Brozik, defense lead Broncos to 17th CBL win
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
Behind a strong pitching performance by Chris Brozik and error-free defense, the Madison Broncos clubbed Harrisburg 9-0 in Cornbelt League baseball action on Thursday night.|
With the win, the Broncos moved to 17-0 in Cornbelt League play with just one league game remaining.
Brozik pitched seven innings to pick up his fifth win of the season. He gave up seven hits, two walks and struck out six batters.
"My fast ball was working in and out and the curve ball kept them off balance," he said. "(Catcher) Brian Miller called a great game."
While Brozik was keeping Harrisburg in check, the Broncos' offense got on track in the fifth inning. With one out and no one on, Greg Biagi singled. Eric Hortness was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Mitch McNary followed with a single to knock in Biagi for the first run of the game. Hortness moved to third on the hit and scored on a fly-out to right field.
"I knew we would be able to score," Brozik said. "Once we scored, I felt I was in command as I was hitting my spots."
Madison added one run in the sixth frame when Nick Bird hit a round-tripper to put the Broncos up 3-0.
The Broncos scored once in the seventh inning to make it 4-0. Biagi opened the seventh frame with a double and scored on McNary's single.
Brozik left the game with a 4-0 lead and Matt Schoeberl took the mound. He pitched two shutout innings. He gave up one hit and one walk as he finished on the hill for the Broncos.
Madison broke the game open in the eighth inning. Nine batters stepped to the plate and the Broncos scored five runs. The big blow was Matt Burpee's base-clearing double that was just inches from a grand slam.
Madison banged out 11 hits in the game. Biagi had a double, two singles and scored three times. McNary had three singles and two RBIs.
Bird had a home run and Burpee had a double and four RBIs. Getting singles were Miller, Ray Wagner and Jon Waba.
Harrisburg had eight hits in the game. Dalton Allen had a double and two singles while Jason Solma and Chris Stoebner each had a double and a single.
The Broncos preserved the shutout with a game-ending double play. Biagi hauled in a pop-fly in center field for the second out and Allen tried to score from third, but a pinpoint throw from Biagi to Miller was in time to tag out Allen at home plate.
The Broncos did not make an error in the contest.
"There has always been good defense behind me, and that makes everything easier," Brozik said.
Madison (19-2 overall) has one regular-season game left. The Broncos will tentatively go to Harrisburg on Monday night for the final regular-season game (rescheduled from an earlier rain-out).
"We are peaking at the right time," Brozik said.
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