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Broncos Sweep Sacred Heart

Russell Champion MascottAfter a season-opening doubleheader sweep at the hands of Hays High School one week ago, the Russell-Victoria Broncos Baseball team bounced back in a big way with a doubleheader sweep of Sacred Heart 10-9 and 15-8 in their North Central Activities Association Opener Thursdsay at the Shaffer Field Sports Complex.

The Broncos earned their victories the hard way especially in Game 1 when they trailed 9-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning.  Russell-Victoria scored six runs to pull within 9-7 thanks to RBI singles by Kyle Farmer, Kirk Huser, Brooks Nichols and Kyler Fritschen and a bases-loaded walk to Cole Schmidtberger.  The Broncos tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run single by Koby Decker.  After Decker got out of a small jam in the top of the seventh, the Broncos came to bat with a chance to win.

Fritschen led off with a walk and went to second base on a walk to Walker Braun.  Then Caden Oberle singled to left field bringing Fritschen home with the winning run.

In Game 2, Schmidtberger got the start and helped hs own cause when he doubled home Decker with two outs in the bottom of the second to give Russell-Victoria a 1-0 lead. Sacred Heart erupted for six runs in the top of the third with the help of two Bronco errors and two walks.  However, Russell-Victoria began their Game 2 comeback much earlier, rallying for five runs in the bottom of the frame to tie the score 6-6 thanks to the Knights returning the favor with two errors of their own and a bases-loaded walk as well as a two-run double by Huser, an RBI Single by Cooper Windholz, a sacrifice fly by Decker and a bases-loaded walk to Farmer.

After Sacred Heart regained the lead with two runs in the top of the fourth inning, the Broncos roared back with nine runs in the fifth and sixth innings including two run-scoring hits by Braun, a sacrifice fly by Farmer an RBI double by Schmidtberger two singles by Windholz to drive in three runs and an RBI groundout by Fritschen.

After Schmidtberger made it out of the fifth inning just before reaching the 105-pitch limit, Braun came in for the sixth and struck out the side.  He did it again in the seventh despite allowing two walks, securing the win.

Russell-Victoria (2-2, 2-0 NCAA) is next in action on April 10 when they host Ellinwood for a doubleheader at the Shaffer Field Sports Complex beginning at 4 p.m.

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