The season came to an end for the Bethel Bees baseball team as they were defeated by the Milton Union Bulldogs in their playoff matchup at Milton Union High School.
The game started well for the Bees as they took an early lead after the top of the first inning but the offensive fire power from Milton Union overwhelmed Bethel, and eventually the Bulldogs went on to end the game in the fifth inning after taking a ten run lead, winning 14-4.
The Bees had some difficulties in the field and Milton Union turned those fielding errors into extended innings for Bethel’s pitching.
Bethel started the top of the first inning hitting the ball well, and took a 3-0 lead. Tyler Brueckman got the Bee’s offense off to a good start with a one out single. Kenton Egbert then lined a single into left center field and moved Brueckman onto third base. When Egbert eventually stole second base, Brueckman was able to score from third on the Milton Union throwing attempt. Christian White drove in Egbert when he singled, and gave Bethel a 2-0 lead.
The Bee’s weren’t finished with their first inning scoring as Ben Lawson later drove in White and moved the early lead to 3-0 after the top of the first inning.
Milton Union didn’t waste much time getting back into it, as the Bees pitcher Austin Bird got into early trouble as the Bulldogs hit a bases loaded, two RBI double that was then eased as Bethel catcher, Hunter Shelley made a very nice defensive play, blocking Milton Union’s fourth run from scoring at the plate and ending an exciting first inning as the score was tied 3-3.
The Bees were unable to carry over the offensive success from the first inning into the second and third innings as their next six batters were retired in order.
Milton Union scored two runs in their half of the second inning and took a 5-3 lead into the fourth inning. During the top of the fourth inning, the Bees were able to cut the lead to one run as Steve Hatton hit a sacrifice RBI and made the score 5-4.
Bees starting pitcher Austin Bird ran into some difficulty in the bottom of the fourth inning as Milton Union was able to take advantage of some fielding errors on the Bees. The score was quickly 9-4 after the fourth inning and Bethel couldn’t string enough together to get back into it, and in the bottom half of the fifth inning the Bulldogs were able to go ahead 14-4 and ended the game due to run rule. Bethel’s Head Coach Brett Brookhart and his club had an impressive season and continued to give great effort even when facing difficulty. Though the season ended not as ideal as they hoped, the Bees and Coach Brookhart have much to be proud of after have a good season.