the game from being lopsided early.
Brunswick left the bases loaded three times but otherwise had a solid approach of staying patient and attacking when ahead in the count. Ciacchi was the epitome of that with a single, walk, hit by pitch, two RBIs and two runs.
Eight of the nine batters reached base twice. Mik Williams, Brian Hama and Ciacchi scored two runs apiece, while Brandon Szopo, Brandon Kenik, Kyle Goessler and Ciacchi drove in runs.
“We were swinging at good pitches and taking advantage of strikes,” Ciacchi said. “We were capitalizing instead of hitting ground balls.”
Scoarste’s defense was a bright spot for Medina, and the powerful 2-3-4 combination of Hunter Havekost (3-for-4), Cade Pipoly (1-for-3, double) and Trace Peterson (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) accounted for two runs in the second inning.
But the Bees ran their season error total to 82, including 57 in 11 losses.
“We’re not playing quality ‘D,’ and when your defense is not making routine plays, your pitching has to throw more,” said coach Nick Kaplack, who praised Scoarste’s efforts. “We’ve just got to get more crisp.”
Even if the Bees had played solid defense, Gleske (2-1, 2.42 ERA) kept them off-balance. The left-hander went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits with two walks and a strikeout.
“We’re looking for guys who are going to step up,” first-year coach Grant Relic Jr. said. “He’s really done well the last couple outings.”
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Brunswick 10, Medina 3
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BRUNSWICK 023 031 x — 10 6 1
WP — Jack Gleske (2-1) 6 innings, 2 runs, 2 earned, 6 hits, 2 walks, strikeout. LP — John Kalucis (1-2) 1