BARK RIVER — Resilient is the best way to describe the performance of the Bark River-Harris baseball team in a doubleheader sweep of North Central here Tuesday afternoon.
With the opener tied at three entering the bottom of the sixth, BR-H’s Johnnie Robinette led off with a double to center field. Tyler Racicot then drove him in with a single to right to give BR-H a 4-3 walk-off victory.
“That was a huge double by Johnnie to lead off the inning,” BR-H coach Al Botwright said. “Johnnie hit a ball real hard up the gap for a clean double. Tyler did a real nice piece of hitting by taking the ball to the opposite field. At minimum, he tried to at least move Johnnie over and he got rewarded for it.”
The Broncos trailed 2-0 after the second inning thanks to a couple defensive errors.
“We uncharacteristically had some defensive lapses. We gave up two unearned runs in the first two innings, which put us behind the 8-ball right away,” Botright said. “But we kept battling and scored two in the fifth and one in the sixth.”
Aidan Johnson had two hits and two RBIs, while Robinette also had two hits. Nick Javurek earned the win on the mound, allowing no hits while striking out five and walking two through 3 2/3 innings.
Carter Holle took the complete game loss for the Jets, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits while walking and fanning four.
The Broncos (11-6) overcame a 6-1 deficit to take the nightcap 10-7.
After the Jets put up six runs in the top of the third inning, BR-H responded with four in the bottom half to trim its deficit to 6-5. The Jets got one back in the top of the fourth to make it 7-5, but BR-H tied it with two runs in the bottom half. The Broncos then pulled away with three runs in the fifth.
“We put the bat on the ball quite a bit. We were selective at the plate… I think we only had five hits but we had at least five walks too,” Botwright said. “It was a good combination of selective batting and timely hitting. It seemed like we got hits when we needed them.”
Johnson, Robinette and Carter Zawacki led the Broncos with two RBIs each, while Javurek had their other RBI. Devin Racicot earned the win over two innings, surrendering one run on two hits while fanning three and walking two.
“We showed a lot of mental toughness, and we didn’t lose our focus. We got behind the 8-ball again, and for the most part, we maintained a positive mindset,” Botwright said. “Give our players a lot of credit. We’ve lost a lot of close games, but we finally pulled a couple out. Hopefully it’ll be a good omen for the next 10 days here before we get to districts.”
Noah Gorzinski and Caden Teiz led the Jets with three hits each. Wyatt Riley took the loss, surrendering five runs (three earned) on 10 hits while walking six and punching out four through 4 2/3 innings.
BR-H visits Superior Central for a twinbill Friday, while North Central hosts Norway for a doubleheader Tuesday.