BRIDGMAN — Bridgman made its share of mistakes in Wednesday’s baseball doubleheader against Hartford, but came away with some big positives, including the wins.
Bridgman defeated Hartford 10-7 and 6-3 in the non-conference doubleheader.
“It wasn’t our cleanest performance,” Bridgman coach Justin Hahaj said. “I think we lacked a little focus, but we ended up doing enough to get the victories.”
Neither team threw its top pitchers in the non-league contests, but that gave two freshmen opportunities for Bridgman (14-8). Nate Necas got the win in the opener, and Dylan Reisig was the winning pitcher in game two.
“We were down to two freshmen, but they went out there and competed and did a really nice job,” Hahaj said. “That type of experience is priceless for those kids, to pitch in a varsity baseball game, because we don’t have a JV team. This is very good for the future.”
Jackson Schmaltz led Bridgman offensively with a double in the opener and three hits in game two. The Bees also were happy to have back multi-sport standout Hunter Adams, who got his first action of the season Tuesday against Comstock. Adams tore both his ACLs this season, one in football and the other in basketball.
“It’s hard to express how much it helps the baseball team to have him back,” Hahaj said. “To see a kid go through two ACLs in one year, and work hard enough to get back for baseball season, it better light a fire under everybody.”
Hartford (12-14) also rested key pitchers. Evan Delarosa took the loss in game one, but was strong at the plate with three hits and two RBIs.
“Pitching it didn’t matter, we just threw whoever,” Hartford coach Gary Ackerman said. “Save the arms for the districts. All in all, I’m happy.”
Hartford had an injury scare as shortstop and leadoff hitter Joey Lemkuhl left the game after getting hit in the head.
That left the Indians relying heavily on Trey Ackerman and Aaron Sinclair at the top of the lineup in game two.
“They play an integral part of the game, for sure,” coach Ackerman said.
Bridgman 10, Hartford 7
Hartford 200 022 1 — 7 5 2
Bridgman 311 212 x — 10 6 4
WP — Nate Necas. LP — Evan Delarosa.
Top hitters — Hartford: Delarosa 3 1b, 2 RBIs. Bridgman: Jackson Schmaltz 2b; Kristian Dalton 2 1b.
Bridgman 6, Hartford 3
Hartford 200 010 0 — 3 2 2
Bridgman 212 100 x — 6 5 2
WP — Dylan Reisig. LP — Oscar Trevino.
Top hitters — Hartford: Trey Ackerman 1b; Aaron Sinclair 1b. Bridgman: Schmaltz 3 1b, RBI; Griffin Weber 1b, 2 RBIs.
Records — Hartford 12-14, Bridgman 14-8.