BRUNSWICK — The Medina baseball team absorbed the first shot from Brunswick but rallied to deliver a team effort Tuesday and steal a 5-3 victory in Greater Cleveland Conference action.
The Bees (12-7, 6-4) scored the game’s final five runs over the final four innings to move into a tie with Brunswick (8-7, 6-4). Medina has won four of its last five games.
“We just fought through it,” Bees senior Breydan Cavey said. “At third base, I like to tell our pitchers to compete. We didn’t score until the fourth inning, but we just competed after that.”
With Medina down 3-0, Cavey jumpstarted a fourth-inning rally with a leadoff single. His hustle paid off when he beat a throw to second on a Nate Lucarelli grounder.
Designated hitter Bryce Vogel moved both runners with a bunt, and center fielder Kyle Adams ripped a double to center that scored Cavey and Kaedin Andrasik, who pinch ran for Lucarelli. Adams scored when right fielder Ethan Johnson executed the second sacrifice of the inning to tie the game 3-3.
“I felt like our guys were just having fun. They never put their head down,” Bees coach Nick Kaplack said. “Our offense clicked today. We re-established the bunt, delayed steals, and that’s what put runs on the board.”
Lucarelli swiped Medina its first lead in the sixth. After being hit by a Noah Herron pitch to start the inning, the senior stole second base. Then when the third strike to Vogel got away from catcher Josh Kross, Lucarelli waited for the throw to first before racing to third.
First baseman Mike McFadden’s throw short-hopped third and rolled to the fence, and Lucarelli scored to put the Bees ahead 4-3.
“(Lucarelli) timed that up perfect. Otherwise, you don’t make it or force him to rush the throw,” Kaplack said. “He put the pressure on and scored. That was a big one.”
Cavey added a double in the seventh that scored shortstop Jake Johnson.
“(Monday), I didn’t do so hot,” Cavey said. “So today I was just trying to hit solid contact wherever it would go, and with this wind I was focused on opposite field.”
Brunswick started the scoring in the second. Left fielder Jacob Scherette and right fielder Cooper Fox drew one-out walks and junior Scott Rouse was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs.
Shortstop Kyle Goessler drove a sharply hit ball off starting pitcher Eric Bertulies to score Scherette. Leadoff hitter Derek Kutrubs followed with a two-run double to center to bring home Fox and Rouse.
“We haven’t been able to put a crooked number in an inning, and it’s almost like we put one up and we thought we were good for the rest of the game,” said Brunswick coach Grant Relic, whose team stranded 13. “We left the bases loaded a couple of times, (left runners at) second and third.”
Bees relief pitcher Austin Wieczorek earned the win with 2⅓ scoreless innings before giving way to Dominic Rahe, who struck out the side in the seventh to earn the save.
Medina 5, Brunswick 3
MEDINA 000 301 1 — 5 8 0
BRUNSWICK 030 000 0 — 3 7 1
WP — Austin Wieczorek (3-1) 2⅓ innings, 0 runs, 2 hits, 4 walks, strikeout. LP — Noah Herron (0-3) 6⅓ innings, 4 runs, 4 earned, 7 hits, 4 walks, hit by pitch, 5 strikeouts. S — Dominic Rahe (1) 1⅓ innings, 0 runs, 0 hits, walk, 4 strikeouts. Medina (12-7, 6-4) — Josh Bobey single, double; Breydan Cavey 2 singles, double, run, RBI; Kyle Adams double, walk, run, stolen base; Brenden Stewart 3 singles. Brunswick (8-7, 6-4) — Derek Kutrubs single, walk, 2 RBIs; Jacob Scherette single, 2 walks, run; Kyle Goessler single, double, walk, RBI.