Small school makes big impression

Published 11:58 pm Monday, May 2, 2005

By By ERIKA PICKLES / NIles Daily Star
NILES - When a Class C school faces schools from class A and B, most people can pretty much predict the outcome. But if they predicted the Branywine baseball team to fall in the Wayland Tournament on Saturday, they might want to rethink their decision.
The Bobcats, who were the smallest team in the tournament, traveled to Wayland to face two Class A schools and one Class B and made it to the championship game.
In game one, Brandywine faced Traverse City West and knocked it down fast winning 10-1.
Josh Atwood was on fire offensively hitting two home runs and Korey Bridges brought in three RBIs.
Bridges, who is now 4-3, struck out right players and scattered five hits. Bridges was the winning pitcher against Jon Stewart.
Top hitters for Brandywine were Alex Newman, Matt Weiger and Alan Schoff all with doubles and multiple hits, Bridges with three RBIs and Atwood with two home runs.
In the second game the Bobcats picked up the 9-4 win over Byron Center.
Jake Harris was the winning pitcher for Brandywine and picked up his third win of the year and is now 3-3.
Bridges was a top hitter for the Bobcats with three hits and two RBIs. Justin Ely also had two hits and four RBIs and Kevin Curran added three hits.
In the championship game, the Bobcats fell to Portage Northern 16-4.
The game was called due to mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth.
Justin Ely was the losing pitcher for Brandywine and picked up two hits. Atwood also had two hits and Noah Udell had two RBIs.
The Bobcats, now 8-11 overall, will travel to Berrien Springs on Tuesday for a Lakeland Conference doubleheader set to begin at 4 p.m.