The Denver Browns improved to 4-0 on their Mother’s Day matchup at Englewood High School with a 7-3 victory over the Red Sox (1-4). The Browns benefitted from a 14 strikeout gem from starting pitcher Nate Barns. Sunday’s start was Barns’ second with at least 10 k’s this year at Englewood High.
The Browns scoring started off early with a lead-off home run to left field from shortstop Jordan Bruns, his second homer of the year. The Red Sox fired back in the bottom half of the first with a pair of quick runs off of Barns, but the Browns offense kicked it into high gear in the second inning. Right Fielder Matt Huggins, who is hitting .667/.727/1.778 after Sunday, lead off the inning with his second double of the year. Huggins was then driven home on an RBI single by catcher Daniel Neumann, his seventh RBI of the season. Two batters later, second baseman Matthew Barker stretched out an infield single to short that resulted in a throwing error scoring Neumann and advancing Steve Gunnel from first to third base. Trace Marsden finished the scoring for the inning with a Sac Fly that scored Gunnel, bringing the score 3-2 Browns.
In the bottom half of the second inning Barns turned on the jets, striking out the side and setting the expectation for the rest of the squad that it was their game to win.
Sundays game was the third straight game where the Browns were forced to rally back from an early deficit. Fortunately though, Browns Manager Michael Onisko puts serious firepower in his lineup each week and the Browns never appear to panic. “I have a great amount of confidence in these guys at the plate,” Onisko said after the game on Sunday. “You don’t often get the luxury to hit 11 or 12 guys in a game without a single hole.”
A performance that shouldn’t be lost in the mix this week is the continued dominance of relief pitcher Lee Busto. The Heritage High School product joined the Browns this season after playing with the Joplin Blasters in 2016. Busto has appeared in all four of the Browns games this season and has yet to give up a base hit, striking out 7 batters in 9 innings of relief with a .11 WHIP.
The Browns next game will be against the Redhawks (2-1) on Sunday May 21 at 9 am back at Englewood High School.
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