Broncos take two from Gamecocks to remain unbeaten in CBL
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
The Madison Broncos need one more win to wrap up the Cornbelt League regular-season championship. The Broncos have four Cornbelt League games remaining -- at Salem, at home against Dell Rapids PBR and Harrisburg, and at Harrisburg -- before the District Tournament starts.|
The Broncos moved their CBL record to 14-0 with a doubleheader win over the Humboldt-Hartford Gamecocks on Sunday afternoon at Flynn Field.
Madison won the opening game 2-0 behind a strong pitching performance from Chris Brozik. The veteran left-hander fired a two-hitter to pick up the complete-game victory. He gave up six walks and struck out nine batters in seven innings.
Matt Burpee supplied the offensive power for the Broncos. In the bottom of the second inning, Burpee smashed a solo home run over the left-field fence to give Madison a 1-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, Burpee just missed a second home run. He blasted one off the fence for a stand-up double. He then scored on a single by Brian Miller.
Madison ended the game with five hits. Burpee had a home run, a double, scored two runs and had an RBI. Brian Miller had two singles and an RBI while Trent Miller had a single for the winners.
In the nightcap, Madison jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning and never looked back, posting a 9-4 win to stay unbeaten in Cornbelt League action.
The big blow of the first inning for the Broncos was a two-RBI double by Ray Wagner.
The Gamecocks scored once in the bottom of the first.
Madison broke open the game in the fifth inning. With one out, Jordan Brown and Doug Iverson hit back-to-back singles. Greg Biagi followed with an RBI double. Eric Hortness followed with a two-RBI single to put the Broncos up 6-1. Hortness scored later in the inning on a passed ball as Madison stretched its lead to 7-1.
Humboldt-Hartford scored three times in the sixth inning to pull to within three, 7-4.
The Broncos scored twice in the seventh inning. With the bases loaded, Brian Miller singled to knock in one run. Trevor Johnson followed with a single to drive in the final run of the game.
Madison had nine hits off two Gamecock pitchers. Brian Miller had a double and a single for the Broncos. Wagner had a double and two RBIs while Biagi had a double. Hortness had a single and two RBIs. Iverson, Johnson, Brown and Nick Bird each had a single for Madison.
Matt Schoeberl went the distance (seven innings) to pick up the win. He gave up four hits, walked three and struck out three.
"We talked about not taking this team lightly and they would be ready to play," manager Trent Miller said. "These are two big wins for us, and we are now one game away from locking up the league."
After having a week off, both pitchers had shaky beginnings on Sunday but were able to fight through it.
"Both of them struggled but by the third inning they both settled down," Miller said.
Madison (14-0 in CBL play and 16-2 overall) will go to Salem on Tuesday night to face the Cubs in a huge CBL contest. Earlier this season, Madison downed the Cubs 14-8.
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