MEDINA — The Brunswick baseball team had the most at stake Monday against Medina, needing a win to keep pace in the Greater Cleveland Conference.
However, the Bees got six innings of shutout pitching from Ryan Fischer, a few timely hits and good defense in a 4-0 win against their biggest neighborhood rival.
“We finally had some luck today,” Medina coach Nick Kaplack said. “Ryan Fischer threw a phenomenal game and we got big hits from (Josh) Bobey and (David) Haberkorn. It was a fun day.”
Fischer flirted with a no-hitter with four perfect innings but faced adversity in the fifth. With the Bees leading 4-0, Brunswick’s Mike McFadden led off with a fly ball to shallow center. Center fielder Ethan Johnson charged and laid out completely but couldn’t control the ball, resulting in the Blue Devils’ first hit.
Fischer then attempted to pick off McFadden, but his effort sailed high and McFadden went to second. Two outs later, Jacob Scherette worked a walk and both runners moved up on a passed ball. The inning ended when Brunswick designated hitter Derek Kutrubs lined out to center.
Fischer completed his six innings with one more hit allowed, to Cooper Fox, before Jake Johnson relieved for the seventh.
“I was using the curveball at the start of counts,” said Fischer, who threw 87 pitches, “then throwing the changeup and spotting fastballs on the corners.”
The Bees scored three runs in the third. Bobey, a sophomore left fielder making his first career start, blooped a hit to right and moved up on a wild pitch.
The key play came next, as Medina’s Breydan Cavey popped up to the right side of the infield. Catcher Josh Kross and first baseman McFadden collided and the ball popped free.
The Bees’ Nate Lucarelli then grounded hard up the middle. Shortstop Kyle Goessler dove and got a glove on it but couldn’t make a play. Haberkorn singled in two runs and Kyle Adams added a bunt single.
Medina added one more in the fourth inning on an infield hit by Ethan Johnson, a sacrifice bunt by Kyle Maruna and an RBI single by Bobey.
Blue Devils starter Scott Rouse (2-2) allowed six hits and no earned runs on 91 pitches.
“We can’t seem to string hits together, and I think we’re pressing a little,” Brunswick coach Grant Relic said. “Our kids have a lot of weight on their shoulders. Our last two games we gave up four unearned runs to Solon and we only have four hits in the last 11 innings.”
Medina 4, Brunswick 0
BRUNSWICK 000 000 0 — 0 4 1
MEDINA 003 100 0 — 4 6 1
WP— Ryan Fischer (3-2) 6 innings, 4 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts. LP— Scott Rouse (2-2) 5 innings, 4 runs, 0 earned, hit, walk, hit by pitch, 4 strikeouts. Brunswick (8-6, 6-3). Medina (11-7, 5-4) — Josh Bobey 2 singles; Kyle Adams 2 singles; David Haberkorn single, 2 RBIs.