BR-H takes two

HARRIS — The Bark River-Harris baseball team swept the Menominee Maroons here Tuesday in its first two games of the season.

The Broncos pulled off a shutout in the first game, winning 7-0.

Jackson Bower pitched a complete game one-hitter, striking out 12. Aidan Johnson collected two RBIs and one run. Zach Robinette went 1-for-3 with two runs and one RBI, and Carter Zawacki went 1-for-3 with two runs.

“To have out pitcher go a complete game in the first game of the year really got us going on a good note,” Broncos’ coach Al Botwright said. “This isn’t the first time Jackson has taken the mound and pitched for us like that. He’s had some really good starts for us in the past. We also played really well defensively.”

The Broncos won the second game 5-2 despite trying a different strategy with mixed results.

“We bunted a lot more in the second game, thinking we’d be able to execute better than we did,” Botwright said. “Given the fact this is the first time they’ve seen live pitching this year, our hitting was probably above and beyond what I expected.”

Nick Javurek got the save with no hits, no strikeouts and two walks allowed. Devin Racicot pitched 3 1/3 innings and allowed two hits, one walk and two runs, both of which were earned. He struck out four. Zawacki went 2-for-2 and notched two runs. Travis Mack went 1-for-3 and finished with two RBIs.

“Eight of our nine starters had no experience playing varsity baseball,” Botwright said. “To play good fundamental baseball at this point in the season is really good to see. We played rock solid defense too. It feels really good.”

The Broncos host the Gladstone jayvees Thursday.