Broncos chalk up another Cornbelt League win
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
The Madison Broncos continued their winning ways on Thursday night with a 10-7 victory over Dell Rapids PBR at Flynn Field in Cornbelt League amateur baseball action.|
Madison improved to 16-0 in league action with just two regular-season games remaining.
Being unbeaten in the league is important for the team, but winning each game is even more important.
"It is important to us to win," said Greg Biagi. "We want to win and we love winning; we take it one game at a time."
Without the aid of a hit, PBR struck early. In the top of the first inning, PBR pushed two runs across the plate to take the early advantage 2-0. However, their lead did not last long.
Madison sent nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the first and scored four times to grab a 4-2 lead after one inning. The big blow was a two-run homer by Matt Burpee over the right-field fence.
Dell Rapids added a run in the second frame and trailed 4-3 heading into the bottom of the second.
Biagi opened the inning with a double, Eric Hortness followed with a single, and Mitch McNary singled to drive in Biagi.
Hortness scored on a ground-out and McNary scored on a single by Nick Bird as the Broncos stretched their lead to 7-3.
Madison added two more runs in the third inning. McNary delivered a two-out, two-RBI single to put Madison on top 9-3.
Neither team scored until the sixth frame, when PBR scored twice to pull to within four, 9-5.
Madison pushed a run across the plate in the seventh frame. Burpee doubled with one out and later scored on a fielder's choice by Bird to give Madison a 10-5 lead.
Dell Rapids tacked on two more runs in the eighth inning to make the final score read 10-7.
Madison banged out 19 hits off three Dell Rapids hurlers.
Biagi was able to get on base all six times he was up to bat. He had two doubles, two singles, walked twice (once intentional) and scored three runs to power the Broncos' offensive attack. Biagi, the lead-off hitter for Madison, knows he needs to get on base.
"It is extremely important to get on base any how and any way," Biagi said. "I am getting the barrel of the bat on the ball and seeing the ball well. There is a little luck also."
McNary had a double, two singles and four RBIs. Burpee had a home run, a double and two RBIs. Jon Waba had a double and a single, while Bird had three singles and two RBIs.
Hortness added two singles. Brian Miller, Trent Miller and Ray Wagner each had a single for the winners.
Madison has made the transition from aluminum bats to wood bats very well, but it takes a lot of batting practice before the game to hit this well.
"We take a lot of cuts before the game to get ready for the night," Biagi said.
Dell Rapids had 11 hits off two Madison hurlers. Dan Konrad had a double and a single, and Kevin Krull had a double for PBR.
McNary worked the first five innings and picked up the win for the Broncos. He gave up three hits, three runs, allowed six walks and struck out two. Hortness finished on the hill for Madison and pitched four innings. He gave up eight hits, four runs and had two strikeouts.
Krull, PBR's starter, went two innings and suffered the loss. Konrad and Nate Henry were also on the mound for PBR.
Madison (18-2 overall) will host Harrisburg on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Flynn Field.
"We are peaking at the right time and hopefully we will get even better as the playoffs begin," Biagi said.