Babe Ruth Junior League: Rinker sweeps Brunswick, creeps closer to title
Two days after Rose Acre Farms missed its chance to open up a lead in the Babe Ruth Junior League standings by splitting a doubleheader, Rinker Materials closed the deal by sweeping Brunswick.
The Rinker wins, by margins of 10-7 and 14-8, put it in position to claim a share of the regular season championship with a victory in either of the two games it plays during the final week. Rose Acre, trailing by a game, finishes out Monday with a vital twinbill against Brunswick.
Rinker (8-2) followed its usual formula, get a good enough performance by its starting pitchers to hand the game over to side-winding right-hander Andy Dautenhahn in the late innings, for both decisions. Dautenhahn got a win in the opener at MHS Field when Rinker broke a tie with a run in the fifth inning and three in the sixth and notched his third save of the season during the nightcap.
Derrick Ostermann's RBI single keyed a three-run Brunswick rally in the bottom of the first inning of the early game. Dautenhahn's run-scoring single in the third helped Rinker catch up in the third and three walks, a hit batter and Jared Porter's single gave it a 6-4 lead in the fourth.
Matt Smith and Ostermann drove in runs with singles in the home half of the frame, but Dautenhahn would blank Brunswick over the next two sets, allowing Rinker to pull away. Josh Glassmaker swiped his way around the base paths after reaching on an error to break the deadlock in the fifth and delivered a two-run single, followed by Michael Crim's RBI single, for insurance runs in the sixth.
Glassmaker began the second game by holding Brunswick to two runs through the first three innings and was given a lift when five free passes, Dautenhahn's RBI single and an error resulted in six Rinker runs in the second.
Mike Klinge and Cody Dusenberry drew bases-loaded walks for two runs in the third, but Brunswick got a two-run single from Chris Sterling in the fourth to cut the deficit to four runs.
Five more free passes -- Brunswick pitchers giving up 11 walks and plunking three batters during the game --and a wild pitch got two of the runs back for Rinker during its next turn. Glassmaker singled home a run and scored in the fifth and, although Dautenhahn was roughed up for three runs in the sixth -- two plated by Smith's double -- he kept Brunswick (3-6) at a distance.
Porter had four hits and scored three runs and Glassmaker drove in four on the night for Rinker.